Cultural Politics

March 4, 2014

“While We Were Watching Ukraine, North Korea Fired Two Ballistic Missiles” (PolicyMic)

“While the world was watching Ukraine, Venezuela or engaging in pre-Oscars gossip, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles, the latest in a series of six missiles fired.

According to South Korea’s semi-official news agency, Yonhap News, the missiles landed in the sea, about 300 miles away from South Korea. The missiles were shot from North Korea’s eastern coast.

Kim Jong-un is once again flexing North Korea’s military strength, and is making sure South Korea and the U.S. hear his message loud and clear: ‘Watch out.'”

Read more of this story by Marguerite Ward at PolicyMic here.

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March 4, 2014

“8 Stunning Reasons to Love Androgynous Model Erika Linder’s New Gender-Fluid Campaign” (PolicyMic)

“The model’s latest spread was commissioned by Swedish label Crocker by JC Jeans Company. In a series of black and white photos, Linder wears the label’s traditionally male and female clothing, at one point modeling opposite herself in the same frame.

‘By starring Erika as the model for both male and female styles, we want this collection to inspire creativity and confidence as we set out to break new boundaries within the fashion industry,’ the company states on its website.”

Read more of this story by Meredith Bennett-Smith at PolicyMic here.

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March 4, 2014

“The Myth Behind Public School Failure” (AlterNet)

“What led to such an ignoble fall for teachers and schools? Did public education really become so irreversibly terrible in three decades? Is there so little that’s redeemable in today’s schoolhouses?”

Read more of this article by Dean Paton at AlterNet here.

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March 3, 2014

“Dangerous Black Kids at Georgetown University” (tumblr)

“This movement is an extension of the trending #dangerousblackkids link on twitter. This idea was brought to Georgetown and adapted to our setting, while still satirically fighting social injustice.”

“As one may notice many students are either dressed up, in casual clothes, or both. Alongside every student is a list of accolades and accomplishments and lastly the two hashtags #dangerousblackkids #DBKGU are added. This was done purposely. Jordan Davis was brutally shot 10 times and many others murdered because they were “perceived” as dangerous although unarmed. The message we are trying to send is whether we are in casual clothes or dressed well and regardless of all we have achieved, it is our skin, our blackness, that causes society to perceive us as dangerous, but there is always more than what meets the eye. Black does not equal violent, it does not equal dangerous.”

See the photos by Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson on tumblr and Facebook here and here.

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March 3, 2014

“63 Harvard Students Of Color Share Their Experiences In a Powerful Photo Project” (Buzzfeed)

“A group of students at Harvard are fed up with the institutional racism they say they have experienced, and are speaking out against it through a commanding photography project on Tumblr.

“Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned,” the website describes. ‘This project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here.'”

See the photos in a list at Buzzfeed by Alison Vingiano here.

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March 2, 2014

“Bill O’Reilly: White House Needs To Get ‘Gangsta Rappers’ To ‘Knock It Off'” (HuffPost)

“Well, we know one person who isn’t listening to Kanye West’s latest album: Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly told Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett on Thursday night that if the White House is serious about implementing their new program to help strengthen minority communities, they need to ‘attack’ the source of the problem. Which, he said, is obviously Jay-Z and Kanye West, right?

‘You have to attack the fundamental disease if you want to cure it,’ the Fox News host said. ‘You’re gonna have to get people like Jay-Z, Kanye West, all these gangsta rappers to knock it off.'”

Read more of this article by Catherine Taibi here.

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March 1, 2014

“Why an African-American Director Wouldn’t Have Cast Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave” (The Root)

“Would an American director have felt comfortable casting a woman of Nyong’o’s hue as the leading lady of a major Hollywood film? A quick look back at film history and a discussion with an expert on skin color in American culture indicates that this is unlikely.”

“For starters, there has never been a black actress of Nyong’o’s ebony skin tone to ascend to Hollywood A-list status. And among those black actresses who have succeeded in Hollywood with deeper skin tones, like Grace Jones, they have not been positioned as leading ladies or, more specifically, objects of affection.”

Read more of this article by Keli Goff here.

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February 28, 2014

“Rape, Lies and the Internet: The Story of Conor Oberst and His Accuser” (Jezebel)

“Last week, Bright Eyes musician Conor Oberst filed a lawsuit for libel against a reported “anonymous commenter” who posted on various websites that he raped her. But Joanie Faircloth was not anonymous—she left the original comments under her name, and her commenter account was linked to her Facebook. Her broad social-media presence left quite a record, too, and now it will be used to discredit her. It turns out the Internet is not a vacuum, and what we say can have very real consequences.”

Read more of this story by Tracie Egan Morrissey at Jezebel here.

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February 28, 2014

“The Oscar Statue is Modeled After an Undocumented Mexican Immigrant” (COLORLINES)

“Fernández went on to become one of the most celebrated directors of Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema. He died in Mexico City in 1986 at the age of 82. As Jorge Rivas pointed out back in 2012, the irony in all of this is that only 11 out of 2,809 Oscar trophies have been awarded to Mexicans— and they’re mostly behind the scene awards. Only 2 percent of the academy’s voters are Latino.”

Read more of this story by Jamilah King for COLORLINES here.

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February 28, 2014

“Stephen Colbert Celebrates Stereotypes for the End of Black History Month” (AlterNet)

“He also challenged the idea that an individual can do much to buck up against the racial stereotypes that have been hoisted onto them by others: ‘The quickest way to achieve racial equality is to send everyone to prison. Then we would all be black.'”

Read more of this article by Aaron Cantú here.

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February 28, 2014

“Republican misogyny bad for the country, really good for Democratic fundraising” (Salon.com)

“’Instead of fearing sexist attacks, we wait gleefully for the next one,’ Jen Bluestein, a political strategist and Emily’s List alum, told the Times.

The fundraising strategy has proved effective; Emily’s List has raised a record $25 million this election cycle alone and grown its membership by 1.5 million over the last two years.”

Read more of this piece by Katie McDonough at Salon.com here.

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February 28, 2014

“Bill O’Reilly to Blacks: Stop Listening to ‘Gangsta’ Music!” (The Daily Beast)

“To Bill O’Reilly, however, they’re just ‘gangster rappers’ who need to be put in their place. Or at least, that’s what he said on Thursday, when he spoke to Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett about the president’s new program to help young minority men. The Fox News host—who once wondered in amazement at the manners of black diners in Harlem—isn’t convinced the administration sees the urgency of the situation in the urban centers of America.”

Read more of this story by Jamelle Bouie at The Daily Beast here.

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February 28, 2014

“Beauty Companies Love to ‘Empower’ Women, Over and Over and Over Again” (Jezebel)

“CoverGirl is hardly the first American company to publicize their philanthropy work as strategy to boost revenue and strengthen their brand. Within the beauty sector, however, these attempts become particularly pointed. Though Gillette has donated to prostate cancer research, Axe isn’t trying to teach boys how to be better versions of themselves. (Though Axe has recently been trying to raise money to promote the spread of peace on earth…or something.) Men don’t need as much of these sorts of things (or their products don’t need as much help not appearing so evil). Since the 1990s – a decade which brought an increased focus on the power of advertising for good and bad – women’s beauty brands have made sure that they’re known for attempting to ’empower’ women and girls. This empowerment comes in a few different forms: supporting women with cancer or women in business or women who have this elusive ‘low self-esteem’ we’re always hearing about. Here are some of their efforts.”

Read more of this story by Kate Dries at Jezebel here.

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February 28, 2014

“Does the Declaration of Independence Still Mean Something in 2014?” (Pacific Standard)

“Although it marked the beginning of the formal struggle for independence, the Declaration had a limited positive effect on daily life and left its promises vague. Far from embodying the democratic principles it proclaimed, the document was drafted by one author, Thomas Jefferson, then edited and passed in a closed-door session, never voted on by the public. It was only afterward that Congress sent the Declaration to newspapers and printer John Dunlap for distribution as a single-sheet broadside throughout the colonies. The Declaration’s “We” is not “We the people” but a self-selected subset of white, wealthy, educated colonists who considered but never got around to repudiating the practice of slavery in the colonies.”

Read more of this article by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza at Pacific Standard here.

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February 28, 2014

“Hollywood’s Huge Gender Gap in One Disturbing Statistic” (PolicyMic)

“All of the Oscar-nominated leading actors average 85 minutes on screen, while the lead actresses average only 57 minutes. That means that these actors got about 150% more screen time than their female counterparts.”

Read more of this story by Tom Barnes at PolicyMic here.

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February 28, 2014

“I Lost My Dad to Fox News” (AlterNet)

“My father sincerely believes that science is a political plot, Christians are America’s most persecuted minority and Barack Obama is a full-blown communist. He supports the use of force without question, as long as it’s aimed at foreigners. He thinks liberals are all stupid, ignorant fucks who hate America.”

Read more of this piece by Edwin Lyngar for AlterNet here.

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February 28, 2014

“Did Russia Invade Ukraine? Here’s What Happened While You Were Sleeping” (PolicyMic)

“Unrest in the Crimea grew on Thursday night as 50 gunmen took over the local airport, after occupying government buildings in the capital, Simferopol. The pro-Russian forces, who displayed a sign that read, “Crimea is Russia,” have been protesting against the new government in Kiev. The conflict has reached such a boiling point that secession has become a real possibility overnight.

Read more of this article by Eileen Shim at PolicyMic here.

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February 28, 2014

“There’s One Bizarre Thing Americans and Middle Easterners Have in Common” (PolicyMic)

“While this is surely the case for some Middle East viewers, it’s also likely the case for any other viewer who watches, even Americans. Regardless of what people are trying to glean from the show, it’s negative portrayal of reptilian congressmen locked in a self-serving power struggle while leaving the average taxpayer in the dust isn’t doing real life Congress any favors. With an already low congressional approval rating of around 13%, House of Cards is helping to reinforce the negative stereotypes we all take as fact. When asked about the performance of U.S. leadership in the world, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen averaged out to only 26% approval in a 2012 poll.”

Read more of this article by Joseph Sarkisian for PolicyMic here.

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February 28, 2014

“Lupita Nyong’o Celebrates ‘Dark Beauty’ & Admits She Once Prayed to be Light” (Clutch Magazine)

“Nyong’o said that she held onto her ‘self hate’ and did not entertain the idea that she was beautiful until she saw Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek gracing catwalks, magazines, and even winning Oprah’s praise.”

Read more of this article by Britni Danielle at Clutch Magazine here.

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February 28, 2014

“Pres. Obama Keeps it Real, Says He Got High, Was Angry Over Absent Dad” (Clutch Magazine)

“During the moving address, the President recalled his visit to the Chicago-based program ‘Becoming a Man,’ and spoke candidly about the challenges he faced growing up without his father.”

Read more of this article by Britni Danielle and view President Obama’s address at Clutch Magazine here.

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February 28, 2014

“What Do Expats Think of America?” (Pacific Standard)

“When you stay wherever you wind up for long enough—longer than the tourist visa allows—this comparison-making doesn’t stop. If anything, it gets deeper, more intimate. I’ve been in Germany nearly two years now, and in many ways I feel like my American-ness is still running on 2012 software, while the rest has been updated with some kind of alternative code. The way I’ve come to perceive my own country has shifted in ways I never expected.”

Read more of this piece by Brian Blickenstaff at Pacific Standard here.

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February 27, 2014

“Here’s How Much Less Women Make Than Men By State, In One Map” (PolicyMic)

“If you’re a woman living in Vermont, Washington, D.C., Maryland or Nevada, you’re making at least 84 cents for every dollar that a man makes. On average, female workers today make 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. This is a 23% difference and the gap exists in almost every occupation listed.

To get a better idea of how states compare, we turned to financial literacy site NerdWallet to sort data from the 2012 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census. Intuit then created a map for visual comparison.”

Read more of this article by Vivian Giang and view demographics here.

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February 27, 2014

“Melissa Harris-Perry and Michaela Angela Davis Discuss Images of Black Women in Pop Culture” (Shine)

“While many dismiss the concerns of women who lament poor representations of Black women in media, these images have real consequences. Professor Melissa Harris-Perry sits down with image activist Michaela Angela Davis to unpack the deleterious effects of misrepresentation.”

