Rania Khalek Dispatches from the Underclass

Category / Racism

All eyes are on Gaza, where the death toll from Israel’s merciless bombing campaign has topped 1,000. But back in Jerusalem, where sixteen-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair was burned alive by Jewish vigilantes in a “revenge killing” incited by Israeli politicians early this month, right-wing lynch mobs continue to roam the streets in search of Arabs to attack. Their […]

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This week marks our 10th episode of Unauthorized Disclosure. To celebrate, Kevin Gosztola and I spoke with independent journalist Aviva Stahl about her killer piece at The Nation on how the UK is stripping dual citizens of their British citizenship in an arbitrary and secretive process called citizenship deprivation. Some of those subjected to citizen deprivation, […]

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Authorities in Hayward, California are investigating the shooting death of Donny Gene Simmons Jr, a father of two who was shot dead Wednesday night by Hayward Police in front of his wife and two young daughters, marking the second fatal police-involved shooting by the Hayward Police Department this year. Police say that they were responding […]

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A Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week reveals that nearly 40 percent of white Americans have zero friends of color. It’s unlikely that anyone with a basic understanding of modern-day race relations in this country is surprised by these statistics, but it’s still staggering to think that the closest interactions a large portion of US whites […]

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The word “terrorism” is synonymous with “Middle Eastern” in this country, so much so that Arabs and Muslims faced harassment and assault even before any details about potential Boston Marathon bombing suspects were published. Heba Abolaban, a Palestinian woman in Malden, Massachussets, was walking with her friend this afternoon (both were wearing hijabs and strolling […]

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