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Rundle: in Ferguson, no justice, no peace

The protests over the grand jury decision over teenager Michael Brown’s death are unprecedented in modern America, but not unexpected.

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Guess who’s back? Top 10 moments of Pauline Hanson

Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov compiles Hanson’s 10 most outrageous moments.

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Rundle: WA’s Aboriginal plan straight-up racism

Half of white rural Australia is a drain, but we overwhelmingly agree that we want it to persevere, because people live there, have made lives rich in tradition and memory there. The attack on Aboriginal Australia is about skin colour, plain and simple.

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Rundle: the storm rages on in Ferguson, with clear skies a long way off

The protests in Ferguson rage on, but some involved are beginning to question the effectiveness of action without a clear goal or strategy.

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Tim Blair journeys to western Sydney, finds Muslims, freaks out

Remember “fair go for the west”? It’s all very well and good in theory, but when Tele columnist Tim Blair makes a sojourn (to his own city) he brings his Islamophobia with him, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow

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Why 18C was the policy retreat the Coalition had to have

The Coalition’s constituency is becoming more ethnically diverse, and it turns out many of its constituents don’t want the right to be bigots.

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The dangerous essentialism of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic cartoons

In Australia, there should be no place for reactionary essentialism while we debate politics and ideas, says Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.

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How racist is Australia? Pretty damn racist

Fairfax writer Mark Sawyer says Australians are not particularly racist. But stand-up comic and writer Aamer Rahman begs to differ …

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Rundle: politics keeps it simple, stupid in global shift to outrage

Outrage is sweeping the world. But it’s more complicated than a rightward push. Crikey’s writer-at-large examines Turkey, the UK Independence Party and nationalism abroad.

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Media briefs: no more Good Food … fight pics … Block trading …

Fairfax axes specialised Good Food Guides … The right to use Packer/Gyngell fight pics … Insider trading hits The Block … Is the media making indigenous Australia sick? …

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Racism, homophobia, drink-driving: end of the road for Jeremy Clarkson?

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson is in hot water again, this time for reportedly using racist language. Crikey intern Clovelle Car takes a look back at Clarkson’s past controversies

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Wingnuttery and racists the last gasp of a dying Right

Isn’t just a pain when your local, beloved “folk hero” turns out to be a vile, hate-spewing racist?

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Freedom of speech and dangerous ideas

Crikey readers talk racist cartoons (or are they?) and whether Bernard Keane has fully researched the issue of vaccination for children.

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Fairfax sorry for the ‘throw away’ racist cartoon that made it to print

A Fairfax newspaper has run a cartoon poking fun at African people for having fat lips, rejected elsewhere for being “too offensive”. The Bendigo Advertiser has offered a full apology.

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Essential: unions undented by revelations; Cosgrove a popular pick

Tony Abbott’s selection of Peter Cosgrove as the next governor-general has been well-received by voters, today’s Essential Report finds.

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Razer’s class warfare: homosexuality a dangerous Western invention

Sexuality doesn’t exist; it’s a Western construct. The human rights framework that we should all love who we love is a solution to a Western problem — and not a very good one.

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Razer’s class warfare: Aboriginal Australia needs capital, not bullshit feelings

The claim that Aboriginal Australians have a “special relationship with the land” is, quite frankly, racist and extremely unhelpful. Let’s make some real reparations — cold, hard cash.

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White Christmas: the US racial politics of Santa Claus

Some in America dream of a black Christmas, but the notion Santa is anything other than Anglo-Saxon offends the humourless at Fox News. Journalist Hari Raj reports from the US on the latest race controversy.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The police and the mainstream media are dealing softly, softly with Friday’s assault on members of Sydney’s Jewish community as they walked at Bondi after a Jewish Sabbath dinner.

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PNG as deterrent will stop the boats

Crikey readers talk racism in Greece, Abbott’s asylum seeker plan and authorisation for sex and smut.

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The fall of an empire

Crikey readers talk the fringe benefit tax, the George Zimmerman trial and giving away Christmas Island.

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In era of crap, Zimmerman case lurks in swamp of racism

A white neighbourhood protector shoots an unarmed black man through nothing but institutional fear. The fight against racism is so far from done as to be dispiriting to those fighting.

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‘I’m sorry for my neighbour’: the man behind those bizarre ads

It was the ad that bewildered readers across Australia — who is Kevin De Arbrew? What were these racist comments? Crikey intern Bension Siebert found out the story behind the ad.

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Essential: the ‘Labor grimly clings on’ edition

Today’s Essential Report suggests little has changed in voting sentiment in recent weeks, but Labor has edged up just a little.

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I am a racist and so are you

The Eddie McGuire-Adam Goodes fraccas is UFC for people who enjoy artisanal cheese. Everyone’s a little bit racist, and if we all could just admit …

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