Read the article by Kimberly Foster and watch the video here.

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February 27, 2014

“Spike Lee & Anderson Cooper Talk Gentrification” (Clutch Magazine)

“Lee told Cooper  that he’s not against new people moving into areas that were once predominantly poor and predominantly African-American.”

Read more of the article by Yesha Callahan and see video of this talk here.

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February 27, 2014

“America is the prime target of international cyberattacks” (Quartz)

“The US topped the list of countries targeted by advanced persistent threat (APT) activity, which FireEye defines as online attacks that were ‘likely directly or indirectly supported by a nation state.’

American institutions were also targeted by many more APT malware families (collections of malware that share significant amounts of code with each other) than anywhere else. This is significant because a higher number of APT malware families present ‘likely means a higher number and variety of adversaries—and a bigger challenge in defending any given organization or nation,’ the report says.”

Read more about this research in an article by John McDuling for Quartz here.

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February 27, 2014

“We Live In A Male-Dominated Culture Because Women Attack Women” (Thought Catalog)

“…But we’re doing a huge disservice to ourselves. Women are so much more than thighs and breasts. We’re not just body parts that could come in a KFC bucket. We can change opinions with our minds. We can be genuine in our love of ourselves and others.”

Read more of this piece by Justina Tran for Thought Catalog here.

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February 27, 2014

“Hillary Clinton defends Obamacare, says it may need fixes” (Salon.com)

“’I think we are on the right track in many respects but I would be the first to say if things aren’t working then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes,’ Clinton said before claiming that ‘[p]art of the challenge is to clear away all the smoke and try to figure out what is working and what isn’t.'”

Read more of this article by Elias Isquith for Salon.com here.

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February 27, 2014

“EPA Pays Tribute to Rep. John Lewis and Environmental Justice” (COLORLINES)

“In his keynote before the audience, Lewis recalled growing up in Jim Crow Alabama and asking his family why there was racial discrimination. ‘They said, ‘That’s just the way it is. Don’t get in the way. Don’t get in trouble,’ said Lewis, before turning to the many activists and government officials in the room to say, ‘Thank you for getting in the way. Thank you for getting in trouble — good trouble. For bringing environmental justice to all of the people in our nation. It is the right thing to do. It is the necessary thing to do.'”

Read more of this article by Brentin Mock for COLORLINES here.

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February 27, 2014

“With ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ President Obama looks beyond the White House” (theGrio)

“On Thursday, the president will formally announce the initiative, which has two parts. The first is Obama ordering all federal agencies to look at what ways they can help support men of color. Administration officials said they are looking for policies similar to the recent advisory guidelines the Department of Education wrote and sent to states on reducing school suspensions. Black students in particular are disproportionately expelled from school, and the Obama administration believes that providing school districts and states some of the best practices to avoid suspensions will keep black boys and men in school and therefore improve their learning.”

Read more of this piece by Perry Bacon Jr. at theGrio here.

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February 27, 2014

“How Egypt’s Turmoil Is Killing Off Its Study Abroad Programs” (PolicyMic)

“Jamal Abed-Rabbo, a 25-year-old Ph.D. candidate, was using a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant to study Arabic in Cairo. With the Department of State’s new warning came a message to Abed-Rabbo from the University of Chicago, his academic base. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was mandating that all FLAS recipients in Egypt leave the country. ‘Failure to comply with this order means that you forfeit the FLAS Fellowship and must repay funds,’ the email read.”

Read more of this article by Christopher Reeve for PolicyMic here.

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February 27, 2014

“Spain to Ban Abortion” (Jezebel)

“Spain legalized abortion in 1985, but late last year the country passed anti-abortion legislation to ban the procedure in most cases. Now the bill is awaiting a final passage through Spanish parliament, which is largely controlled by the conservative Populist Party. The impending ban on abortion, which makes allowances only for a mother’s health and rape, is almost inevitable.”

 Read more of this article by Hillary Crosley for Jezebel here.

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February 27, 2014

“WHAT CAUSES INEQUALITY? SYSTEMIC AND INDIVIDUAL FRAMES FOR RACISM IN MEDIA” (The Society Pages)

“Now, teachers and school staff might be classist and racist, and that will make matters worse.  But even in the absence of such individuals, the laws that govern k-12 funding will ensure that rich and white children will be given a disproportionate amount of the resources we put towards educating the next generation.  That’s f’d up, by the way, in a society that tells itself it’s a meritocracy.”

Read more of this piece by Dr. Lisa Wade at The Society Pages here.

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February 27, 2014

“Shocking Statistics of Sexual Assault on College Campuses and Around the World” (PolicyMic)

“The rate at which young women experience rape and sexual assault across college campuses in the United States is certainly shocking, at the very least. Spending a handful of years of one’s life at a university should be anticipated, and college campuses should be held in high esteem as environments yielding multifaceted experiences. Sexual violence, however, should not be one of them.”

Read more of this story by Angelica Allen for PolicyMic here.

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February 26,2014

“Wave Caps are Okay But Relaxers Aren’t? Are There Hair Double Standards in the Black Community?” (Black Girl With Long Hair)

“You don’t need to be a Woman Studies major to know that across racial and ethnic lines women are subject to greater scrutiny and criticism about their physical appearance than their male counterparts. For black women, however, this scrutiny takes on particularly insidious forms that are rooted in deeply embedded historical and sociological issues. The unbalanced criticism is unfair to all women; but as black women who sometimes engage in beautification practices similar to brothers, it is baffling and sometimes hurtful that we are highlighted as if our choices are unique or anomalous. I’ve heard brothers criticize a woman for wearing a weave who would never mention anything critical to his male friend who uses chemicals to maintain his ‘waves.'”

Read more of this article by Geniece at Black Girl With Long Hair here.

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February 26, 2014

“Prince: black people don’t get second chances” (theguardian)

“Prince has spoken out about racism in the entertainment industry, claiming that black people aren’t given a ‘second chance’ in film and music…’It’s like Chris Rock said: Leonardo DiCaprio can make one bad movie after another, and he just keeps going. Chris Rock makes a bad movie, and he doesn’t work again. Black people aren’t allowed to make mistakes.'”

Read more of this article at the guardian.com here.

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February 26, 2014

“Another (urgent) reason Congress needs to pass immigration reform” (Latina Lista)

“The skills and talents of this untapped reservoir of human potential will be needed by businesses in the not too distant future. The panic has already set in Europe where companies like Nestlé SA have launched recruitment campaigns to find young people to replace its retiring workforce. The United States is not far behind in having more retirees than skilled young people to take their places.”

Read more of this article by Palabra Final for Latina Lista here.

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February 26, 2014

“Is This the Beginning of the End for Solitary Confinement?” (Mother Jones Blog)

“While in isolation, inmates eat, sleep, and spend 23 hours a day in confined, windowless boxes similar to this cell in California’s Pelican Bay State Prison. Studies on involuntary confinement consistently find negative psychiatric symptoms within the first 10 days of isolation. Psychiatrist Stuart Grassian says that isolated inmates often experience confusion, hallucination, overwhelming anxiety, primitive aggressive fantasies, persecutory ideation, and sudden violent outbursts.”

Read more of this article by Katie Rose Quandt for Mother Jones blog here.

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February 26, 2014

“How to Write About Female Politicians Without Being a Sexist Shithead” (Jezebel)

“This isn’t even a foreign concept—barring sex scandals, the media does it effortlessly, pretty much 100% of the time, with male politicians. But, yes, I understand that language is complex and nuanced and there are some tricky pitfalls lurking out there—like quicksand, or Martha Washington’s vagina!*—waiting to trip young journalists up. So just to be safe, here’s a handy guide to the subtler DOs and DON’Ts of writing about our nation’s be-pantsuited lady-kings. (Rule #1: DON’T call them that.)”

Read more of this piece by Lindy West at Jezebel here.

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February 26, 2014

“Rethinking a Zero-Tolerance Approach to Female Genital Mutilation” (Pacific Standard)

“Ultimately, whatever opinion one wants to hold about the wide range of practices we typically refer to as ‘female genital mutilation,’ it is very clear that the negative opinions of most Westerners are heavily based on misinformation and have been strongly shaped by racism, ethnocentrism, and a disgust or pity for an imagined Africa. That doesn’t mean that Americans or Europeans aren’t allowed to oppose (some of) the practices (some of the time), but it does mean that we need to think carefully about how and why we do so.”

Read more of this article by Lisa Wade for Pacific Standard here.

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February 26, 2014

“The Only Non-White Juror in the George Zimmerman Trial” (The Daily Beast)

“As a thirty-six-year-old olive-skinned Puerto Rican woman, Maddy had been doubly lonely since the first week of trial. (Most juries in America have twelve members; Florida has six-person juries in all but death penalty cases, and in this case all six were female.) Judge Debra Nelson had ordered the six women sequestered, requiring them to leave their families for the duration of the trial, booking them in a local hotel under the careful watch of the sheriff’s deputies, with occasional phone calls and weekly visits with family members. But Maddy had isolated herself even further, mostly staying in her room, away from the other jurors, securing herself from their words and cruel laughter and judgments about her.”

Read more of this excerpt from Lisa Bloom’s new book Suspicious Nation at The Daily Beast here.

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February 26, 2014

“25 Things Everyone Needs to Know About the Lives of Black People in America” (AlterNet)

Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century is intended to serve as a resource for those looking to better understand contemporary issues in Black America. The texture of Black America’s lived experiences is complex, and therefore reflects a story that cannot be told by quantitative data alone. However, the numbers help us to situate our discussions. They help us ground and focus our conversations such that we can generate informed responses to the conditions of Black America.”

Read more of this excerpt from Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century

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February 26, 2014

“Girl Scouts Outlaw Cookie Sales Outside of Pot Shops” (AlterNet)

“Commentators weighed in for and against the policy, with some noting that grocery stores sell beer and cigarettes as it is in Colorado, and that girls banned from dispensaries would be missing out on valuable opportunities for revenue.”

Read more of this article by Aaron Kane for AlterNet here.

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February 26, 2014

“Jaime Camil: Whoever Hasn’t Realized Latinos’ Growing Power Is Living In A Coma”(The Huffington Post)

“In a recent interview with HuffPost Voces, Camil spoke about how much things have changed for Latinos in the 15 years since he moved to the United States and what he’d do if he was an American casting director looking to tap into the growing Latino market.”

Read more of The Huffington Post’s interview with Jaime Camil here.

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February 26, 2014

“The Surprising Way Detroit Is Being Kept Alive By Writers” (PolicyMic)

“Enter Write A House. The nonprofit, founded in 2012 by urban activists and writers, is setting out to ‘use vocational training to renovate vacant homes and give them to emerging writers.’ You read that right: They want to give houses to writers for free.

Specifically, the initiative seeks to invigorate the fallen city in three ways: home renovation, youth outreach and cultural infusion. This begins with reclaiming a few of the many vacant and dilapidated homes Detroit is plagued with. (There are so many in such disrepair that the government doesn’t foreclose on most properties — a rough reality that is actually beneficial for Write A House’s mission.)”

Read more about Write A House in an article by Chloe Stillwell for PolicyMic here.

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February 26, 2014

“Busting ‘El Chapo’ Accomplishes Zilch” (AlterNet)

“It is also a mistake to believe that the capture of Guzmán will necessarily lead to a decrease in violence. On the contrary, experience indicates that it might result in an increase in violence in the short-term, as infighting occurs within a cartel to assume the position of a fallen kingpin, or other cartels try to increase their presence in the Sinaloa cartel’s territory.”

Read more of this article by Hannah Hetzer for AlterNet here.

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February 26, 2014

“Americans know there’s no GOP ‘alternative’ to Obamacare” (The Washington Post)

“Meanwhile, note that only 12 percent support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a GOP alternative. There’s been a lot of chatter about the ever-imminent GOP alternative lately, but there are reasons this alternative hasn’t been forthcoming. Jonathan Chait explains that there is no alternative solution that would be acceptable to conservatives while also remaining politically defensible to the broader electorate. And Jonathan Cohn explains that Republicans won’t embrace any alternative solution because it would require making tradeoffs like the ones in Obamacare — which Republicans aren’t prepared to do.”

