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first the e protections of refugees -- trash the reputations of refugees, and we trash our own history. amy: the political crisis of our time. then, on this first anniversary of president trump's inauguration, we'll speak to a princeton professor who faced death threats after calling president trump a racist. >> donald trump is really the first president to embrace white supremacy since the administration of woodrow wilson . and i think that the implications of that can really be measured in the weight of the bodies of people who have been killed by open white supremacist and open racist over the last year.
amy: keeanga yamahtta taylor on race and class in the era of trump, from black lives matter to the white power presidency. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the house of representatives passed a short-term spending bill thursday setting up a high-stakes debate in the senate ahead of a midnight deadline tonight to reach a deal or face a government shutdown. voted 230-197rs in favor of republican led continuing resolution to fund the government through february 16. in the senate, many democrats have said they will vote against a bill that fails to protect recipients, undocumented young immigrants brought to the united states as children. this is paul ryan. not shut schumer, do down the federal government.
senate d democrats, do not oppoe anything that is in this ill. they're just holding this critical funding hostage for a deal the completely unrelated immigration issueue. yes, we need to address the daca program and we are engaged in good faith negotiations as we speak. but that deadline is weeks away. amy: it is not clear whether senate democrats will support another stopgap spending bill. speaking from the senate floor thursday, democratic minority leader chuck schumer noted this is the fourth continuing resolution before the senate in recent months. >> there is no promise and no likelihood that another kicking of the can down the road will get something done. we have to sit down together and solve this with the president or without. ofil that happens, no amount cr's will get this done. amy: protesters continued to
flood lawmakers' offices to demand passage of a so-called clean dream act, that would grant legal status to daca recipients without concessions for funding for the border wall or enhanced border security. on thursday, members of the group united we dream -- many of them daca recipients -- chanted "undocumented and unafraid" outside the office of virginia democratic senator mark warner. 100 daca recipients lose their status each day. as the deadline looms tonight, president trump heads to mar-a-lago to play golf and celebrate the first anniversary of his inauguration. in northern california, immigrant communities are bracing for a crackdown by u.s. immigration and customs enforcement, following reports that ice agents are planning raids with a goal of arresting over 1500 people. "the san francisco chronicle" reports the crackdown will be centered in the bay area, and that the ice raids will be the largest yet under president trump. news of the looming crackdown comes days after the agency's acting director thomas homan
said he would target california after it formally declared itself a sanctuary state for immigrants at the start of the new year. homan has also said he wants to arrest politicians who resist the trump administration's immigration policies. on tuesday, homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen told a senate committee she was looking into charges.. >> the department of justice is reviewing what avenues might be avaiailable. the contexext of this is not ony puputting my ice officers at rik of a finding an efficient and effective way to enforce our immigration laws. in carbondale, colorado, immigrant rights activists joining nationwide women's mamarches on saturday will rally to the defense of sandra lopez, an undocumented immigrant and mother of three who's taken sanctuary with a local church to avoid being deported to mexico. lopez is a leader with the colorado immigrant rights coalition. she has fought removal proceedings since she was arrested in 2010 after she says one of her children mistakenly
dialed 911. charges in the case were dropped, but she's faced the prospect of deportatation ever since. this is sandra lopez speaking recently with democracy now! from inside the unitarian parsonage where she's taken sanctuary with her 2-year-old daughter. >> we need to be orgaganized. we need to leave behind d the fr anand the shadows and cocontinue raising our voices. there is a quote that "divided we fall" but we're going to continue defending our dignity and continue defending sanctuary. amy: the trump admdministratatin has removed haitians from eligibility under a pair of u.s. visa programs that offer immigrants a chance to work in low-wage jobs. in a regulatory filing, the department of homeland security said this weekek haitians will o longer be allowed to obtain h-2a agricultural and h-2b non-agricultural temporary work permits. in explaining its move, the dhs cited what it called high levels of fraud and abuse committed by haitians.
