Opinion

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Sugar's bittersweet history

The history of sugar  is a fascinating, complicated and ongoing journey that takes us through the brutal depths of slavery to the heights of resistance and abolition, to the ingenuity of invention from Hershey's milk chocolate to Brazil's biofuels.

The Freedom Rides turn 50

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Freedom Rides, which contributed mightily to breaking the back of legal segregation in the South.

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Obama, Trump and the new racism of the right

From Oklahoma's Sally Kern to Donald Trump, it would appear that the party of Lincoln has become the party of John Wilkes Booth.

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Tea party picked the wrong flag

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law last week that provides special protected status for the tea party-adopted  "Don't Tread on Me" flag.

150 years later, a new battle over labor

Our country today, April 12, marks the 150th anniversary of the official start of the Civil War with the firing on Fort Sumter.

The Civil War, our fiery trial

150 years ago today, the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.

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Save the children: Tax the rich

The way out of this crisis is to stop blaming the victims and to make the wealthy culprits pay. It is irresponsible and immoral not to do so.

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Public workers are US

Under the guise of "fiscal responsibility" the tea party GOP extreme right at both the federal and state level is wielding a two-edged sword aimed at the heart of the black and Latino community's economic life.

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Black unemployment, working class unity

The 1930s slogan, "Black and white, unite and fight." is relevant today. General appeals for jobs and relief, for public works jobs and  full employment measures have to be combined with targeted job creation in  communities where the hardship is the most severe.

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What Frederick Douglass tells us about today

Frederick Douglass was one of the great people’s leaders of the 19th century. And yet his towering intellect and multifaceted political experience have been insufficiently appreciated.

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