Read more this article by Greg Sargent for The Washington Post here.

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February 26, 2014

“Republican proposes shockingly non-awful tax reform, is promptly shot down” (Salon.com)

“’Comprehensive tax reform’ is one of those political buzz phrases that has an actual meaning, but that is generally used by pundits to symbolize ‘a good thing we can’t have because of bad partisanship.’ It means reforming the federal tax code to ‘eliminate loopholes’ and lower rates. Lowering rates is considered a self-evidently noble goal mostly because of the total ideological victory of the conservative movement’s campaign to frame all taxation as a terrible burden/unjustifiable theft, but the ‘eliminating loopholes’ bit is actually about as close to “good idea that both parties theoretically agree on” as they come.”

Read more of this article by Alex Pareene for Salon.com here.

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February 26, 2014

“Lee Daniels Wants You to Know: ‘I’m Not F—ing Tyler Perry’” (Clutch Magazine)

“Daniels, whose film credits include Monsters Ball, Precious, The Paperboy, Shadowboxer, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, told the crowd that while both men often make films for and about African Americans the similarities end there.”

Read more of this story by Britni Danielle for Clutch Magazine here.

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February 26, 2014

“7 Reasons to Shut Down Anyone Who Says ‘Scandal’ Is Just a Soap Opera” (PolicyMic)

“The show is often disparaged unjustly — people call it a soap opera because of its melodramatic plot. But they have no idea what they’re talking about, because it’s one of the smartest, most progressive shows on TV: The show may be gripping, but it’s actually incredibly advanced in its representations of diversity.”

Read more of this article by Jen Winston for PolicyMic here.

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February 26, 2014

“ICE Deports Immigrant Amid Hunger Strike Against Deportations In Phoenix” (Huff Post Latino Voices)

“The authorities’ actions mark a heightening of tension between activists and Phoenix officials over the weeks-long hunger strike. On Feb. 17, six undocumented immigrants with family members locked up in the Eloy Detention Center, owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America, pitched tents in front of Phoenix’s ICE office and began fasting. They have demanded the release of their relatives and a halt toPresident Barack Obama’s record-setting pace of deportations. They have also been joined by sympathizers who have visited the round-the-clock camp to show support.”

Read more of this article by Roque Planas for Huff Post Latino Voices here.

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February 26, 2014

“Michigan Police Will Face No Charges for Shooting Homeless Man 11 Times for Stealing a Cup of Coffee” (AlterNet)

“The incident took place on the afternoon of July 1, 2012, when the police were called to investigate a report that 49-year-old Milton Hall, a homeless Saginaw man with a known history of mental illness, had stolen a cup of coffee from a convenience store. After arriving to the scene, officers found Hall armed with a pocket knife. It was during the confrontation in a parking lot that police fired their weapons 47 times at Hall, hitting him 11 times and fatally wounding him.”

Read more of this article by Rod Bastanmehr for AlterNet here.

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February 26, 2014

“Texas Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban” (Advocate.com)

“A federal judge today struck down Texas’s law banning same-sex marriage. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage last summer trumps Texas’s state constitutional amendment, which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2005.”

Read more of this story by Michelle Garcia for Advocate.com here.

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February 26, 2014

“Whitewashing Reproductive Rights: How Black Activists Get Erased” (AlterNet)

“Abortion for black women has always been a  revolutionary rejection of patriarchy, white supremacy and forced systems of oppression. The great scholars Patricia Hill Collins and Angela Davis have explained that throughout slavery and into the 20th century, self-abortion through herbal remedies, hangers, hatpins and pencils were a way out of slavery and poverty. Our ancestors fought hard to refuse to carry the children of their master rapists and rear another generation of slaves, even when it meant that “barren” women were deemed worthless chattel and sold between plantations. From generation to generation, stories and recipes were passed down to ensure that women weren’t forced to carry pregnancies they never desired or weren’t able to carry healthily. For as many powerful women that raised children in the worst conditions imaginable, so there were those who refused.”

Read more of this article by  Renee Bracey Sherman for AlterNet here.

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February 26, 2014

“Army Removes Hundreds of Soldiers Over Sexual Assault Concerns” (Jezebel)

“Last summer, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel requested that soldiers in these ‘positions of trust’ undergo background checks to make sure they didn’t have criminal histories. At that point, only 55 soldiers were removed. But as USA Today reported Wednesday, after the records of 20,000 more troops were reviewed, the new number of soldiers that have been dismissed from these roles by the Army is significantly higher. In contrast, other sections of the military that have had just as many problems as the Army concerning sexual assault removed only a few recruiters and counselors.”

Read more of this article by Kate Dries for Jezebel here.

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February 26, 2014

“The Definitive Guide to What’s Actually Going on in Venezuela” (PolicyMic)

“Perhaps even more disturbing than the death, destruction and violence that has ensnared Venezuela is the sweeping prevalence of conflicting reports and false information preventing people from making concrete observations on the country’s situation. What began as peaceful protests led by the country’s youth against President Nicolas Maduro took a turn for the worst on Feb 12, as reports of three student deaths made global news. Since then, 10 others have been killed as anti-government and pro-government forces clash and violence surges. Thousands of protesters are calling for President Nicolas Maduro’s resignation as the leader calls for peace talks. Here are the key facts you need to know about what’s happening in Venezuela.”

Read more of this story by Marguerite Ward for PolicyMic here.

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February 26, 2014

“This Is What the Refugee Food Lines in Syria Look Like” (PolicyMic)

“Located just south of Damascus, the refugee camp has been the site of a devastating eight-month siege, caught between the pro-Assad forces and the rebel fighters. Though UNRWA has been able to negotiate a deal with both sides to deliver food and aid packages, they have to fight everyday to get the supplies through, and they have not been able to deliver nearly enough to feed the 20,000 Palestinians who are trapped within.”

Read more of this article by Eileen Shim for PolicyMic here.

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February 26, 2014

“The new Smithsonian exhibit on Indian-Americans is great—if only it were 1985” (Quartz)

“Divided into seven sections, from migration to work to culture, the exhibit is initially stunning: panels of bright mango and magenta; doses of kitsch like durable Corelle plates and Bollywood records; the sobering display of a turban worn by a Sikh man killed after 9/11—all set against soundtracks from popular films. And yet after an initial walk-through, it became clear that so much is missing.”

Read more of this story by S. Mitra Kalita for Quartz here.

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February 26, 2014

“NAACP To Help Black Church Leaders Tackle The Stigma of HIV” (NewsOne)

“‘If Black America were its own country, it would rank 16th in the world for new HIV infections,; the NAACP release states. ‘Eliminating HIV will take great effort with the help of partners from the faith community taking action and putting an end to the social injustices in the Black community by confronting the stigma and facilitating honest dialogue with the estimated 20 million African Americans who attend church weekly.'”

Read more of this story by Lynette Holloway here.

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February 26, 2014

“Black Pastors Call For Attorney General Eric Holder’s Impeachment Over Same-Sex Marriage” (NewsOne)

“The Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) and various civil rights leaders announced Tuesday their concerted grassroots effort to collect one million signatures via an online petition to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) for refusing to enforce laws against same-sex marriage, according to CBS News.”

Read more of this article by Ruth Manuel-Logan for NewsOne here.

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February 26, 2014

“22 Brief Thoughts on Being Black in America Today” (PolicyMic)

“12. The sad part is, none of this should have to be explained. That it’s even up for debate is a testament to racism’s skillfully embedded institutionalization. It’s a natural extension of our psychology.”

Read more of this article by Zak Cheney-Rice for PolicyMic here.

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February 26, 2014

“Juvenile Justice Resource Hub Adds New Section on Racial-Ethnic Fairness in the System” (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)

“Earlier this year, JJIE launched a comprehensive Juvenile Justice Resource Hub that offers engaging research and information on critical issues in juvenile justice. The new Juvenile Justice Resource Hub section on racial-ethnic fairness covers the persistent problem of racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and details some promising reforms aimed at addressing this inequity.”

Learn more about the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub at Juvenile Justice Information Exchange here.

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February 26, 2014

“Things are getting better for both sides of the border” (Latina Lista)

“In the last few days, millions of dollars have been appropriated adding to the equation, and Cuellar can only see good coming from the influx of federal monies for the area and that translates to money for Texas.”

Read more of this story by Joe Sandoval for Latina Lista here.

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February 26, 2014

“Democrats Want to Get Wendy Davis Elected So Badly, They’re Breaking the Law to Do It” (PolicyMic)

“In fact, their efforts are already underway. Like any battleground state, the Democrats first looked at the demographic makeup of Texas. Today, Latinos make up 38% of Texas’ population, while whites make up 80% . The white electorate’s dominance, however, will not last — because the Latino population’s birth rates are higher, the Latino population is also still growing through immigration, and is younger (with a large population not yet at voting age). If legal Latino immigration rates stay consistent with 2000-2010 levels, Texas could be a majority Latino state by 2036. “

Read more of this article by John Giokaris for PolicyMic here.

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February 26, 2014

“Marijuana Legalization Is a Multi-Billion Dollar Revolution That’s Sweeping Across the USA” (PolicyMic)

“In the mere two and a half months since legalization went into effect, marijuana in Colorado has left the rest of the world in awe. On the first day of sales, the drug made $1 million. According to a budget proposal by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the state is expecting roughly $1 billion in sales for the rest of the fiscal year, generating roughly $100 million in revenue for the state. The money is slated to be used to build new schools.”

Read more of this article by Chris Miles for PolicyMic here.

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February 26, 2014

“Short Film ‘After Trayvon’ Explores What It Means To Be A Black Man In America (VIDEO)” (The Huffington Post)

“‘After Trayvon,’ directed by Alex Mallis of the Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Collective, captures this conversation. It’s a conversation that the entire nation was having that day, and one that continues today.”

Learn more about “After Trayvon” and read more of this article by Christopher Mathias for The Huffington Post here.

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February 26, 2014

“Uganda’s Currency Goes Limp After Enacting Antigay Law” (Advocate.com)

“The Ugandan central bank reported that its currency has already weakened by 1.8 percent, after Western outrage that President Yoweri Museveni signed the long-contested bill that would punish LGBT people with jail time.”

Read more of this article by Michelle Garcia for Advocate.com here.

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February 26, 2014

“The NFL’s Utter Hypocrisy About Racism” (AlterNet)

“This new n-word policy reeks of the same hypocrisy. Roger Goodell is an employee of the NFL. He answers to its owners and is treated like royalty as long as he pleases them. That would explain why his 2012 salary was more than $40m. It would also explain why Goodell is solely concerned with penalizing players while letting the owners run rampant on the league. The n-word policy is a reflection of that preferential treatment. Because, while players are getting fined and teams are getting penalized for spewing the n-word, Goodell has yet to demand that the Washington Redskins change its name.”

Read more of this article by David Dennis for AlterNet here.

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February 26, 2014

“Obamacare enrollment tops 4 million” (Salon.com)

“However, it’s not yet the case that all of the major questions concerning Obamacare’s rollout have been answered. The number of new enrollees who have paid their first month’s premium is unknown, for example (although insurance companies estimate that number to be about 80 percent).”

Read more of this article by Elias Isquith for Salon.com here.

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February 26, 2014

“Most Democrats Want Clinton to Run in 2016” (The New York Times)

“The election, of course, is far off. But the level of enthusiasm among voters for candidates in their own party still matters, as those potential candidates are already deciding whether to run and beginning to plan campaign and fund-raising strategies.

While Democrats appear overwhelmingly eager for a Clinton candidacy, the poll suggests that the Republican field, at least at this early stage, is far more muddled, with no potential candidate garnering majority enthusiasm for a presidential run.”

Read more of this post by Dalia Sussman for The New York Times here.

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February 26, 2014

“GOP’s staggering chutzpah: Why they’re attacking Medicare cuts now” (Salon.com)”Most Democrats Want Clinton to Run in 2016″ (The New York Times)

“This fundamental inconsistency is well known to reporters, and in many other circumstances that would militate toward nixing the attacks altogether. But Medicare attacks are unusually politically potent. So Republicans have decided it’s worth enduring accusations of hypocrisy if that’s what it takes to continue the attacks.