in november, president trump ended temporary protected status, or tps, for nearly 60,000 haitians, many of whom came to the united states after the devastating 2010 earthquake in haiti. in haiti's capital port-au-prince, demonstrators gathered thursday outside the u.s. embassy to protest trump's policies and to condemn his recent remarks in which he called haiti, el salvador, and african nations "s-hole countries." this is david oxygene of the movement f for liberty and equality of haitians. >> we are saying that donald trump is a racist, criminal president. he can't set foot on this land. he should not come to any country in the caribbean, nor any in africa because he treats those countries like [beep] amy: the u.s. supreme court has frozen a lower court ruling striking down north carolina's
congressional district map as unconstitutional. the high court's 7-2 ruling was submitted without explanation, with justices sotomayor and ruth bader ginsburg dissenting. last week's lower court ruling marked the first time a federal court has struck down a congressional map because of political gerrymandering. thursday's freeze by the supreme cocourt is likikely to keep in e north carolilina's long, windin, and oddly-shaped congressional districts through november's midterm elections, in a delay that will likely benefit republicans. new w data from nasa and the united nations show 2017 was the among the hottest years in recorded history, second only to 2016, as global carbrbon dioxide levels soared to a new record level and global surface temperatures rose by 2 degrees fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. this is omar baddour, senior scientist with the world meteorological organization. >> today we can announce that [indiscernible]
we can say it is part of the record.rmest records onn 2015, 2016, and 2017. amy: 2017's near-record heat came without el niño weather patterns that historically drive global temperatures higher, suggesting that human activity has dwarfed natural variability as the largest driver of the climate. secretary of state rex tillerson has announced u.s. troops will remain indefinitely in syria. >> but let us be clear, the united states will maintain a military presence in syria, focused on ensuring isis cannot reemerge. amy: tillerson said the troops are need to counter the government of syrian president bashar al-assad and iranian influence. this comes as the monitoringng group airwars has revealed as many 6100 civilians were killed in u.s.-backed airstrikes in syria and iraq last year, more than double the previous year.
-- three times higher than the previous year. meanwhile, tension is rising on the northern border of syria as turkey is preparing for what looks like an assault in the kurdish enclave of afrin. the trump administration acknowledged thursday it is withholding $45 million in emergency food aid pledged to palestinians living under israeli occupation. this is state department spokesperson heather nauert speaking on thursday. >> that was something that we contributiono make in early 2018 for that 40 finally nellis for the west bank and gaza emergency appeal, noah simply for food aid. we routinely provide them with that cap of forecasting. at the time when we provided , we information to unrwa made clear was a pledge, not a guarantee, and it would need to be confirmed later. amy: the move to withhold food aid came as the trump administration cut off a further $65 million in annual u.s. funding for unrwa, the united nations agency for palestinian refugees.
meanwhile, the trump administration said thursday it would relocate its embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem by the end of the year -- a move condemned by palestinians, who say negotiations over the final status of the city are critical to any future peace agreement. in egypt, media activists have launched a new archihive holding hundreds of hours of footage shot and collected around the 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator hosni mubarak. the archive, named 858: an arche of resistance, was compiled by the egyptian media collective mosireen and is 858.ma.le online at president trump's appointee to the federal agency that runs americorps and other service programs has resigned after cnn aired a series of comments he made disparaging women, muslims, blacks, immigrants, gays, lesbians, and trans people. carl higbie resignation as chief of external affairs in the
corporation for national and community service came after cnn rebroadcast higbie's remarks to radio shows, as recently as 2016, in which higbie says black people suffer from lax morality and that they think that breeding is a form of employment. higbie led the pro-trump great america pac and served as a surrogate for then-candidate donald trump in 2016, when he defended trump's proposed registry of muslims by citing world war ii japanese-american internment camps. the trump administration clear the way thursday for health care workers to refuse to provide services, including abortions, gender affirming surgery, and contraception that run counter to their stated moral or religious convictions. this is the head of the newly-formed office of civil rights inside the health and human serviceses department. >> we are seeing with the launch of this division, you do not need to shed your religious identity, shed your mororal convictions to be part of the public square. everyone is entitled to an equal seat. amy: naral pro-choice america
