The history uncovered by Du Bois’ exhaustive research is revelatory.
culture & reviews
Letters to the editor, October 2020
An update on Mumia abu-Jamal; how the ERA was lost; outdated environmental science; farmworker rights; and a salute to Emma Goldman.
NBA players’ strike — the workers united!
Pro basketball players proved that, when united against systemic racism, they are stronger than the big-money league owners.
Exposing the greedy bastards who prey on poor people
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the sharp inequities in the U.S. into sharp relief. But they have always been there, and this book explains the role of business and government collusion.
Book review: Oil Under Troubled Water — how Australia exploited Timor-Leste
“Oil Under Troubled Water” explores Australia’s dirty deals with Timor-Leste. It’s an education every working person needs.
Food for the mind!
Unfortunately, we are still mid-pandemic. Fortunately, there’s lots of good stuff to watch, listen to, and read. Here’s an internationalist selection.
Review: Redbone and Black History: As Seen Through the Eyes of a Child
Helen Collier imparts hard truths about racism and slavery’s legacy in her video play.
Book Review: The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia
Bill Gammage documents the real history of Australia.
Big money sports — profit trumps safety
Reopen or not? With fans or not? Owners care about the money. Players and their unions care about their health and about fighting racism.
Mrs. America — how the ERA was lost
A riveting miniseries streaming on Hulu that tells the history of the 1970s battle for women’s equal rights, with important lessons for finishing the fight.