That means they need answers for the press, though, and the only way for them to square their budgets and their Medicare attacks is through sheer bamboozlement. They think you don’t know how to read a budget, and are too stupid to figure it out.”

Read more of this story by Brian Beutler for Salon.com here.

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February 25, 2014

“De Blasio Says New York Can Add 29,000 Pre-K Seats” (The New York Times)

“Expecting that some money will be available, the city asked its schools and private organizations to identify spaces where new prekindergarten seats could be created by September. Community-based organizations — typically local nonprofits — have identified potential seating for 20,000 students at 647 different sites, the mayor said. Additionally, principals from 280 public elementary schools have said they could provide 9,000 more seats, he said.”

Read more of this article by Al Baker for The New York Times here.

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February 25, 2014

“Citizenship: Sold to the highest bidder!” (The Daily Beast)

“Under its plan, people worth a minimum of $1.4 million could get a visa if they loaned the government $720,000 interest-free for five years. The Canadian Department of Finance said the program ‘significantly undervalued Canadian permanent residence.'”

Read more of this article by Robert Frank for The Daily Beast here.

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February 25, 2014

“Watch Anderson Cooper Take On Arizona Senator Who Backed Anti-Gay Bill” (Jezebel)

“The shitty anti-gay bill in Arizona already has legislators who once supported it backtracking like crazy to escape its web of dumbfuckery. However, there’s still more than a few who think this bill is a great idea. Like Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, who seemed to be trying to push forward a GOP talking point that bill wasn’t all that bad (HAHAHAHA), see, it was just the media that made it seem really awful for explaining to the public how the bill would make it legal for businesses to refuse services to gay patrons. Melvin said the opposition from the public was because of the “media frenzy” around the bill.”

Read more of this story by Rebecca Rose for Jezebel here.

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February 25, 2014

“The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities Aren’t Anywhere Near Mexico” (Huff Post Latino Voices)

“‘Patrick has warned repeatedly of a “Mexican invasion,’ though net migration from Mexico to the United States has dropped to zero since the economic crisis of 2008, and the undocumented population of Texas has risen only modestly since then. He’s pledged to crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers, though he himself did so in the 1980s. And he’s tried to tie undocumented immigrants to violent crime, using questionable numbers.”

Read more of this story at The Huffington Post here.

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February 25, 2014

“Toxicity: The True Story of Mainstream Feminism’s Violent Gatekeepers” (Black Girl Dangerous)

“The prevailing theme underlying critiques of mainstream white-centric feminism is that it fails too many women. Danielle Miller, a Native American woman and scholar who tweets as @xodanix3 and started the #NotYourMascot hashtag, explains, ‘the more I got involved with social justice discourse, I saw how feminists were not addressing PoC issues. I’ve seen the absence of support when it comes to all the violence perpetuated against Indigenous women.’

A damning assertion indeed, particularly in the light of attempts by feminist heavyweights such as Eve Ensler to paint themselves as champions of Native women, despite Native opposition.”

Read more of this article by Aaminah Khan for Black Girl Dangerous here.

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February 25, 2014

“TUTWILER WOMEN’S PRISON IS A HOTHOUSE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE” (Vice)

“He goaded her, “Shit! You owe me. Now come on; open your mouth, just a little bit.” Sutton claimed that he’d let her use a telephone and brought her food from outside, so naturally Dixon should pay it back in trade. She put his penis in her mouth for the duration of about a minute, presumably all she could stand.”

Read more of this article by Natalie Elliott for Vice here. 

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February 25, 2014

“Columbia University Sorority Issues Apology For Racially Themed Outfits” (The Huffington Post)

“Photos of Kappa Alpha Theta members at Columbia posted to various social media outlets showed women portraying a Mexican team with sombreros, fake mustaches and tequila bottles, as well as a Japanese team in schoolgirl outfits and hachimaki, holding up peace signs.”

Read more of this story by Tyler Kingkade for The Huffington Post here.

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February 25, 2014

“Chicago’s Controversial New Police Program Prompts Fears Of Racial Profiling” (The Huffington Post)

“On Tuesday, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy held a news conference to discuss his department’s pilot program which, as McCarthy describes it, involves officers visiting the homes of individuals they identify as likely victims or perpetrators of crime almost immediately on the heels of violence erupting in their neighborhoods.”

Read more of this story by Joseph Erbentraut for The Huffington Post here.

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February 25, 2014

“My 13-Year-Old Son Wants To Shave His Afro Because His White Peers Won’t Stop Touching It” (xoJane)

“Given my experience, maybe I should’ve warned my 13-year-old son what he was in for when he decided last fall to grow his hair into an afro. After seven months, he has a breathtaking halo of hair—one that’s flashing the same undevised “touch me” message to his white peers. And he can’t take it anymore.

‘I want to be bald. Completely bald,’ he told me one recent morning while picking his hair out in the bathroom.”

Read more of this article by Liz Dwyer for xoJane here.

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February 25, 2014

“Are Mexicans the Most Successful Immigrant Group in the U.S.?” (Zócalo Public Square)

“At what seems to be the other end of the spectrum, the children of Mexican immigrants had the lowest levels of educational attainment of any of the groups in our study. Only 86 percent graduated from high school—compared to 100 percent of Chinese-Americans and 96 percent of native-born Anglos—and only 17 percent of graduated from college. But their high school graduation rate was more than double that of their parents, only 40 percent of whom earned diplomas. And, the college graduation rate of Mexican immigrants’ children more than doubles that of their fathers (7 percent) and triples that of their mothers (5 percent). “

Read more about this research in a piece by Jennifer Lee for Zócalo Public Square here.

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February 25, 2014

“Lobbyist Proposes Gay Ban for NFL, Predicts Support From Dozens in Congress” (Advocate.com)

“In response to the coming-out of NFL hopeful Michael Sam, lobbyist Jack Burkman is proposing legislation to bar gay players from the football league.”

View this post by Daniel Reynolds and video of Michael Sam discussing his politics at Advocate.com here.

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February 25, 2014

“Pre-Racial” (Slate)

“Maybe the reason the issue of race never came up in (Supreme Court Justice) Thomas’ boyhood Georgia wasn’t because everyone had thicker skin back then. Maybe the issue never came up because color simply determined everything: where you could sip water, where you could swim, where you could go to school, which doctors you could see, which gas stations would allow you to use their restrooms. Maybe there was a lot less to talk about, not because nobody noticed racial differences but because the legal regime crafted to perpetuate those differences was omnipresent and seemingly impregnable.”

Read more of this story by Dahlia Lithwick for Slate here.

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February 25, 2014

“Conservative hacks defend misleading political ads” (Salon.com)

“One of the built-in benefits of producing anti-Obamacare attack ads is that you can insulate them from scrutiny by attacking anyone who questions the presented facts for insulting a sick person or an ACA victim.”

Read more of this article by Brian Beutler for Salon.com here.

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February 25, 2014

“Republicans seek political cover to accept Medicaid expansion money” (The Washington Post)

“Pence is among a small but growing number of GOP governors and lawmakers looking for alternatives to expanding Medicaid. They don’t want to be seen embracing a law that is almost universally loathed in their party, but the hundreds of millions of dollars available to their states through the law’s provisions are too enticing to pass up.

‘Obamacare was a mistake. It was, to borrow a phrase, a bad idea poorly executed,’ Pence said in an interview. ‘But where I work, it’s about solutions. People are looking for results.'”

Read more of this story by Reid Wilson for The Washington Post here.

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February 25, 2014

“Being A White Latina : A Reflection On Racial And Ethnic Identities” (Thought Catalog)

“Although my family is from Argentina, I am from the United States, which complicates my ethnic and racial identity.”

Read more of this piece by Nicholle Lamartina for Thought Catalog here.

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February 25, 2014

“Stop And Frisk Much More Likely In Newark Than New York City” (Huff Post Black Voices)

“‘Several disturbing patterns have emerged that raise constitutional red flags about the Newark Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices,’ said Udi Ofer, ACLU-NJ’s executive director, in a statement. ‘Specifically, our report raises concerns about the high volume of stops, racial disparities in who is getting stopped and the fact that the vast majority of stops appear to be of innocent people.'”

Read more of this article at Huffington Post Black Voices here.

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February 25, 2014

“White America’s “Waiver Mania”: The Right’s Plot to Minimize Its Culture War Defeat” (AlterNet)

“Measures like these have emerged in a number of states out of a wellspring of conservative panic about the country’s abrupt legal and cultural evolution into a society that’s broadly tolerant of gay people. Rather than deny the shift, or stop at trying to reverse it in legislatures, the courts and at ballot boxes, conservatives are instead attempting to erect a legal architecture that will wall them off from the growing portion of American society that supports equal rights for gay people. The idea is to use their putative religious beliefs to exempt themselves from broadly-applicable laws when those laws reflect a zeitgeist that offends them — or, as former-Business Insider writer Josh Barro put it, to create ‘a special new right to discriminate on a particular basis.'”

Read more of this article by Brian Beutler for AlterNet here.

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February 25, 2014

“More Support Needed For Latino Veterans And Families?” (Latina Lista)

“Iraq War veteran Armando Elias, a 41 year-old native Puerto Rican, joined the U.S. Army at age 26 and became a sergeant before his service ended. He and his family described the anxiety that they sometimes faced; he as a returning veteran becoming acclimated to civilian life while seeking work and they struggling with occasional anxiety as they waited for him to return safely.”

Read more of this story by Brian Woodman Jr. for Latina Lista here.

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February 25, 2014

“Ted Nugent says Obama’s stoking a ‘power struggle between the different races'” (Salon.com)

“‘There was an incrementalism to what happened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly,’” Nugent said. ‘And they started, you know, the power struggle between the different races, and the power struggle between different elements of society. And they incrementally worked their way in. And I think that’s what Obamacare is, that’s what I think most of what he represents.'”

Read more of this story by Elias Isquith for Salon.com here.

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February 25, 2014

“Witch Hunt: Ugandan Newspaper Publishes List of 200 Gays” (AlterNet)”Ted Nugent says Obama’s stoking a ‘power struggle between the different races'” (Salon.com)

“The latest anti-gay news, as the Associated Press reports, is that a Ugandan newspaper published a list of the ‘top’ 200 gay people in the country. The list includes gay activists, a hip-hop star and a Catholic priest. “The media witch hunt is back,” tweeted Jacqueline Kasha, an activist.

It echoes a 2011 list published that called for the execution of the alleged gay people listed. One Ugandan gay activist named David Kato was killed after the 2011 list was released “

Read more of this article by Alex Kane for AlterNet here.

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February 25, 2014

“A Political Crisis Will Likely Happen to the Countries That Are Brightest Red on This Map” (PolicyMic)

“The above heat map sorts the world by fifths into various levels of risk. The map’s creator, Jay Ulfelder, says that at around 80% of the countries which undergo coup attempts this year are likely to fall into the uppermost category (red). Meanwhile, this chart plots the unweighted average of two different forecast models to determine the ‘single-best’ forecast of the risk of a coup.”

View the map and more commentary by Tom McKay for PolicyMic here.

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February 25, 2014

“$740 Billion Has Been Spent on Security Since 9/11 — Is America Any Safer?” (PolicyMic)

“But is the money being spent on the sometimes vague and amorphous notion of “homeland security” worth the cost, to say nothing of the cost to civil liberties? Probably not. Almost all long term, academic cost-benefit analyses of national security spending have determined that we are spending too much and reaping too few benefits.”

Read more of this article by Jessica Huseman for PolicyMic here.

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February 25, 2014

 “New Republican Tax Plan Cuts Rates on the Rich” (Mother Jones)

“The long-awaited simplification of the tax code being drafted by House Republicans would slash the top income tax rate to 25 percent from 39.6 percent and impose a surtax on some of the nation’s wealthiest households.

Under the proposal, set for release Wednesday, the vast majority of taxpayers would see little change in the ultimate size of their tax bills, according to a nonpartisan congressional analysis of the legislation.”

