Woody Guthrie Despised His Landlord Fred Trump – Donald’s Father

No real surprise there – it’s safe to assume that the hard-travellin’ leftist folk radical had little sympathy for a New York real estate capitalist. It’s still interesting to read the piece over at Gawker, as the story sheds some light on the racism at the core of the Trump empire:“What Guthrie discovered all too …

Cruz: Letting Muslim Syrian Refugees Into The U.S. Is ‘Crazy’

The junior senator from Texas, born in Canada to a father who immigrated from Cuba in the 1950s, is the latest GOP candidate to claim that a significant number of those fleeing from a civil war are actually sleeper terrorists. For what it’s worth I think that rhetoric like this is neither democratic nor Christian …

“The Gray Complexity that is the Real Dixie”

Errin Whack,in an article for NPR’s Code Switch blog, reviews Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set A Watchman and argues that it is a revelation on race, even if that is uncomfortable for many fans of To Kill A Mockingbird:Truths can be hard, and truths about race in this country are often the hardest – especially when the revelations …

This idea of “ruining,” or really, “changing” Cuba, felt condescending and arrogant, erasing the Cuban people from their own narrative. Since the founding of the United States, when Thomas Jefferson’s “candidly confessed[ed]” his desire to colonize the island nation to the moment when Americans “celebrated” Cuba’s independence from Spain—and then proceeded to exploit the country’s …

incaseyuhnevaknow: skankinevenwhenitwasntcool:tristanpej:Man watches his wife and child leave as he’s awaiting deportation. No human being is illegal Funny how passports and borders didn’t exist when white people were invading the rest of the goddamn world… This is heartbreaking, right down to the US flag on his shirt. By the way, I can’t take conservative politicians …

I’m just gonna put this here.Desaparecidos have removed all narrative subtlety and replaced it with political vehemence. But the lyrics are still smart hand the music has a kicking heart that I haven’t heard from Conor Oberst since the Road to Joy. Payola is not flawless and the political vehemence is not without its own …