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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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?