Read more of this article by Kevin Drum for Mother Jones here.

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February 25, 2014

“In Venezuela, Protest Ranks Grow Broader” (The New York Times)

“The biggest protests since the death of the longtime leader Hugo Chávez nearly a year ago are sweeping Venezuela, rapidly expanding from the student protests that began this month on a campus in this western city into a much broader array of people across the country. On Monday, residents in Caracas, the capital, and other Venezuelan cities piled furniture, tree limbs, chain-link fence, sewer grates and washing machines to block roads in a coordinated action against the government.”

Read more of this article by William Neuman for The New York Times here.

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February 24, 2014

“Adidas Sexualized T-Shirts Are Just Plain Wrong” (Huff Post Latino Voices)

“We don’t accept that the World Cup be used for illegal practices, like so-called sexual tourism,” (head of the Brazilian Tourism Board Flávio) Dino told Brazilian news agency O Globo. “We ask that Adidas put a stop to the sale of these products… Brazil has harsh laws to deal with sexual abuse and the police will act on these cases in the national territory.”

Read more of this story at The Huffington Post here.

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February 24, 2014

“‘Driving While Black’ Highway Racial Profiling Still Going Strong throughout U.S.” (AlterNet)

“Although it is hard to document how widely police departments employ stop-and-frisk-like tactics, the data tells the same story nearly everywhere studies have been done on who is stopped by the police: racial minorities are stopped at considerably higher rates than whites. The underlying reason for this is not racism by individual officers. Rather, it is police department directives requiring officers to make large numbers of stops just to check people out. Police departments widely favor this practice because it allows officers to proactively seize guns and drugs, in officer-initiated stops, rather than waiting to respond to crimes.”

Read more of this story by Charles Epp at AlterNet here.

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February 24, 2014

“The Victim of a Police Assault Should Not be Prosecuted” (AlterNet)

“The abusive actions of the NYPD in their response to occupy have been well documented. What has been less well documented is the complicity of the New York District Attorney’s Office.  Under the leadership of Cy Vance, police have not been prosecuted, obviously false testimony has been put on the stand by prosecutors and victims of police abuse have had to file lawsuits to protect their rights. Prosecutor Vance’s actions have done nothing to curtail police violence against people exercising their constitutional rights.  In fact, his failure to act makes his office part of the problem when it should be part of the solution.”

Read more of this article by Kevin Zeese for AlterNet here.

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February 24, 2014

“Why Do People in Prison Go on Hunger Strike?” (Bitch Magazine)

“On Thursday February 13th, the hunger striking women were joined by 90 people in the jail’s male unit who refused dinner. That action drew media attention—the Arizona Republic published a short piece on the hunger strike, interviewing two of the men (but none of the women) involved. One man told the Republic that he had been motivated to participate in the hunger strike as an act of solidarity with the women: ‘If a woman does it, I’m gonna do it. That’s what men are supposed to do.'”

Read more of this story by Victoria Law for Bitch Magazine here.

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February 24, 2014

“Arizona’s Horrific “Freedom of Religion” Discrimination Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature” (Autostraddle)

“Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has until the end of the week to decide if her state will be the first of 2014 to legalize religion-based discrimination against, well, just about everybody.”

Read more of this story by Kaitlyn for Autostraddle here.

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February 24, 2014

“Watch How Fox News Really Talks About Black America” (PolicyMic)

“On one hand, it might be easy to dismiss Fox News, which has a stellar reputation for race-baitingoffensive rhetoric about an anti-multicultural agenda. On the other hand, one cannot ignore the possible influence of the most watched cable news network among 25-54 year-olds (although viewership is steadily declining). This is particularly true because racial perceptions have very real and negative consequences on people’s lives.”

Read more of this article by Sanders Deionne for PolicyMic here.

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February 24, 2014

“11 Badass Asian Musicians Who Are Shattering Stereotypes About Asian Music” (PolicyMic)

“Asians face crippling stereotypes in many different artistic fields, but in music especially they’ve long been pigeon-holed as strictly classical musicians or exotic dance pop producers.

That was always ridiculous, but these days it’s gotten pretty hard to overlook the ingenious, often incredibly socially-conscious Asian musicians the world over. From a rapper bringing some of the most badass female hardcore rap in music to a Korean-American doing Mumford & Sons better than even Mumford can, here are 11 Asian and Asian-American musicians who are shattering stereotypes.”

 Read more of this article by Lisa Bernier for PolicyMic here.

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February 24, 2014

“Michael B. Jordan’s Perfect, Viral Response to Racist ‘Fantastic Four’ Fans” (PolicyMic)

“On the one hand are your average Joes and Josephines, who’ve absorbed the news with appropriate levels of approval, acceptance or utter indifference. On the other, we have the obligatory peanut gallery of Twitterinstigators who take issue with Jordan’s blackness in a role traditionally represented by whites. This second group is small and obnoxious, but clearly capable of drawing attention (case in point: this article). But what can be said of them that Jordan doesn’t perfectly distill in this candid moment, courtesy of TMZ?”

Read more of this article by Zak Cheney-Rice for PolicyMic here.

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February 24, 2014

“Pregnant Teens Under Age 15 Are More Likely To Be Hispanic” (Huff Post Latino Voices)

“Experts suggest this indicates Latinas who become pregnant prior to the age of 15 are more likely to have relationships where the power is unequal. On average, young pregnant teens in the study had much older lovers; they were almost three times as likely as others to have a significant other who was at least six years older than they were.”

Read more of this article by Hope Gillette for Huff Post Latino Voices here.

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February 24, 2014

“Virginia Republican says pregnant women are ‘hosts,’ even if some people ‘refer to them as mothers'” (Salon.com)

“It should probably go without saying, too, that Martin does not support abortion rights.”

Read more of this story by Katie McDonough for Salon.com here.

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February 24, 2014

“Uganda Gays Face New Wave of Fear Under Anti-Gay Bill” (The Daily Beast)

“Since last December, when the anti-homosexuality bill was passed in the Ugandan parliament, Frank has been experiencing increasing threats to his safety. On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law. Frank says he worries for his future.

‘Many times, while returning home, local people have told me they are going to burn my house,’ he says. ‘They told me they will not allow me to promote homosexuality in their area, that they will force me out. They say, ‘We’re going to beat you until you die.’”

Read more of this story by Caelainn Hogan for The Daily Beast here.

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February 24, 2014

“NFL Considering 15-Yard Penalties for N-Word Use On Playing Field” (NewsOne)

“The NFL has been placed under the microscope lately. The league has been accused of having a locker-room culture where racial taunts have been “acceptable” and where coaches have turned a blind eye at ”playful” sports such as towel snapping and tauntings, the latter in the case of Miami Dolphins teammates Jonathan Martin and Ritchie Incognito.”

Read more of this story by Ruth Manuel-Logan for NewsOne here.

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February 24, 2014

“Venezuela’s Useful Idiots” (The Daily Beast)

“It’s a thought experiment I often present to the Western Chavista, one that usually ends up demonstrating that sympathizers of the regime, both in this country and in Europe, have something of a colonialist attitude towards Venezuela. Because one wonders the reaction of these faux progressives if Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel–pick your the imperialist lackey!–arrested an opposition leader who had organized peaceful street protests? Or if the CIA shut off the internet in politically restive cities like Berkeley and Brooklyn; blocked Twitter traffic it found politically suspect; and took over PBS, forcing it to broadcast only pro-administration agitprop, never allowing the opposition party to traduce the government across public airwaves? Or if the president forced the removal of BBC America from all cable providers for being too anti-American?”

Read more of this article by Michael Moynihan for The Daily Beast here.

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February 24, 2014

“Queers for Economic Justice Closes Its Doors Thanks to Lack of Economic Justice” (Autostraddle)

“QEJ carved a space for and by poor and homeless queers that aren’t represented in the mainstream fight for gay rights. They’ve created contingents in corporate-sponsored pride parades for low-income queers and queer people in labor unions. They’ve created space for discussion in homeless shelters for queer and trans* people. They maintained HIV and AIDS as a relevant queer issue. And they made sure that there was a place in their movement for every kind of queer family — especially those that build themselves through the struggle for queer liberation.”

Read more of this article by Maddie for Autostraddle here.

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February 24, 2014

“Supreme Court declines to hear gun law challenges” (Washington Post Politics)

“Activists had urged the court to accept the cases, saying there was a “massive judicial resistance” to expanding gun rights following the Supreme Court’s decisions in 2008 that there is a right to gun ownership for self-defense at least within one’s home. In 2010, the court said the right applies to state and local gun-control efforts, not just those at the federal level.”

Read more of this article by Robert Barnes for The Washington Post Politics here.

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February 24, 2014

“Fearing Hip-Hop: The Decline of the White Conscience” (Pacific Standard)

“’The reason [the word] bothers me is because it seems like it’s an accepted way of calling somebody the N-word now,’ Sherman told reporters. Right-wing outlets expressed the usual Captain Renault-like “shock” over race-card gamesmanship. They were right to be uneasy; Sherman’s response had brought the hullabaloo’s clear racial subtext to the fore.”

Read more of this article by Ted Scheinman for Pacific Standard here.

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February 24, 2014

THE GLOBAL SLAVERY INDEX 2013 (New Report by Global Slavery Index)

“This is the first edition of the Global Slavery Index. It is the first Index of its kind – providing an estimate, country by country, of the number of people living in modern slavery today.

The Global Slavery Index 2013 measures the size of the modern slavery problem, country by country. The Index provides a quantitative ranking of 162 countries around the world according to the estimated prevalence of slavery, that is, the estimated percentage of enslaved people in the national population at a point in time. The Global Slavery Index also examines the risk factors and outlines the strength of the government responses in the fight against modern slavery.”

Download the report, view infographics and learn more about this research at Global Slavery Index’s website here.

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February 24, 2014

“Jamaica Pushes Forward With Decriminalizing Marijuana by End of Year” (Atlanta Black Star)

“Legalization or decriminalization of the weed has been sweeping the globe, led by the United States where Colorado, followed by Washington state, has demonstrated the earning power of marijuana. America’s tax take has already been put at an estimated US$100 million a year.

Jamaica’s Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Task force comprises the Ganja Law Reform Coalition, the National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja and several members of civil society. The group is chaired by University of the West Indies, Mona Principal Professor Archibald McDonald. Other leading Ganja Law Reform advocates sitting on the task force include Paul Chang and Paul Burke.

The task force also reiterated that a compulsory condition of involvement in the growers’ association was agreement by members not to take any part, directly or indirectly, in the growing or cultivation of ganja until there is a legal and regulated framework in place.”

Read more of this story by Tracy for Atlanta Black Star here.

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February 24, 2014

“The Latin American revolution will not be televised” (Salon.com)

“Political drama is nothing new to Venezuela. Indeed, President Nicolas Maduro has followed in his friend Hugo Chavez’s footsteps of claiming assassination attempts, crying wolf on localized terrorism and is often held responsible for overall inflation throughout his tenure. But the gatherings of the last month have held more power than typically felt by student movements, and has led to a fast-moving chain of events within the government, including detaining opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on terrorism charges, with Maduro comparing the opposition to an infection. Lopez, who may have organized some of the larger gatherings, was formerly charged with murder in connection with the deaths of three protesters, but the charges have since been reduced to arson and conspiracy. His detainment, as well as government speculation that the United States is spearheading a movement to destabilize the Venezuelan government, drew the attention of Amnesty International, which accused Venezuelan officials of “scapegoating.” Similarly, following the story on international news outlets has been confusing, as the information being received depends largely on which network you decide to follow along with.

And while major networks are being threatened for glorifying anti-government gatherings, falling silent, or are expelled from the country altogether, there is major dialogue forcing through on social media.”

Read more of this story by Annemarie Dooling for Salon.com here.

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February 24, 2014

“UGANDA GAYS FACE NEW WAVE OF FEAR UNDER ANTI-GAY BILL” (The Daily Beast)

The president’s support for the anti-homosexuality bill has provoked a backlash from the West and several threats to cut foreign aid. President Obama cautioned that the bill would complicate U.S.-Uganda relations. But Museveni, in a speech last Wednesday, warned the international community that, “Ugandan can stand on its own, stop lecturing Uganda.”