blasted the move, tweeting -- "despite the name, this division isn't actually here to enforce religious freedom -- it's designed to protect providers who discriminate against women & lgbtq people." the new department is supposedly called the conscience and religious freedom division. that is of the hhs. women employees of the united nations say the organization is rife with sexual harassment and assault, with accusers largely ignored and perpetrators free to act with impunity. the guardian interviewed dozens of current and former united nations employees, who described a worldwide culture of silence across the u.n., and a grievance system that is stacked against victctims. meanwhile, former colleagues of "los angeles times" ceo ross levinsohn have accused the paper's executive of creating a frat house environment rife with sexual harassment. npr reports levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits, and is known for publicly ranking the so-called hotness of female co-workers. the report comes as the "l.a. times" focuses much of its
coverage on the growing #metoo movement and the "times up" campaign against sexual abuse in hollywood. and paul booth, long-time labor leader and anti-war activist, has died at the age of 74. in 1965, booth helped lead the first major march against the vietnam war in washington, d.c. through much of the 1960's, paul booth was a spokesperson for students for a democratic society, the campus-based civil rights and anti-war group. booth went on to organize on behalf of working people for more than four decades with afscme, the country's largest public-employees union. paul booth died wednesday of complications frfrom leukemia in washington, d.c. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, demomocracynow.org, the war r ad peace report. i'm amy goodman. the house of representatatives passed a short-term spending bill late thursday, setting up a high-stakes showdown in t the sesenate today ahead o of a midt deadline to reach a deal or face government shutdown. 230-197 members voted
in favor of republican-led continuing resolution to fund the government through february 16. in the senate, many democrats have said they will vote against a bill that t fails to protect young dreamers. , undocumented immigrants who are brought to the u.s. as children. this is mitch mcconnell. >> they want a sensible compromise on immigration. but they cannot, madam president, for the life of them understand why, why some senators would hold the entire arrive hostage until we problem that to a does not fully materialize until march. military families, veterans, and thedren benefiting from schip program don't need to be shoved aside.
they don't need to be shoved aside while we continue good-faith negotiations. amy: 100 daca recipient's lose their status every day. well, the debate over immigration could not only force a u.s. government shututdown. our next guestst argues that migrants and refugees ara a key political crisis worldwide. the united nations' refugee agency's most recent annual report says the number of displaced people worldwide has hit a record high, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes across the globe -- that is 20 people forced to flee their homes every single minute. these refugees often face deadly journeys to reach safety. last week,k, humanitarian groups said dozens of refugees drowned when their b boat sank off the coast of libya en route to europe. this week, the arizona humanitarian group no more deaths accused u.s. border , patrol agents of routinely sabotaging or confiscating humanitarian aid left by activists near the border with mexico, condemning some mexican and central american refugees to die of exposure or dehydration in the sonora desert.
as the humanitarian crisis grows, many nations, particularly the united states, are limiting immigration and closing their borders. during his first year in office, president trump has sought to ban n all refugees and citizensf mainly majority-muslim nations. and when federal judges struck down multiple veversions of f te so-called muslim travel bans, trump then slashed the number of refugees who could be resettled in the united states this year, capping the number at 45,000 -- the lowest level in three decades. meanwhile, the trump administration has also cut $65 million in annual contributions to the u.n. palestinian refugee agency, known as unrwa. on thursday, pope francis made an urgent appeal on behalf of refugees and migrants, while speaking on the last day of his visit to chile. >> we know well there is no christian joy when doors are closed. there is no christian joy when others are made to feel unwanted, when there's no room for them in our. we must be alert that work is
becoming more precarious, which destroys lives and homes. we must alert to those that take advantage of the irregularly of immigrants because they don't understand the language or don't have their papers. we must be alert to the lackck f housing, land, and work of so many families. amy: well, for more, we're joined now by david miliband, president and ceo of the international rescue committee. former british labor mp, and the brother of labor leader ed miliband. his new book is titled, "r"resc: refugees and the political crisis of our time." welcome to democracy now! >> good to be with you. have heard, david, all of the headlines -- half of them involve immigrants, involve refugees, involve people taking sanctuary across the country. california declaring itself a sanctuary state and the trump administration officials threatening to arrest not only refugees, but politicians who defy trump administration policy.
