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The Media’s Painted Picture: Black Representation In A Time Of Unrest

By On April 29, 2015

Streets blaze in the intense oranges and yellows of fires. Glass from car windows sprinkles the tarred ground like glorified glitter. And the ultimate standoff is in motion, that which exists between… Read More

USA

The Native Americans Got Screwed By the US

By On April 20, 2015

It is no secret that the Native Americans were here well before Christopher Columbus ever discovered the Americas. While this may be the case, however, it did not stop them from being,… Read More

USA

How The UNCGOP Created Campus Uproar In 2 Days

By On April 17, 2015

In February, three Muslim students–Deah, Yusor and Razan–were shot and killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by a man whose Facebook posts revealed his anti-religious beliefs. The University of North Carolina, the… Read More

Middle East

When A Faulty System Lends A Hand

By On April 15, 2015

“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.” –President Jimmy Carter Without a clinical, dictionary definition, human rights are a set of moral principles intended… Read More

USA

The Madison Shooting and Protest: Recap

By On March 8, 2015

(AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)   Though President Obama’s trip to Selma and speech to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic marches caught national headlines, Madison, WI, thrust itself into… Read More

International

When War Abroad Becomes War at Home

By On February 11, 2015

No country has ever detached its collective consciousness from the violence it purports abroad. Those communities that are sought after by American arms or American boots on foreign soil will surely become… Read More

International

Free Speech and the Marginalized

By On February 5, 2015

In the first two days after the heinous shooting of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris and the additional chain of terrorist attacks that followed, 15 places of Muslim worship were firebombed,… Read More

Art

Contra speaks with T-Dubbo

By On January 13, 2015

“If the government isn’t letting us exercise our First Amendment right; if the cops are tear gassing our peaceful protests; what makes you think your neighborhood is safe?” ~T-Dubb-O T-Dubb-O, a rapper… Read More

USA

The Racist Elite and the Liability of the Mind

By On November 24, 2014

It started with a Halloween costume. As it inevitably happens every year, a group of students at an extraordinarily smart university made the extraordinarily dumb decision to perpetuate racist stereotypes and go… Read More

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USA

This does not end with Darren Wilson

By On November 17, 2014

This is the sixth article in a series by Bassem Masri, St. Louis local and Ferguson live streamer/ activist. ReadCONTRA.com first met Bassem Masri on our first trip to Ferguson in August 2014. We… Read More

USA

Ferguson 2 Palestine

By On November 10, 2014

This is the fifth article in a series by Bassem Masri, St. Louis local and Ferguson live streamer/ activist. ReadCONTRA.com first met Bassem Masri on our first trip to Ferguson in August 2014. We… Read More

Art

Rap as a Community Tool: Marco Pavé speaks

By On November 7, 2014

 This is the first piece in a series of discussions with artists about role of hip hop in social movements and communities.  Coming from the city known for Elvis, Stax, and BB… Read More

USA

How Private Space is Still Reeling

By On November 7, 2014

Last week was hard for the private space industry. On October 28, an Antares rocket operated by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded upon launch over Virginia. On the following Friday, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo… Read More

USA

Freedom of Speech

By On November 6, 2014

This is the fourth article in a series by Bassem Masri, St. Louis local and Ferguson live streamer/ activist. ReadCONTRA.com first met Bassem Masri on our first trip to Ferguson in August 2014. We… Read More

USA

FTP

By On November 4, 2014

This is the third article in a series by Bassem Masri, St. Louis local and Ferguson live streamer/ activist. ReadCONTRA.com first met Bassem Masri on our first trip to Ferguson in August 2014. We… Read More

Art

Hip-Hop: A Call for Justice

By On November 4, 2014

“A lot of people within government and big business are nervous of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists, because they speak their minds. They talk about what they see and what they… Read More

USA

I got me a gas mask.

By On November 3, 2014

This is the second article in a series by Bassem Masri, St. Louis local and Ferguson live streamer/ activist. ReadCONTRA.com first met Bassem Masri on our first trip to Ferguson in August 2014. We… Read More

USA

Who is Bassem Masri?

By On November 3, 2014

This is the first article in a series by Bassem Masri, St. Louis local and Ferguson live streamer/ activist. ReadCONTRA.com first met Bassem Masri on our first trip to Ferguson in August 2014.… Read More

USA

The Fraud of Voter Fraud

By On November 3, 2014

With midterm elections just around the corner, voter identification laws such as those in Wisconsin have never been under more scrutiny. The legal status of the law has been flip-flopping since its… Read More

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#PumpkinFest vs. #Ferguson

By On October 20, 2014

Thursday, large groups of visitors and college students in Keene, New Hampshire, at a gathering known as “PumpkinFest” drunkenly gathered together and began rioting for no apparent reason. Cars were overturned, bottles… Read More