Stories by Salim Muwakkil

Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor of In These Times, where he has worked since 1983. He is the host of "The Salim Muwakkil" show on WVON, Chicago's historic black radio station, and he wrote the text for the book HAROLD: Photographs from the Harold Washington Years. subscribe to Salim Muwakkil's feed

Posted on: Dec 29, 2010, Source: In These Times

The depressing Jon Burge saga in Chicago reinforces the notion that racial bias is part of the institutional gene pool of the nation's police departments.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2010, Source: In These Times

The election of the nation’s first black president has done little to improve media coverage of the nation’s black community.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2009, Source: In These Times

Barack Obama navigates a world where color still matters.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2007, Source: In These Times

In the U.S., scholars who contest the conventional wisdom about Israel all too often lose their reputations -- and their jobs.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2007, Source: In These Times

Political masterminds have transformed the candidate from a political visionary into an electoral product like every other presidential aspirant.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2006, Source: In These Times

A month after Tookie Williams death, it's more obvious than ever why we needed him alive.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2005, Source: In These Times

Hurricane Katrina has blown away the idea that race has ceased to matter in the United States.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2005, Source: In These Times

It's downright depressing how, besieged by poverty, disease, violence and mass incarceration, African-American men are conspicuously missing from families and communities.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2005, Source: In These Times

Race has faded into the background as an issue for most Americans, including progressives.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2004, Source: In These Times

Cornell West could be the very definition of public intellectual.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2004, Source: AlterNet

From manslaughter convictions to boxing promotions, spiky-haired Don King has always been a hustler. His latest hustle: Republican pitchman.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2004, Source: In These Times

Many experts are warning that black men are in the midst of a social crisis that Americans seem eager to ignore.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2004, Source: In These Times

Law enforcement conflates rap stars with gang members merely because most of them are young black men.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2004, Source: In These Times

The fight against Native American mascots and logos is a serious struggle to overturn the stereotypes that were forged in our racist past but still help determine the trajectories of our lives today.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2003, Source: In These Times

Media activists' preoccupation with corporate ownership does not address the racism that permeates the news.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2003, Source: In These Times

The latest White House affront to Muslims is the recess appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2003, Source: In These Times

Civil rights groups are still searching for a common thread to unite progressives in a struggle for racial justice.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2003, Source: In These Times

Few Americans know the legacy that racial slavery and Jim Crow apartheid has bequeathed to African-Americans.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2003, Source: In These Times

Once-mighty notions of racial taxonomy fall hard in the three-part PBS series, "Race: The Power of an Illusion."

Posted on: Jun 5, 2003, Source: In These Times

From 1981 to 1993 the South African National Defense force developed bioweapons for the purpose of 'suppressing population growth among blacks.'

Posted on: Jan 6, 2003, Source: In These Times

Beset by a growing chorus of critics who charge that its glorification of the "Thug Life" promotes misogyny, violence and crime, hip hop's advocates are on the defensive.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

In the face of growing public opposition and apparent Democratic appeasement, a Congressional anti-war faction has finally taken shape.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A recent study authored by the Justice Policy Institute reveals how misguided drug policies cause havoc in black communities

Posted on: Aug 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Phil Donahue is not losing out to his rivals because of his politics. It's the inane theatrics of talk show television that is hurting this progressive

Posted on: Aug 27, 2002, Source: In These Times

President Bush downplays the religious aspects of the Sept. 11 attacks, but Christian fundamentalists and neoconservatives have seized upon 9/11 to fire a fusillade of invective at the religion of Islam.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2002, Source: AlterNet

With Fox News entrenched firmly to the right and CNN scrambling to scoop up more right-wing commentators, the best strategy for MSNBC is...to move to the left, of course.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2000, Source: In These Times

Despite the fact that racial minorities are disproportionately victimized by pollution, few traditionally have been involved in the organized struggle against environmental degradation. Black activists explain that they have ignored the ecology movement for so long because it excluded them. Recently, however, the interests of environmentalists and civil rights advocates have converged in struggles that fall under the rubric "environmental justice."

Posted on: Jul 4, 2000, Source: In These Times

Milk is becoming the major bone of contention in a rancorous debate about racism in U.S. dietary guidelines. Federal guidelines recommend that all Americans over the age of two have two to three servings of dairy products each day, despite the fact that most non-white Americans are lactose intolerant.

Posted on: May 29, 2000, Source: In These Times

Where is the color in the new activism? Why haven't the connections between issues -- globalization, sweatshops and the environment on one hand, racial profiling, police brutality and prisons on the other -- been made?

Posted on: May 8, 2000, Source: In These Times

A slew of activists and researchers are bringing the debate over slavery reparations into the mainstream.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: In These Times

The Rev. Jesse L Jackson has been considered the steward of Martin Luther King Jr.'s progressive legacy. But even those who consider him an ally are suspicious of his enthusiasm for capitalist solutions and corporate connections. Is Jackson's embrace of corporate capitalism a betrayal of the progressive ideas held by his mentor?