Tag Archives: racism

When Trump connects to the sins of the past, we should listen

We are killing young black men. We are killing them on the streets, and we’re killing them with games. When they tell us there’s systematic and persistent racism, that they’re afraid for their sons, we should listen. We’re killing Native Americans. We’re abandoning them to poverty, isolation and early death. When they tell us that […]

Thibodeau pushes back against 2016 election ugliness

It’s not easy for me to say something nice about state Senate President Mike Thibodeau. He once voted to fire me and eliminate my job. (I know, I’m setting myself up here, but go ahead and take the easy shot.) Democratic state Sen. John Nutting was in a feud with the Baldacci administration, where I […]

LePage forces us all to choose

Gov. Paul LePage’s racist comments earlier this week in Bridgton aren’t simply embarrassing. And they can’t be attributed to an innocent slip of the tongue. They’re dangerous and insidious. They are the blood slander that has been used to justify the torture and murder of black men and boys since Reconstruction. LePage used racially loaded language […]

We all have a responsibility to call out racism in our politics

Overt racism is having its heyday in politics. Oh, sure, most politicians stick with code words — “dog whistles,” they’re sometimes called — to thinly disguise racist comments meant to appeal to white voters while also offering a bit of deniability. But the code has been broken, and racism is right out in the open. […]

Prepare for 15 months of hate and race baiting

Some Republicans are rushing headlong into a campaign that will become the most destructive, divisive and racially charged of any in the country. The results for Maine – and for people of color living in our state – will be devastating. A group of Republican activists is working to place a People’s Veto on the ballot to […]

We can no longer claim not to see racism

By all means, take down the damned battle flag in South Carolina. And get it off the state flag of Mississippi, too. But if we are going to confront racism, we’re going to have to do a lot more than that. Today, the flag is a symbol of hate, oppression and defiance – defiance specifically […]

LePage’s politics abandon the human instinct to help

It’s a good thing Mark Watney is white. Watney is the protagonist of Andy Weir’s best selling novel, “The Martian,” which has been turned into what’s sure to be a major summer movie starring Matt Damon in the lead role. Astronaut Watney becomes stranded on Mars and is presumed dead after a freak storm and […]