 The new bill puts members of the LGBT community in Uganda at risk of life imprisonment, with the law requiring people to report anyone they knew or suspected to be homosexual or face prison time themselves.

 You can continue reading more about this bill here.

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February 21, 2014

“I’m The Duke University Freshman Porn Star And For The First Time I’m Telling The Story In My Words” (xoJane)

“It terrifies us to even fathom that a woman could take ownership of her body. We deem to keep women in a place where they are subjected to male sexuality. We seek to rob them of their choice and of their autonomy. We want to oppress them and keep them dependent on the patriarchy. A woman who transgresses the norm and takes ownership of her body — because that’s exactly what porn is, no matter how rough the sex is — ostensibly poses a threat to the deeply ingrained gender norms that polarize our society.

I am well aware: The threat I pose to the patriarchy is enormous. That a woman could be intelligent, educated and CHOOSE to be a sex worker is almost unfathomable.”

Read more of this story in the author’s own words at xoJane here.

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February 21, 2014

“Study: More People of Color Sentenced to Private Prisons Than Whites” (HuffPost Latino Voices Blog)

“Speaking to Billmoyers.com, Petrella explains why this is significant to black and Latino prisoners. ‘Based on historical sentencing patterns, if you are a prisoner today, and you are over 50 years old, there is a greater likelihood that you are white,’ says Petrella. ‘If you are under 50 years old — particularly if you’re closer to 30 years old — you’re more likely to be a person of color.’ He references a 2012 ACLU report which found that it costs $68,270 to support a prisoner age 50 or older compared with $34,135 per year to house a non-geriatric prisoner.”

Read more of this article by Michaela Pommells for HuffPost Latino Voices Blog here.

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February 21, 2014

“Conservative “Marry Young” Dating Advice is Actually About Man-Hating” (Bitch Magazine)

“Feminists are often accused of “man-hating,” but true misandry comes from the conservative view that men are fundamentally unchangeable losers and need to be manipulated into long-term partnerships. This fatalistic “boys will be boys” attitude projects a cynical view of men’s behavior, demonizes male sexuality, and manages to simultaneously objectify and dismiss men of all ages.”

Read more of this piece by Vivienne Chen for Bitch Magazine here.

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February 21, 2014

“First Black Miss Israel Admits Racism is a Problem in Israel” (Atlanta Black Star)

“’If you feel like you’re going to be segregated then you end up being segregated, but if you feel like you’re going to be part of the society then you’ll be accepted,’ she said.”

Read more of this story by Tracy for Atlanta Black Star here.

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February 21, 2014

“Public Money, Private Prisons are Impenetrable ‘Bastions of Secrecy'” (AlterNet)

“The biggest obstacle to greater transparency within private prisons, the study asserts, is the limited reach of FOIA laws. Because private prisons are entities independent of the executive branch of government, the public cannot access the sort of information most critical for evaluating the facilities, which ‘reside exclusively within the custody and control of those prisons and the corporations that run them.'”

Read more of this article by Aaron Cantú for AlterNet here.

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February 21, 2014

“Darren Sharper and the Myth of People Who Are ‘Too Sexy’ To Rape” (COLORLINES.com)

“If he’s found guilty, it wouldn’t be the first time that a former professional football player was unmasked as a serial rapist; former All-Pro running back David Meggett is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence in South Carolina after being named in at least three different sexual assault investigations. In both cases, if you get past the downright racist comments on message boards, a troubling excuse has bubbled to the surface: these strong, powerful and good-looking men don’t need to rape anyone to have sex.”

Read more of Jamilah King for COLORLINES.com or Erin Gloria Ryan for Jezebel here.

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February 21, 2014

“The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch” (Caracas Chronicles)

“People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street.

And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.”

Read more of this article by Francisco Toro at Caracas Chronicles here.

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February 21, 2014

“What the 20-Something Nostalgia Obsession Means About Growing Up” (PolicyMic)

“Nostalgia has always appealed to those who have grown past childhood because it reminds of when one experienced everything with the enthusiasm of a newcomer to life. Instead of viewing the world through a nostalgic tint, younger people experience the world as a series of exciting promises often made by their fictional heroes’ lives. We remember the films and shows of our childhood as if somehow the characters who raised us implicitly foreshadowed what we would achieve when we too became adults and began our adventures.”

Read more of this article by Matthew Rozsa for PolicyMic here.

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February 21, 2014

“Kentucky Debates Easing Felony Disenfranchisement Laws” (COLORLINES)

“More than one in five of black residents of voting age in Kentucky cannot vote. The state ranks among the harshest in the country for felony disenfranchisement but according to Stateline, that could change this election year.”

Read more of this article by Carla Murphy for COLORLINES.com here.

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February 21, 2014

“Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted By Herbicide Firm Syngenta” (DemocracyNOW!)

“When Hayes found results Syngenta did not expect — that Atrazine causes sexual abnormalities in frogs, and could cause the same problems for humans — it refused to allow him to publish his findings. A new article in The New Yorker magazine uses court documents from a class-action lawsuit against Syngenta to show how it sought to smear Hayes’ reputation and prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from banning the profitable chemical, which is already banned by the European Union.”

See more of this news story or read the transcript by DemocracyNOW! here.

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February 21, 2014

“Arizona Just Passed a ‘Right to Discriminate’ Bill — And It’s as Scary as It Sounds” (PolicyMic)

“The bill is designed to allow businesses to reject service to any customer based on the owners’ religious beliefs and use these religious beliefs as protection in a discrimination lawsuit. Arizona State Senator Steve Yarbrough, one of the bill’s sponsors, claimed the push for the bill was prompted by a New Mexico case in which the state Supreme Court allowed a gay couple to sue a wedding photographer for refusing to take their wedding pictures.”

Read more of this story by Matt Essert for PolicyMic here.

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February 21, 2014

“The Shadow Lobbying Complex: How Corporations Are Hiding Vast Influence, Peddling Efforts” (DemocracyNOW!)

“A new exposé in The Nation magazine reveals that much of the lobbying money spent on shaping policy in Washington is going unreported. For the third straight year, the official amount spent by lobbyists has declined, and the number of registered lobbyists is the lowest its been in more than a decade. But these numbers are misleading, says reporter Lee Fang, author of the ‘The Shadow Lobbying Complex: On paper, influence peddling has declined. In reality, it has gone underground.'”

Watch this news piece or view a transcript of it by Lee Fang for DemocracyNOW! here.

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February 21, 2014

“I’m black, don’t shoot me” (WashingtonPost Opinions)

“I know it’s important that the next Zimmerman or Dunn be convicted of murder, if that’s what the evidence says. But I’m so very tired of funerals and trials. I want to know what we can do to keep the next Trayvon Martin and the next Jordan Davis alive.

While Michael Dunn was in jail awaiting trial — and authorities were recording his phone calls — he said this to his fiancee: ‘When the police said that these guys didn’t have a record I was like, you know, I wonder if they’re just flying under the radar. Because they were bad.'”

Read more of this opinion piece by Eugene Robinson for the Washington Post here.

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February 21, 2014

“9 Absurd Religious-Right Attempts to Seem Sexy and Hip” (AlterNet)

“It’s evident that social conservatives have a serious  demographics problem. If they are realistic, they realize that appealing primarily to white rural Christian fundamentalist males over 55 has its limitations. As a result, some of them have been making an attempt at youth outreach. But when social conservatives try to flaunt their hipster credentials and demonstrate that they aren’t as old, as white, as male, as uptight and sexually repressed as you think, the results can be embarrassing or awkward. And in many cases, their message is still one of repression.

Below are nine examples of attempts to use “hipster” imagery to sell a socially conservative or Republican message.”

Read more of this article by Alex Henderson for AlterNet here.

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February 21, 2014

“Discrimination made legal: Judge rules on NYPD Muslim spying” (Salon.com)

“The Center for Constitutional Rights’ legal director, Baher Azmy, offered a statement to this effect, decrying the ruling: ‘In addition to willfully ignoring the harm that our innocent clients suffered from the NYPD’s illegal spying program, by upholding the NYPD’s blunderbuss Muslim surveillance practices, the court’s decision gives legal sanction to the targeted discrimination of Muslims anywhere and everywhere in this country, without limitation, for no other reason than their religion.'”

Read more of this story by Natasha Lennard for Salon.com here.

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February 21, 2014

“Steve King Doubles Down On Controversial Immigration Comments” (HuffPost Politics)

“In the interview, King also suggested that the criticism of his remarks was politically motivated, saying his critics ‘call names and criticize the utilization of the language’ instead of engaging with him over the policy issues at hand.”

See more of this story by Samantha Lachman for HuffPost Politics here.

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February 21, 2014

“The Best Theory on Why Facebook Paid $19 Billion for WhatsApp” (PolicyMic)

“It’s certainly not the international userbase; Facebook has never put an incredible amount of effort into expanding across the globe. And while the userbase (450 million with 70% daily use) is very impressive, is it $19 billion impressive? (Facebook is essentially paying $42 per user on the deal.)

It definitely has something to do with staying ahead of the curve on mobile, but Lacey suggests something “much simpler, and much more specific” — photos.”

Read more of this article by Tom McKay for PolicyMic here.

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February 21, 2014

“The Other Connecticut, the Other America” (Pacific Standard)

“Despite the much lower cost of living in Southeastern Connecticut compared to the tony western suburbs—Zillow’s Rent Index says the median rent in Greenwich is $5,529; in Norwich it’s $1,228—residents complain bitterly about what they consider their high cost of living.

Of course, it’s all relative. Relative to Greenwich’s per capita income of $88,519, Norwich’s $25,512 can only be stretched so far. The city’s recent high unemployment rate—7.3 percent compared to Greenwich’s 4.3 percent—isn’t only due to the still-struggling economy, but reflects the over-supply of low-skill workers and state policies that seem meant to keep the region isolated.”

Read more of this article by John-Manuel Andriote for Pacific Standard here.

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February 21, 2014

“Court to Control MLK Bible and Nobel Peace Prize” (Clutch Magazine)

“Earlier this month, Bernice King said that her brothers were trying to sell two of the family’s most prized possessions. The King brother then filed a lawsuit against their sister since she wouldn’t turn over the items. Fulton County Superior Judge Robert McBurney ordered King’s daughter, Bernice, to turn over the items but did not set a timeline.”

Read more of this article by Yesha Callahan for Clutch Magazine here.

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February 20, 2014

“Claire Underwood Is Far Too Complicated for a ‘Feminist or Not’ Debate” (Jezebel)

“Friedersdorf suggests that Claire is actually not a feminist at all, she’s just a ruthless pragmatist like her husband Francis. Rearranging and conflating her rape and abortion stories just worked for her in the moment. She might cry on the stairs after visiting the woman she basically pushed to the point of suicide, you know, she sucks it up and returns to her other plan of dismantling the President’s marriage via his wife. Claire don’t care. But Friedersdorf thinks we as viewers want her to be redeemable because she’s powerful, almost as if we have to find an excuse to allow ourselves to like she because she’s such an awful person.”

Read more of this story by Hillary Crosley for Jezebel here.

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February 20, 2014

“New Voting Trends Hit Harlem As Latino Population Grows” (New York Daily News)

“Dominicans are gnawing away at the once-stable black power base as new voting trends show Latinos throughout upper Manhattan — and especially in Harlem’s emerging battleground pockets — are flocking to the polls in increasing numbers.

A rising number of Hispanics are registering to vote in neighborhoods that were traditionally dominated by black residents.”

Read more of this article by Simone Weishselbaum for The New York Daily News here.

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February 20, 2014

“What the Media Gets All Wrong About Sex Work” (PolicyMic)

“Is there a difference between trafficking and sex work? The latter — a synonym for prostitution — is generally defined as “the commission by a person of any natural or unnatural sexual act, deviate sexual intercourse, or sexual contact for monetary consideration or other thing of value.” Human trafficking, by contrast, is defined by the UN as ‘the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.'”