this is the anniversary of president trump's inauguration. what is your assessment of his approach to immigrants in this country? it has always been a matter of politics as well as policy. there's a lot of confusion. one of the points of my book is a refugee is someoeone who f fld their home as the result of conflict or persecution. an economic migrant is someone seeking a better life. i think the way i would summarize the approach of the trump administration is a of americanthe best history. it is not that throughout the ages america has always made itself open refugees and immigrants from around the world. there have been dark periods of american history. but the best, both in respect to immigration and refugee -- and we should talk about the difference between them. but the best of american history has established this country as a haven for those who are seeking not just a place of safety from persecution, but a chance to start a new live and
contribute to society they are arriving in. president has d done, foror one example, the fact the president has happened a number of refugees who should be allowed to come to thehe u.s. fm 90,000 years that have been allowed since the 1980 since ronald reagan's time to just 45,000. the truth is, the administration that is putting that is not delivering 45,000 refugees, at about 20,000. because of the actions of the department of homeland security, you're seeing a quartering of america's historic refugees at the time there are record numbers of refugees around the world. this is significant for individual cases and for the last minute said elsewhere in the world. a country like america has 1% of the world's refugees. countries like ethiopia, lebanon, jordan, that the most refugees in the world. i think there's an issue of substance, but also symbolism at stake. amy: i want to step back for a minute.
why you care so much about the issue of migrants come of refugees, vim a great. talk about your own family background. i was born in safety in the u.k. in 1965, but both of my parents were refugees from -- my dad from belgium in 1940 and my mom survived the war in poland, came to the u.k. as a refugee in 1946. i don't want to exaggerate the sense in which today's crisis is a parallel of previous crises, but there are simililar issues. the momost fundamentntal issue s whether those whoho are not persecuted have a duty to thosee who are. i call it thehe duties of strangers. it seems the besest lessons of human history are when the duties of strangerers is exhibited, it builds n not justa moral planet, but a safer planet. what we're seeing today ironically in a world more connected than ever before, is it is a world -- the danger is
defined by walls, not connections. i think that goes to the heart of t the politicical crisis as fofollows the policy crisis. amy: how would you characterize president trump's policies? you're born in britain, but you work in new york. >> the refugee committee was founded by albert i done, one of thisuslim is refugees in country -- one of the most famous refugees in this country. i have lived and worked in the u.s. over the last four years. i think global leadership has an abandoned or abdicated, the sense that america established itself not with high moral tone, but with a set of principles and values that would be enshrined not just constitutionally and legally, but also in policies. that has been abandoned. i think the question facing the country is whether or not that is going to be consolidated in the next three years or whether he can be reversed. the truth is, if you carry on reducing the number of refugees herere, if plans
to reduce international aid budget are followed through, then there will be a double whammy on the world's most vulnerable people. amy: on capitol hill, a slew of want to have joined members of the black congreressional caucus in backing a resolution to censure president trump over his racist comments in which the president reportedly called african nations, el salvador, and haiti "s-hole countries." but he said the curse. several democratic lawmakers have announced they will alslso skip t the state of ththe union address on january 30 over trump's racist remarks. can you talk about what he said? it is not only calling people -- what's countries one as for classification, they want to know if they are in the thate category, but using word. but also saying, we want more immimigrants from norway? , the way i would put
it, the presidency has been dragged into the gutter not just by the language, but the thinking behind it. -- everyy, botswana african country is asking if that includes them. if that is true, the countries that produce the most refugees are war-torn. they are conflict-ridden. as some of them are courting conflict as a result of a resource curse, not a policy chris. think about the democratic republic of congo. the conflict there is because of the resources that exist in that country, not because of the policy. i think it is really i important that the people were condemned as well as the country. that is the most pernicious aspect of what was s said. my point would be that this has a domino effect around the
world. when the jordanian government is hosting 650,000 refugees come on the lebanese governmentt is hosting 1 million and the canyons of one million, the worst forces in those countries will be fighting president trump in their defense. there is a profound question both about how the country governs itself internally, but also wasn't of role he wants to play externally. theinteresting thing about troubled administration, domestic and international agenda come together on this issue. amy: one of the things we topntly played at the of the show, the clips of the defining of refugees as terrorists, and your point that in fact, it is the opposite. >> these are people that are fleeing terror. you cited syria in her introduction. people should know, the war in the area is not over. it is being prosecuted not primarily by the american government, but by the syrian government.. 200,0000 syrians in the northwet of the country have injured been
