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After Somali Immigrants arrived in Minneapolis, did Crime change differently than in other Minnesota Cities? (Fact Check)

There are some people on the internet, writing for websites with names like “Stormfront” and “Stuff Black People Don’t Lie,” who make a cottage industry out of posting a link every time a Somali immigrant is charged with a crime and blowing that single incident into a blanket condemnation of immigrants, Somalis, Africans and people […]

After Arrival of Somali Immigrants, was Lewiston a Crime Outlier for Maine?

Up here in Maine, if you ask a bunch of people on the street which is the most dangerous, crime-ridden town in the state, more than half will name Lewiston. Lewiston, Maine has a reputation for crime that many people blame on immigrants from the country of Somalia. There’s just one problem with that claim: […]

Is It True That No One Remembers Barack Obama Attending College?

Right wingers can’t stand the idea that Barack Obama has been a more successful President than their hero, George W. Bush. They argued throughout the 2008 campaign that Obama couldn’t be President because some of his ancestry is African, and they stick with that racist idea no matter how often reality proves it wrong. Instead, […]

Crowds Protest Outside Steve Scalise Fundraiser, Demanding The Racist Congressman Resign

This afternoon, large crowds of protesters are gathering outside a fundraiser for Congressman Steve Scalise – one of the top three Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Why? Steve Scalise is a raging racist. We already knew this:

– Steve Scalise attended a conference of white supremacists and gave a speech seeking political […]

Muslim Religious Extremist Violence And Christian Journalism

Journalists around the world are giving a great deal of attention to the killing of people working at a satirical French magazine. The attackers were Muslims angry about the magazine’s publication of blasphemous images of Mohammed, the central prophet of Islam.

This attention is justified, because the killings were a shocking reminder that religion is […]

Terrorist Attacks African-Americans, Republicans Say Racist Extremism Is No Big Deal

A terrorist attack in Colorado has narrowly missed its intended target: African-American civil rights activists with the NAACP. An unidentified middle-aged man in a pickup truck left an explosive device next to a can of gasoline outside of NAACP offices in the city of Colorado Springs yesterday. The civil rights activists survived because the explosive […]

Is the GOP As Backwards As Mike Huckabee?

This weekend, Mike Huckabee announced that he is entering the exploratory phase of a 2016 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. This news has Americans wondering just how far back into the GOP’s collection of relics Republican voters are willing to search in their quest for a presidential nominee.

It isn’t just the Mike Huckabee […]

Senate Hearing Focuses On Ebola Crisis… Thousands Of Miles Away

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “to examine the Ebola epidemic”. It seems like a good opportunity to reflect back on the Ebola crisis… the one that never ever posed a serious threat to the United States.

You see, it’s the Subcommittee on African Affairs that is holding the hearing. That’s […]

Mass Meeting for Mass Action Called in New York City

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network has called for a come-one-come-all meeting tomorrow in New York City. The cause: to bring an end to the systematic practices that lead to the discriminatory treatment of Black Americans at the hands of the criminal justice system. Their call to meet and plan an entire week of outrage is […]

Are the Racists Right? Is Minneapolis More Violent Since Somali Immigrants Arrived? The Answer Rhymes With “Fell, Snow.”

The blog “Stuff Black People Don’t Like” has made an incendiary accusation about Somali immigrants to Minneapolis, Minnesota:

“None of these Somalis in any city of the United States should be in the country, if the government was actually concerned with creating a strong future for the nation’s actual citizens. It is not. Minneapolis once […]

Did Somali Immigrants Really Plunge Lewiston, Maine into Crime? (2013 Fact Check Says…)

Since I moved to Maine, I’ve learned that Mainers think of some parts of their state as better than others. “Real Maine” includes the mill town of Millinocket, for example, but that term apparently doesn’t encompass the pastry, coffee and theater row of Hallowell. Someone needs to tell the thousands of people living in Hallowell […]