Read more of this article by Lauren Maffeo for PolicyMic here.

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February 20, 2014

“The Real Faces of Entrepreneurship Don’t Look Like They Do in Silicon Valley” (PolicyMic)

“Entrepreneurs have always been absolutely vital to the U.S. economy and their work and success are essential to the American Dream.

Today, they are mostly highly-educated white males, but at one time, the word entrepreneurship belonged to immigrants, single mothers and single fathers.”

Read more of this story by Vivian Giang of The Daily Beast here.

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February 20, 2014

“Are We Ready for a Muslim Pres?” (The Daily Beast)

“Could a Muslim be elected President of the United States? And I’m not talking a person who is “secretly” a Muslim, which is what approximately 50 percent of the Republicans in Mississippi and Alabama believe President Obama is per a 2012 poll. I’m talking a presidential candidate who publicly identifies as a Muslim.”

Read more of this story by Dean Obeidallah for The Daily Beast here.

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February 20, 2014

Hate Crime Victimization Statistics Show Rise in Anti-Hispanic Crime (The Daily Beast)

According to data on Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project from 2013, 51 percent of the 35 million Hispanic adults living in the U.S. are immigrants. While the majority (81 percent) of the Hispanics pooled in the Pew study expressed satisfaction with their current state of living, others live in constant fear of attacks. Stories like the one of a 40-year-old Mexican immigrant on Staten Island who suffered a broken jaw after a 20-year-old swung a scooter at his head, keep the fear alive.

Read more of this article by Abby Haglage for The Daily Beast here.

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February 20, 2014

“Alex Jones and Phyllis Schlafly agree: Immigrants are going to ‘literally’ make Americans ‘their slaves'” (Salon.com)

“If you pair right-wing legend and inveterate immigrant-hater Phyllis Schlafly with the also right-wing (but mostly insane) conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the chances are pretty good that something totally ridiculous will be said in a matter-of-fact style and then swiftly agreed to without further discussion.”

Read this article by Elias Isquith for Salon.com here.

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February 20, 2014

“11 Photos of Religious Tolerance Around the World Tell a Very Different Story” (PolicyMic)

“The reality is religion is very much alive, and a mixture of hatred and fear of other religions is spurring conflicts across the globe as you read this. Extremist Christian militias in the Central African Republic are waging war on Muslims in an act they call revenge. A controversial book titled The Hindu and Penguin publishing house’s subsequent decision to pull it from shelves have sparked global outrage. A bill in Israel to legally distinguishbetween Christian and Muslim Arabs is advancing in Israel’s parliament. A flight was grounded yesterday after schoolchildren panicked upon seeing a man (a masters student in Iranian studies) write in Arabic in his notebook. The list goes on.”

Read more of this article by Marguerite Ward for PolicyMic here.

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February 20, 2014

“How Obamacare Could Unlock Job Opportunities” (The New York Times Magazine)

“In a sense, Obamacare amounts to a massive transfer of risk. Under the old system, if you quit your job and couldn’t get health insurance, you courted financial ruin every time you did something as mundane as riding your bike or playing pickup basketball. Now that risk is distributed to everyone who buys health insurance (including the government). Free of the massive financial risk of being alive, unemployed Americans can more easily take on risks associated with doing what they want to do.”

Read more of this article by Shaila Dewan for The New York Times Magazine here.

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February 20, 2014

“Engineering Emergency” (HuffPost Blog)

“A closer look at the data reveals another more subtle racial and ethnic divide. Most of the engineering credentials African American and Latino students earn are below the bachelor’s level, whereas about two thirds of the credentials white students earn are bachelor’s degrees or higher. This is a recipe for continued income inequality. Nine in ten new engineering jobs created between 2012 and 2022 will require at least a bachelor’s degree, and on average they will bring annual salaries that are tens of thousands of dollars higher than engineering jobs that require less advanced degrees.”

Read more of this article by Linda Rosen for HuffPost blog here.

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February 20, 2014

“Why Is the Federal Government Orphaning Children?” (HuffPost Blog)

“The consequence for American families is devastating. For example, last week ICE decided to move ahead with the deportation of Carlos Oliva-Guillen, a parent of three U.S. Citizen children. His youngest child, Jencarlos is 7 months old and is being treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a rare life threatening condition. ICE refused to allow doctors to obtain a needed blood sample from Carlos and instead moved him from a private prison in New Jersey to Louisiana, a final step before deportation.”

Read more of this article by Gordon Whitman for HuffPost’s blog here.

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February 20, 2014

“Edward Snowden Commends Chelsea Manning for ‘Extraordinary Act'” (Jezebel)

“‘It’s this self correcting, self determining form of unapologetically American government in which Chelsea Manning so valuably participated,’ he said.

The Sam Adams Award for Integrity and Intelligence was awarded to Manning in January by the Oxford Union Society “for casting much-needed daylight on the true toll and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq; human rights abuses by U.S. and “coalition” forces, mercenaries, and contractors; and the roles that spying and bribery play in international diplomacy.” Snowden was the recipient of the award in 2013.”

Read more of this story by Rebecca Rose for Jezebel and view Edward Snowden’s message to Chelsea Manning here.

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February 20, 2014

“Meet the Billionaires Using Their Immense Wealth to Make Life Miserable for Ordinary Americans” (AlterNet)

“Here are five-plus examples of billionaires who use their money to try to get us to think what they want us to think in order to enact a right-wing economic agenda.”

See Dave Johnson’s full list at Alternet here.

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February 20, 2014

“5 Ways U.S. History Is More Latino Than We Think” (NBC News)

“This was an “Aha” moment for Fernández-Armesto, a 63 year-old British historian of Spanish descent. ‘I discovered,’ he said, ‘that these nice, cultured, well-educated people had little understanding of the country’s Hispanic past.’ So he set out to write a book that examined American history from a fresh perspective. ‘I wanted to go beyond the traditional, from east to west, sea-to-shining-sea narrative,’ he said. ‘The truth is that U.S. history crosses the continent in both directions, as well as from south to north.'”

Read more of this article by Raul Reyes for NBC News here.

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February 20, 2014

“Colorado Estimated They’d Make $70M Off Pot. Right Now They’re on Track for $98M. Wow.” (PolicyMic)

“Besides underestimating the popularity legalized marijuana would have around the state, early predictions didn’t account for how many retail pot shops would open around Colorado (163 as of Feb. 18) and how much customers would be willing to pay, which, because of no standardized prices, is much higher that the $202 an ounce price forecasters has predicted last year.

These strong figures are likely a welcome indication from other states considering the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana.

And while Washington’s retail sales don’t begin for a few months, based on Colorado’s success, it’s certainly possible that the estimated $190 million over four years could be too low.”

Read more of this article by Matt Essert for PolicyMic here.

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February 20, 2014

“The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics” (Latino Decisions)

“It is also important for us to discuss the important “minority women’s vote”.  The modern U.S. partisan gender gap is now reinforced by the political behavior of racial/ethnic minority women.  In fact, black women and Latina voters overwhelmingly supported President Obama, by 9 to 11 points respectively, which was greater than their male counterparts (CNN).  This partisan gender gap for blacks and Latinas even exceeded the gender gap for whites, which was 7 points.  The ImpreMedia-Latino Decisions Election Eve Poll demonstrated the 2012 depth of Latina Democratic support with Latina voters preferring President Obama to Romney, 77% to 21% or a 56 point gap.”

View infographics and read more of this article by Christina Bejarano for Latino Decisions here.

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February 20, 2014

“Can Tyler Perry find new success as a talk show host?” (theGrio)

“In 2012, Perry signed a deal with Oprah’s network to bring several scripted programs to the channel, resulting in several new programs – The Haves and Have Nots, Love Thy Neighbor, and Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse (which had been cancelled by TBS, but revived by OWN.)  The Haves And Have Nots has become the most popular cable show on Tuesday nights. And a new show, The Single Moms Club, is slated to premiere later this year.”

Read more of this opinion piece by Veronica Miller for theGrio here.

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February 19, 2014

“Just Eat It: A Comic About Food and Cultural Appropriation” (Bitch Magazine)

“I’m writing from the viewpoint of a cranky immigrant, but also as someone who considers bell hooks’ essay “Eating the Other” and Edward Said’s book Orientalism as major touchstones that have informed a lot of my work (and viewpoint). How does this comic read to someone that doesn’t share that same viewpoint? Or background? I think even a lot of my white liberal friends would feel annoyed at me commenting on how they consume something they love (“ethnic” food). I think a lot of my Asian friends would tell me I’m over-thinking it. “

See Shing Yin Khor’s comic here at Bitch magazine.

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February 19, 2014

“DHS cancels national license plate tracking plan” (The Washington Post)

“The order came in the wake of a story by The Washington Post reporting that ICE last week solicited proposals from companies to compile a database of license plate information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers.”

Read more of this article by Ellen Nakashima and Josh Hicks for The Washington Post here.

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February 19, 2014

“Homeland Security Department Wants Access To License Plate Data” (Huffington Post)

“Law enforcement has been using license plate readers for several years, but privacy advocates have raised concerns that the unchecked collection of such information could allow for the tracking of an average citizen’s every movement. Lawmakers around the country, meanwhile, have been wrestling with whether or how to control the collection and use of license plate data.”

Read more of this article by Alicia Caldwell for the Huffington Post here.

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February 19, 2014

Georgia approves Confederate Flag license plate (Salon.com)

“According to the Journal-Constitution, the state has sold 439 Confederate plates in the past two years, and has 35 orders for the new tag. The plate costs $80, ten of which go to “promote education efforts and preservation of statues, monuments and other historic items” supported by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.”

Read more of this article by Prachi Gupta at Salon.com here.

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February 19, 2014

NJ wrestlers’ lynching photo draws scrutiny (theGrio)

“The photo, which surfaced online in recent days, shows seven white teens wearing Phillipsburg High School wrestling attire posed with a black tackling dummy in a Paulsboro High School wrestling shirt and hanging from a noose. Two of the boys have the hoods on their sweatshirts fixed into points. One of the boys is holding a paddle.”

Read more of this article by ahoward6382 at theGrio here.

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February 19, 2014

“Inside the Student Activist Movement: Tufts and Sexual Violence” (Jezebel)

“We never imagined that this issue would get so much attention when we began working to reform the sexual assault policy and judicial process at our own alma mater, Tufts University, over five years ago.

Then why do we feel so disappointed?”

Read more of this article by Alexandra Flanagan and Phoenix Tso for Jezebel here.

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February 19, 2014

“WATCH: Tenn. Councilman Says He’s Being Recalled Because He’s Gay” (Advocate.com)

“Chris Anderson has filed a lawsuit requesting an injunction to stop the recall effort, reports Chattanooga’s WRCB TV. Anderson contends the effort to oust him from his District 7 seat is discriminatory.”

Read more of this story by Sunnivie Brydum for Advocate.com here.

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February 19, 2014

Much needed reforms to solitary confinement come to NY (Salon.com)

“The agreement comes as a result of the NYCLU’s class-action lawsuit, Peoples v. Fischer, challenging New York’s use of solitary confinement… The NYCLU will now suspend its litigation and two nationally recognized corrections experts will develop recommendations to reform DOCCS’ use of isolation cells, where approximately 3,800 prisoners are locked down daily for 22 to 24 hours as punishment for violating prison rules. This unprecedented agreement reflects a shared commitment by the NYCLU and DOCCS to a collaborative process that will reduce New York’s use of extreme isolation.”

Read more of this article by Natasha Lennard for Salon.com here.

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February 19, 2014

“U.S.-based think tank urges U.S. to respect Venezuela’s sovereignty” (Latino Lista)

“On Sunday evening, February 16, President Maduro announced the expulsion of three U.S. Embassy officials from Venezuela. Maduro’s decision was followed by a statement released on Monday from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Elías Jaua, who declared that the consular officials had 48 hours to vacate the country.

The announcement comes after the U.S. State Department voiced concerns over the growing violence in Caracas with the department spokeswoman, Marie Harf stating on Saturday, ‘We are deeply concerned by rising tensions, by the violence surrounding this February 12 protest and by the issuing of a warrant for the arrest of the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.'”