from their homes by bombing campaign in the last six or seven weeks. people who are the victims of terror. some of them get good press coverage, some of them -- the appalling stories of the women being chased from their homes by ices, they get a sympathetic ear. they become the most patriotic and productive citizens when they find refugees. i think there's one other point as well. america's make a small commitment. the largest book stay in the country's closest to war. one of the most pernicious parts of the trump narrative is that somehow america is airing an undue burden of the worlds
problems. that isn't the case when it comes to humanitarian and refugee issues. amy: can you talk about president trump shutting off funding, s something like $65 million, to unrwa, to the u.n. palestinian refugee agency, and the significance of what this means for palestinians? >> the palestinian population is the longest standing refugee population. it was only after the second world war that the refugees were given any right for international law, the state of israel, palestinian refugees, lebanon, jordan, elsewhere in the middle east. provides a bubble for children. it is a bubble providing support to education for kids. $65 million, you are right, being granted, is the first part of a three-part delivery of american aid to support this organization. it seems to me very important that we don't lose sight of the people on the receiving end of
this. you have 1.8 million people in gaza, half are children. he a palestinian refugees elsewhere in the region. the message that is being sent is a rejection to them and their condition. it seems to me goes to the heart of what the country should be standing for at a time when the u.n. is needed more than ever before, the last thing the u.n. needs is one of its us effffecte programs to o have the rug pulld from under i it. a gazawant to go to resident. they are saying sosoon they coud starve unless international donors step up to fill the funding gap left by president trump. w will be lost. it will be a catastrophe. people will be stealing fromom each other. we will live in a catastrophe. we will suffer to provide food. people will l kill each other. >> what should i do? should i sell one of my kids o r my kidneney? should i go and steal or work as a spy? i need cooking oil, eggs, bread. met tuesdayb league
for a two-day conference where y -- >> the crisis in gaza is a crisis ofthe wider what is called the peace, but there is in a peace process among the palestinian issue. when i was in gaza in 2012, i thatto visit, and the fact half the population is under the age of 18 is ignored in so much of the coverage. this is a very tightly confined area. mechanisms inare place to make sure people don't starve, but that doesn't mean there is in grave need there. frankly, grave danger of radidicalization. for the first time, their reports s of isis organizing inn gaza and the equation between extremism is well documented. both moral and strategic reasons, i think this is a
misbegotten policy. amy: talk about what you think is a solution to the refugee crisis. >> it is easy to spend the time thinking, 65 million people displaced, displays for an average of 10 years, half are in urban areas. one could always think there is endless suffering. in my book, i point out in addition to the refugee resettlement issue, for the most vulnerable cases, three things are absolutely key. first, since half our kids, education needs to come center stage. traditionalllly in the humanitarian sector, education is seen as a luxury. only 2% of global humanitarian funding. aucation is a lifetime, not luxury. second, refugees need to be allowed to work. 60% are in urban areas. adults need the ability to contribute to the societies they're living in. the countries hosting them, low, though, they need economic
support. thirdly, the traditional image of a refugee is someone given a tent or fleece. the thing that refugees day more than anything else is cash. they need to be able to participate in the local market in the area they're living in. it shows if you empower refugees, you bring wealth to the host community. but the local population is under enormous stress. there are towns whose population doubles as a result of a refugee influx post of ugaganda, a couny with only $1000 income per head per person is receiving one million refugees and low last year. they are not building the wall, but they need support to help encourage those people to be able to contribute to the ugandan economy. it seems to me if you take seriously the education, the employment, the cache support, you can redesign the communitarian aid system so instead of simply helping people survive from one year to a next, is giving the chance to lead a
dignified life. amy: you talked earlier about so many refugees come from war-torn countries. >> by definition, almost all of them do. the vast bulk of the refugee flow -- amy: what about those who vote for war. for example, you were a politician before you were head of the international rescue committee, labor parliamentarian m a m p, in britain. didn't you vote authorize the war in iraq? >> i did. the story of iraq is a terrible tale. -- therese, the war were no weapons of mass destruction. i speak openly about this in the book that any resident -- without reservation. i think it is important to understand that the crisis of diplomacy that exist at the moment i israel. we know the trump administration cut 30% from the state department.
