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Vincent Intondi
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Vincent Intondi is an Associate Professor of History at Montgomery College and Director of Research for American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute. His forthcoming book on Stanford University Press, African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement, examines the role of black antinuclear activists.

Entries by Vincent Intondi

Florida, Ferguson, and a New Civil Rights Movement

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:23 PM

On January 20, 2009 I stood in the middle of the National Mall as the first African American president took the oath of office. I looked around at the millions of people of varying ethnicities and thought perhaps things had changed in America. Clearly I was in the moment and...

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Syracuse and the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Recently Syracuse, New York, the city in which I was born and raised has become national news in regards to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. As the Washington Post reported, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner made clear in a letter to President Obama her desire to temporarily...

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Dr. King's 'Triple Evils' and the Emergence of Freedom Side

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:05 PM

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. King argued that the "spiritual and moral lag" in modern man was due to what he later referred to as the "triple evils" of society: capitalism, militarism and racism. For King, the genocide that...

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Reparations and Nuclear Disarmament: Righting One Evil While Eliminating Another

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Every year students in my African American history courses analyze the issue of reparations. While there has never been a consensus in any class, students always ask the same question at the end of every semester: "Why do we only hear about this in your class?" Indeed, while my students...

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The U.S. Is Really Good at Celebrating War, Peace Not So Much

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 5:22 PM

In honor of Harry Truman's 130th birthday, Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R) introduced a measure that would rename Washington's Union Station after the former president. As the Washington Post explains, for McCaskill, this was a way to honor her hero. The Senator has a...

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Education, Institutional Racism, and the Conservative Response to "My Brother's Keeper"

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:20 PM

On Sunday, George Stephanopoulos, hosting ABC's "This Week," asked the panel for reactions to President Obama's program for young minority men, "My Brother's Keeper." Heather Mac Donald, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, summed up perfectly the collective conservative response, arguing the theme of the event should...

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Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, and Humanizing Our Black Youth

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM

"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook... I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids -- and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

Sixty-two years ago,...

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An Open Letter to President Obama

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Dear Mr. President,

In April, you will be embarking on a trip to Asia. Clearly one of the most important decisions you face is whether or not to visit Japan. One could conclude that if you do choose to visit Japan, it will be a sign of support for the...

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Justice for the Atomic Veterans

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 6:16 PM

In 1955 the U.S. detonated a nuclear weapon. Men nearby huddled in fear, praying for their lives. Some died instantly. Others lost their sight or had the skin ripped off their bodies. However, these were not enemies of the U.S. They were Americans. From 1945 to 1963, the United States...

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Nelson Mandela and the Bomb

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 8:30 AM

With the passing of Nelson Mandela, public figures have been tripping over themselves to make clear that the United States unequivocally supported Nelson Mandela's fight for freedom. However, as has been documented, many in the U.S. government, including Ronald Reagan and various U.S. senators, backed the South African apartheid government....

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From Oscar Romero to Pope Francis: Will Catholics in Congress Heed the Call?

(8) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Pope Francis recently made headlines again for his critique of capitalism and the predatory greed of the world's most wealthy. Issuing an 84-page document outlining his views on the papacy, Francis decried trickle-down economics, referring to unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny," and arguing that Catholics' primary concern...

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White America and the Burden of Slavery

(150) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 5:01 PM

For as long as I can remember, whenever the issue of race arises, many whites respond with the same phrase: "We need to have a conversation." With the success of 12 Years a Slave, activism against "stop-and-frisk" and "stand your ground," and the revelation that some black members of the...

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On the 20th Anniversary of NAFTA

(11) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Within months of George W. Bush's first term, many citizens expressed nostalgia for the Clinton years. These feelings only increased as Bush went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economy continued its downward spiral into the "Great Recession." A vast majority of the poor and middle class yearned...

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Jay Z and Barneys: The Role of African American Entertainers in the Black Freedom Struggle

(46) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 12:22 PM

"No Vietcong ever called me n*gger." When Muhammad Ali spoke those words in 1966, he was at the height of his boxing career. Ali's refusal to fight in Vietnam cost him the heavyweight championship and could have sent him to prison. However, Ali could not remain silent as young black...

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The Civil Rights Movement and Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:38 PM

In April 2009, President Obama spoke in Prague about his vision for a world free of nuclear weapons. He declared, "As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can...

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The Dream Defenders: Learning From History

(9) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 2:46 PM

In February 2012, I was teaching African American history at the same college George Zimmerman attended in Sanford, Fla. The day I was introducing my students to Emmett Till, the 911 tapes of Trayvon Martin were released. My students, most of whom were African American, began to cry. They said,...

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Two Weeks Later

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 12:00 AM

When Dr. King finished his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, Malcolm X ran into march organizer Bayard Rustin at the National Mall. Discussing King's remarks, Malcolm said to Rustin, "You know this dream of King's is going to be a nightmare before it's over." Just two weeks...

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