• Henry A. Giroux on "The Violence of Organized Forgetting"

    By Victoria Harper, Truthout | Interview

    2014 819 gir st(Photo: Susan Searls Giroux)Discussing his new book, Henry A. Giroux argues that what unites racist killings, loss of privacy, the surveillance state's rise, the increasing corporatization of US institutions and growing poverty and inequality "is a growing threat of authoritarianism - or what might be otherwise called totalitarianism with elections."

    Victoria Harper: Your new book has a very provocative and suggestive title: The Violence of Organized Forgetting. How does the title work as an organizing idea for the book?

    Henry A. Giroux: We live in a historical moment when memory, if not critical thought itself, is either under attack or is being devalued and undermined by a number of forces in American society. Historical memory has become dangerous today because it offers the promise of lost legacies of resistance, moments in history when the social contract was taken seriously (however impaired), and when a variety of social movements emerged that called for a rethinking of what democracy meant and how it might be defined in the interest of economic and social justice.

  • "Unraveling": Anti-Trafficking NGOs and the Garment Industry

    "Unraveling": Anti-Trafficking NGOs and the Garment Industry

    By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism

    "Our Fashion Year" - the year-long comics journalism investigation into connections between the garment trade and the sex trade - finally comes back home in this strip. Looking more closely at recent events, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes find similarities in language used by US-funded international anti-trafficking NGOs and shut-downs that endanger domestic sex workers.  In "Unraveling," the threads that tie anti-human trafficking organizations to the international garment trade finally give way.

  • Activist Mab Segrest Discusses Civil Rights, History of Structural Racism in the US

    Activist Mab Segrest Discusses Civil Rights, History of Structural Racism in the US

    By Laura Flanders, GRITtv | Interview

    Mab Segrest, a writer, activist and professor, grew up in Alabama in the 1960s. Structural racism is not just a problem for Missouri (as many have pointed out, it was the last of the slave states). From police killings, to Stand Your Ground laws, to Medicaid refusal in majority-minority states, 50 years after Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act, says Segrest, we "haven't broken the paradigm" of white supremacy in America. Far from it. "The ideology is very recognizable," she says.