as foreign minister, i spent my time preventing a war in the balkans. i spent my time trying to stop the slaughter and sure longer were residents were taught in the north -- there's a crisis of peacemaking that stands at the root of the refugee crisis today. it seems to me it is that that we need to speak to in a very thoroughgoing waway. amy: if you could cast a vote again -- >> of course, i would not cast it in the same way. amy: so talk about that. talk about what led you to do it and what was the new information you have, what you realize now, and what advice you have to politicians today who are making decisions -- >> these are hard decisions. in 2003, the main issue for the u.k. parliament was there were significant levels of undocumented weapons of mass destruction. there was documentation the way in which saddam hussein regime
had failed to dispose of thee weapons of mass destruction from 1991. everyone thought they were there. it turns out they were not. the heart of the mistake was in respect to that rick perry of. i think there is a wider point which is that the war in in 2003tan was not over and is still not over today. it seems to me there has been a real political failure both in afghanistan and iraq in developing institutions that are credible and legitimate institutions for the sharing of political power. the biggest lesssson i've drawn from thehe last 20 years as a country's established legitimate and credible systems for sharing political power, even in the fragile context of dust lebanon is a good example -- they have a stake in the government. it is a fragile country but every community has a stake in power. the country has not been a cicil
war since 1990. those who don'tt, afghanistan, iraq, those are the ones that fall into failed states. amy: would you say the greatest driver of the refugee crisis, these wars, the longest war in u.s. history, afghanistan and iraq, are really what broke the middle east? therehink you would say are two things, one, the war in iraq is part of that. but the drive of middle eastern populations of airbnb arab relations,i have revealed their views onto the street, not just in the arab spring, , and not just arab you. there's always been a civil war in syria since 2001. it started with avoiding torture by his own government. in 2005, 250 syrian intellectuals were dementing accountable government.
i think there is a danger in thinking all of this comes from western policy. don't ignore the people on the receiving end. the truth about significant parts of the arab world is the absence of accountable government can't the absence of opportunities for women, the absence of opportunities for young people. remember, 60% of the arab world is under 30. it is the lack of those opportunities that is driving the challenge to government authority in the region. he of seen that remarkably in a ran most recently. amy: would you describe president trump as racist? >> racist statements having clear. the most important thing now is the voice of america is not simply the voice of president trump. itit is the voice of nine to people who listen to your show. around the world, america's reputation has never been lower. there is a side of america being lost, and that
site is when a refugee comes when theymunity, arrive in dallas or houston or san diego, the american reaction them, not torn build a wall, it is to knock on the door and say, "where you from? how can i help you? do you know the way the local schools work? we want to help you." i think that side of america needs to be heard. at the moment, the world is seeing another side. amy: david miliband, thank you for being with us, president and ceo of the international rescue committee. former british labor mp, former british foreign secretary. his new book is "rescue: refugees and the political crisis of our time." this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. when we come back, keeanga yamahtta taylor will be talking to us about what she describes as the white power presidency.
amy: this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goododman. as president trump completes his first year in office, activists in cities across the country will hold mass protests saturday on the first anniversary of the historic women's march. this comes as a slew of lawmakers have joined members of the black congressional caucus in backing a resolution to censure president trump over his racist comments in which the president reportedly used an expletive to refer to african nations, el salvador, and haiti.
several democratic lawmakers say they will also skip the state of the union address onon january 0 over trump's racist remarks. calling countrieies like haiti,l salvador, and the continent of africa s-holes. meanwhile, trump himself denies being a racist, claiming on sunday that he is "the least racist person." pres. trump: no. no, i'm not a racist. i'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed. that i can tell you. amy: that was president trump speaking to reporters on sunday. yet, over the last year, trump has repeatedly faced national and international condemnation over his comments and actions. trump has tried several times to ban citizens of some majority-muslim nations from entering the u.s., executive orders that many called muslim bans. the president refused to condemn the deadly white supremacist violence in charlottesville, virginia in august in which ku klux klan members and other far-right extremists attacked anti-racist counteter protester, killing 32-year-old heather heyer. instead, trump blalamed both sis for ththe attacks and claimemed
there were "very f fine people" among the white nationalists. trump has repeatedly attacked african american nfl players who take the knee during the national anthem before games in order to protest racial injustice and police brutality. and trump has endorsed and campaigned for the racist, xenophobic, homophobic alabama republican senate candidate roy moore, who was defeated in large part by black women voters. trump pardoned the notorious racist former arizona sheriff joe arpaio, who has now declared he's running for u.s. senate in arizona. he's repeatedly retweeted white nationalists. and trump has also repeatedly insulted native americans, including attempting to use pocahontas as a racial slur to insult massachusetts senator elizabeth warren, who says her family is part cherokee. among the times trump tried to use pocahontas' name as a racial slur w was during a whwhite houe ceremony honoring navajo code talkers, native americans who served in the marines during world war ii and used the navajo language in order to transmit encoded information.
