People have asked me where to find quality news sources since our mainstream news in America is just as corrupt as our political process.
One really good muckraking group of investigative journalists is the The Intercept. They are not corporate pundits, or political operatives posing as neutral analysts. They actually do real news. Journalists like Glen Greenwald to Lee Fang. Another good one is Bill Moyers & company.
I’d also recommend finding sources on Twitter and following them to their websites. I did this with Fusion and they have good content on Justice, Politics, Life. Another great voice that connects sports and politics is my friend Dave Zirin who writes for The Nation and does the Edge of Sports Podcast). As for voices that carry a lot of weight when it comes to ‘Race in America’ and the importance of ending the War on Drugs, look no further than the incomparable Michelle Alexander.
Between adding up the gems offered by these types of sources and reading in between the lines of the bullshit that the corporate media spews at us everyday (#allday), we can begin to discern what the F*ck is really goin’ on.
Beyond that, we can continue to look to other sources such as comedy, music, and art. Whether it’s comedian newsmen like John Oliver or skits from Dave Chappelle; rappers like Brother Ali, Kendrick Lamar, Oakland’s Boots Riley of The Coup, or Ferguson’s Tef Poe; Artists like Hank Willis Thomas or Eddie Colla.
The truth is out there but you have to look for it.
P.s. – if you don’t remember much from your US History class in high school. Do yourself a huge favor and pick up a copy of “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn (amazon or local book store!). Listening to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! ain’t a bad idea either.