trump and his justice department, led by attorney general jeff sessions, have also pushed policies that seek to roll back years of civil rights gains, including limiting federal oversight of police departments with a history of civil rights violations, and ramping up the war on drugs. the list goes on and on. discuss trump's first year in two office, and where racial justice movements go from here, we are joined by keeanga-yamahtta taylor, assistant professor of african american studies at princeton university. author of "from #blacklivesmatter to black liberation" and editor of a new collection of essays titled "how we get free: black feminism and the combahee river collective." welcome to democracy now! >> very glad to be here. amy: we had you on one year ago almost exactly. we were in washington, d.c., broadcasting from public ofevision whut studios howard university. a few months later, he would
speak at hamsher college. tell us what you said and what happened next. >> well, i gave a commencement speech in which, you know, a 19 minute speech, to kind of set the context for where the students were and what the world they were going into. i talked about trump for probably all of 30 seconds. but i said what i thought to be true, that the world that they were graduating into was very dangerous and one of the main factors in that was because the president of the united states donald trump was a racist, sexist, megalomaniac. today, especially given the list of examples that you just went thatgh, it seems ludicrous i would be attacked by fox news, received hate mail, death
threats for making what is so clear and to me such an obvious statement. and i think that the fallout from that with the right was kind of a prelude to an attack on academics, an attack on radicals, for really saying the truth about the nature of this administration. aboutou have talked president trump, white supremacy, and the precedents set by this president going back to woodrow wilson. you teach at princeton. can you talk more about that? mean, therear -- i is a parsing of trump's words in the mainstream media to determine if trump is a racist
or does he just make racist statements? amy: he makes racial statements. >> yes. it shows how the discussion around what is racism in the united states is deteriorated so that unless someone is declaring "i am a racist" or burning a cross, that everyone is loathed or reluctant to identify what is painfully obvious. and so i think that the trump administration's embrace of naked andemacy is obvious. but i also think we have to understand what the impetus for that is. because rarely in american history, especially when we are talking about elected officials and the political establishment, is the racism purely for the sake of racism? that it is just driven solely by vitriol. i think we have to understand the racism of donald trump and
be sort of alt-right racism of the republican party in general in combination with their naked money grab, with the smash and grab operation of the tax cuts, of the effort to really radically redistribute wealth from the bottom to the top -- that they have set out on aa course to basically explain away thee conditions and what i think is legitimate economic anxiety of ordinary white people, and say that it is the muslims, the mexicans, and the blacks. and now we can add to that, it is the, you know, the countries of africa, haiti, el salvador who want to send their supposed refuse to our country, that is the reason why you are in the insecure condition that you are. so i think we have to see those two things as linked.
which is not to diminish the impact that racism has in this country. because as i said earlier, the weight -- the impact of the open embrace of white supremacy in this administration can be literally weighed and measured in the weight of the bodies of the people who have been killed by white supremacists in this country. i ththink it was a report earlir this week that said why supremacists, deaths by white supremacists account for the largest number of deaths of so-called extreme groups in this country. impact that is an is being made by that that has to be accounted for. amamy: you talk k about in t the "how weg g of your book thefree: black feminism and
, he river collective," about the election -- of black women voters had cast their ballot for hillary clinton with circulated prove that black woman had done their part to keep trump out of the white house. take it from there. >> i think that was part of the narrative. bear nock women responsibility for the trump administration. which is true, but i think there was a larger story in there that really has been missed by a lot blame efforts to assign of trump.ectoralizing for me, the more interesting part of the election was that 100 million people did not vote. that there are almost 240 eligible voters -- 240 million eligible voters in the united states, and all must 100 million people did not partiticipate inn
election that was discussed is the most consequential of our lifetime. me, the question was, what does that say about our political system? and so i think that that discussion got missed in talking about the level of electoral support for hillary clinton by black women by also not looking at how the numbers of black women who participated in the elections was actually down from 2012, the obama election, which brought out historic numbers of people. understandingt that 100 million people did not participate in the election is really critical to this ongoing debate about the state of the democratic already and whether or not the party is actually in a position to pose an
alternative, a credible alternative, to the republicans 202018, and the looming election. we cannot have a serious discussion about that without talking about the 100 million people who did not vote in the last election. quinnipiacbout this poll that has just come out? talking about the overwhelming percentage of african-americans supporting bernie sanders? beginsink, hopefully, it to shift the very narrow discussion that the sanders phenomenon has driven solely by " thebernie bros african-americans are not interested in socialism, african-americans are not interested in bernie sanders. in fact, the polls showed sanders had the highest favorability rating among
african-americans by country mile compared to white people. i think was 43% of white had a favorable view of bernie sanders compared to 70% of african-americans and 55% of latinonos. i don'n't think this is a complicated question. why is that? because i think most people understand, black people understand it is things that bernie sanders argued for, the redistribution of wealth from the top to the bottotom, univerl health care, a livining wage, so on and so forth, the redistribution of resources from the criminal justice system to public machine to services and public institutions, that that would have an immediate impact in the lives of black people and black communities. immediate positive impact. and people know that. so i think that these are the kind of facts and information whetted into the debate about whahat direction fr
the democratic party. because we also know from a democratic a already establishmt that there is a war against the sanders influence within ththe party. there was a purge of sanders supporters within the dedemocrac national committee.. so there is going to be a reckoning in that party about actual l direction is. i t think for progressives, for the left, and certainly for radicals, that the ease with which peoplple cave in to the decisions to back various democratic party leaders, take off or democratic party candidates, remove the pressure to force thatary party to actually see attention to the agenda of ordinary people from below. and that is a calculus that has to shift in the coming elections. amy: we're going to go to break and come back to this discussion. keeanga-yamahtta taylor from
amy: the african-american author, activist community's is an died this week at the age of 79. for many years, lester hosted uncle tom's cabin on pacific radio stationwbai in new york. in 1964, he risked his life to join civil rights activists in the south. julius lester went on to service photographer for the student nonviolent or r dating committe. -- corn ending committee. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, , e war andd peace report. i'm amy goodman. we continue our conversation with our guests keeanga-yamahtta , assistanant professor of african american studies at princeton university. our with a new book "how we get free."
i'm sorry, you just heard that julius lester died. insert a break that to you. >> terrible news. amy: "how we getet free," your book. theou could talk about who river collective is, and we will do a post show after this because we have to go longer than we have time for, but the whole issue of this when radical women's collective really quitting the term identity politics, taking on the issue of intersection analogy and this was 40 years agogo. >> the, he river collective was a group of black radical 1974ist that formed in that consider themselves to be a an organization called the national black feminist organization, which i think they would characterize as certainly to the left of mainstream white feminism,
feminist organizations, but still not far enough to the left in terms of the combahee's focus on linking women's oppression to capitalism and linking them black women oppression to capitalism, but more importantly, i think of equal importance, is seeing the liberation of black women was connected to a radical reconstruction of american society. in 1974he group formed and really was active around issues of abortion rights, rupert of the freedom -- including campaigning against sterilization, taking up the struggle against domestic violence. and against violence against women. they were based in boston. during this time, there was really a spate of violent
attacks against black women. black women were being killed in cases that were going unresolved. this really shaped the political world they were active in. in 1977, they produced a document that is really foundatitional in the politics f radical black feminism called "the combahee collective river statement" that both theorized aspects of black women's oppression, but also connected that to strategies that they believed would be central to ending it. both in terms of how to link the struggles black w women face to the struggles of other oppressed people, which they called coalition building, but also the need to have transformative revolutionary radical politics. and so i think, you know, this
is the 40th anniversaryry were lester, 2017 was the 40th anniversary of the publication of the statement. part of my innovation for doing this book, which is a republication of the statement itself, interviews with the three authors of the statement, digit isally try that politics and the practice and the lives and experiences of these women to a new generation of activism. amy: what would you say their messages to them today? >> i think their message for them today is that it is not enough just to identify the ways that black women are oppressed, but that it is important to synthesize the analysis with a plan of action. it is important to act because that is the only way that black women will get free. amy: i want to thank you so much for being with us. we will do part two of this discussion and post it online at democracynow.org.
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