Read more of this story by Larry Birns and Lauren Foiles for Latino Lista here.

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February 19, 2014

To Be Queer, Black, and “Sick” (Autostraddle)

“It took 19 years for me to see a therapist. I squirmed on an ugly love-seat that looked more comfortable than it felt, surrounded by posters that championed ways to feel happy. I didn’t know where to start when the doctor asked me what was wrong, so I blurted out my laundry list of despair all at once, just put it all out there. When I told the doctor that sometimes life feels too heavy, when I told the doctor that death looked more inviting, she replied, “Nothing’s wrong with you. I think you’ll be okay.” A box of tissues and a plastic smile prescribed to yet another queer Black kid.”

Read more of this piece by Helen for Autostraddle here.

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February 19, 2014

“WATCH: Tenn. Councilman Says He’s Being Recalled Because He’s Gay” (Advocate.com)

“Chris Anderson has filed a lawsuit requesting an injunction to stop the recall effort, reports Chattanooga’s WRCB TV. Anderson contends the effort to oust him from his District 7 seat is discriminatory.”

Read more of this story by Sunnivie Brydum for Advocate.com here.

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February 19, 2014

Closing the literacy achievement gap by ‘re-gifting’ the love of reading (Latino Lista)

“Someday, e-books might be available at a reasonable cost for everybody. But until this happens, I would like to suggest one way we can help close the access-to-books gap. It requires no special funding from the government or the Gates Foundation, no paperwork, and no sacrifice. In fact, we can do it in a way that benefits everybody.

Most middle-class people have extra books in their homes, books they would like to give away. We often do this by donating to Goodwill-type organizations, but there is a problem: there is no way we can ensure that the books get to those who really need or want them.”

Read more of this article by Stephen Krashen for Language Magazine at Latino Lista here.

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February 19, 2014

Guest Voz: If Immigration Reform Ever Passes, It Will Fail (Again) (Latino Lista)

“Although the issue of granting access to the U.S. labor market by foreign nationals is complicated and contentious, the bottom line is that U.S. employers rely on the foreign labor pool, especially from Mexico, to fill many of these types of jobs.”

Read more of this opinion piece by David Swaim for Latina Lista here.

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February 19, 2014

“Democrats Need to Get Specific to Make Obamacare a Winner” (The Daily Beast)

 “The pundits might end up being right after all the votes are counted. But I say the quickest way for Democrats to guarantee that the pundits end up being right is to take their consultants’ advice and pussy-foot around the issue. Democrats who do that will be hoping they sound ‘reasonable,’ but what they’ll really be sounding, and everyone will hear it, is timorous, callow, and totally without conviction. If Democrats are going to say they support the ACA at all—and most of them are going to have to—they might as well do it in a full-throttle and in-your-face way. And they can. The material is there if they just have the onions to use it.”

Read more of this opinion piece by Michael Tomasky for The Daily Beast here.

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February 19, 2014

“Can Thailand’s Prime Minister Cling To Power?” (The Daily Beast)

“Deadly clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Bangkok on Tuesday—the same day that Thailand’s anti-corruption agency decided to bring charges against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra—have raised a critical question: how much longer can the beleaguered premier and her increasingly marginalized government cling to power?”

Read more of this article by Lennox Samuels for The Daily Beast here.

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February 19, 2014

“President Obama’s outreach to young men of color: too little too late?” (theGrio)

“We’re going to pull together private philanthropists, foundations, working with governors and mayors and churches and non-profits and we’re just going to focus on young men of color and find ways in which we can create more pathways to success for them,” Obama said in an interview that aired during the NBA All-Star game on Sunday.

But, the president added, “We’re not going to create some big new government program.”

Read more of this article by Lilly Workneh for theGrio here.

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February 19, 2014

“Michael Dunn, Jordan Davis, and America’s Racist Heritage” (The Daily Beast)

Someone, I figured, was either convinced of Dunn’s fear, or thought he offered a credible account—Davis might have had a gun, and might have tossed it after driving away. And if we’re being honest, it wouldn’t be the first time someone was convinced of the potential criminality of a black victim.

Well, I was wrong. There were three jurors who thought Dunn had “reasonable belief” to fear for his life. They, according to one juror, who spoke to Nightline, believed Dunn had no recourse but to shoot.

Read more of this article by Jamelle Bouie for The Daily Beast here.

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February 19, 2014

“What We Should Learn From Avonté Oquendo’s Death About Anti-Blackness and Education” (Black Girl Dangerous)

“Blackness, in general, is not safe in schools. This is evidenced by recent, yet seemingly eternal, cases of Black students experiencing abuse and mistreatment by school staff and teachers. Black children are often preemptively charged with being “bad”, threatening or defiant and therefore excessively punished. In fact, a recent Department of Education study showed that even though Black students only made up 18% of students enrolled at the sampled school, they represented 39% of the students expelled.”

Read more of this article by Malaka Wilson-Greene for Black Girl Dangerous here.

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February 19, 2014

“Up to Speed: What’s Going on in Ukraine?” (The Daily Beast)

“The bloodiest day in the last three months of Ukrainian demonstrations comes after a truce seemed imminent. What happened? Here’s a cheat sheet to the complex web of money and power politics that got Ukraine to this volatile state.”

Read more of this article by Nina Strochlic here.

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February 19, 2014

“Black Trans Bodies Are Under Attack” (Democracy Now!)

“I very easily could have been CeCe, (McDonald)” Laverne Cox says. “Many times I’ve walked down the street of New York, and I’ve experienced harassment. I was kicked once on the street, and very easily that could have escalated into a situation that CeCe faced, and it’s a situation that too many transwomen of color face all over this country. The act of merely walking down the street is often a contested act, not only from the citizenry, but also from the police.”

Read more of Democracy Now!’s interview with Cece McDonald and Laverne Cox here.

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February 19, 2014

“It’s NOT Black People’s Job To “Look Beyond Race” (ThisIsYourConscience.com)

“As we continued talking, she said something that I have been trying to articulate for years: “I think the new racism is white people telling us to stop focusing so much on race, as if we get some pleasure out of prejudice.” This is what we both refer to as “21st century hate” and/or “liberal racism.” While this type of racist hate is not predicated on outwardly divisive rhetoric, it’s much more damaging because it attempts to erase the story of Blacks altogether. It takes very reasonable and rational claims of prejudice or discrimination, and turns it on its head to make the victim seem like the villain. Its end goal is to make all people from all ethnic groups believe that racism only exists, because we refuse to stop playing the race card and rejoin polite society as equals.”

Read more of this opinion by Lincoln Anthony Blades for ThisIsYourConscience.com here.

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February 18, 2014

People of Color are Losing Their Right to Vote (Democracy Now!)

“Across this country today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans—5.8 million of our fellow citizens—are prohibited from voting because of current or previous felony convictions. That’s more than the individual populations of 31 U.S. states.” Close to 6 million Americans, denied the basic right to vote. Because of the racial disparities in our penal system, African-American and Latino men are vastly disproportionately denied the right to vote. Holder continued, “The current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore—it is also too unjust to tolerate.”

Read more of this column by Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan for Democracy Now! here.

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February 18, 2014

“Black Boy Interrupted: On the Unfinished Life of Jordan Davis” (The Atlantic)

“The face of Trayvon Martin is always with me, trapped in the amber of youth. What is bracing about these regular deaths is how easily I can slot myself into the same circumstance. Follow me in a Jeep, then follow me on foot and we might come to blows. Demand that I turn down my music, at 17, and you might well not like my response. And I do not think this is a fact of black magic, of pathologies, of my culture. I think it is product of 17. I ride the trains in New York and I see boys of all colors who are very loud, because they finally can be, and no one can stop them. I see them and smile, and remember my own days back in Baltimore, my first freedoms, talking shit and being out in the world.”

Read more of Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic here.

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February 18, 2014

“Sex is Not an ‘Economy’ and You Are Not Merchandise” (Jezebel)

“So stop telling me—”family values” traditionalists, shitty rom-coms, and Zales commercials—that it is my biological imperative to trap a complete stranger into a lifelong contract based entirely on how many diamonds he’s willing to buy me with. Stop telling me that when you’re choosing someone to sleep next to every single f****** day until you die, your personalities and goals and aspirations are irrelevant. Stop telling me that my lived experience is “nothing” compared to some numbers cooked up by a repressed bigot with an agenda.”

Read more of Lindy West’s critical critique of the recent circulation of a Youtube video called “The Economics of Sex” here. You can watch “The Economics of Sex” by The Austin Institute below.

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February 18, 2014

“How We Made Our Miracle” (Melissa Harris-Perry for MSNBC)

“My pregnancy with my first daughter was blessedly uneventful; this one, however, was indeed an event. It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family. She gave our daughter love, safety, and nourishment for nine months. On Valentine’s Day, she gave her life and placed her in our arms. Her immediate and extended families have supported all of us along the way. They crowded the hospital room this weekend and shared in our joy. We are all bonded for life and our daughter has a bevy of grandparents, aunties, and siblings tied to her by blood and love.”

Read more of Melissa Harris Perry’s story of her daughter’s birth here.

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February 18, 2014

“U-M Students Hold All-Night Protest Over Minority Enrollment” (CBS Detroit)

“The 12-hour “Speak Out” event is scheduled to begin Tuesday night and run through Wednesday morning. It’s being hosted by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.”

Read this article at CBS Local here.

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February 18, 2014

“Wealthier Neighborhoods Breed Materialistic Residents” (Pacific Standard)

“It appears that individuals who are young, poor, and live around wealth may be most vulnerable to engaging in social comparison with idealized, wealthy individuals, and using their scant resources to accumulate possessions,” they write in the Journal of Consumer Culture…These findings suggest that the financial cues within one’s community may, indeed, signal one’s need to ‘keep up with the Joneses.’”

Learn more about research on this topic and read the full article by Tom Jacobs for Pacific Standard here.

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February 18, 2014

“Libertarians who don’t understand liberty: Why the Kansas anti-gay bill is so absurd” (Salon Mag)

“But as the Shelley case so beautifully attests, this plea is totally incoherent. When you think for a second about what it takes to enforce, for instance, a restaurateur’s decision to kick a wedding party out of a restaurant because they are gay, you realize it is state enforcement action that we are talking about. In reality, Carney is proposing that the state delegate to anti-gay restaurateurs the power to direct the state’s police forces against people solely because those people are gay.”

Read more of this article by Matt Bruenig for Salon.com here.

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February 18, 2014

“American Child Welfare Ruins Lives, Here’s Your Receipt” (Pacific Standard)

“Every year about 25,000 young people age out of federally-mandated child-welfare systems responsible for their care and then disappear into the general population to fend for themselves at an unfairly young age. The concept of “aging out” is best understood as a system failing to find a real solution for a problem it is responsible for. A child is removed from their family and it’s on the system to either resolve the issue that led to their removal or find them a new home. The children who end up aging out are the remainder of a busted equation.”

Read more of this article by Tomas Rios for Pacific Standard here.

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February 17, 2014

“#Dangerousblackkids Hashtag Arises After Michael Dunn’s Trial” (Jezebel)

“Black Twitter mourned the verdict and turned the stereotype on its ear this weekend with the hashtag, #dangerousblackkids started by Jamie Nesbitt Golden, notes the Huffington Post.”

 #dangerousblackkids – Hillary Crosley (Jezebel.com)

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February 17, 2014

“White Men’s Freedoms and Black Men’s Lives”(Sociological Images)

“When George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, I put up a post reviewing a study on stand your ground laws.  The research found that these laws increase the likelihood that a homicide will be considered “justified,” but only in cases where a white person is accused of killing a black person.”

To hear more this data and see the infographics, visit the article here.

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February 17, 2014

“The Average American Overestimates and Fears Racial Diversity” (Pacific Standard)

“Many Americans fear rising diversity. Over half worry that more minorities means fewer jobs, nearly half think that it means more crime, and almost two-thirds think these groups strain social services. If people think that minorities are bad for America and overestimate their prevalence, they may be more likely to support draconian and punishing policy designed to minimize their numbers or mitigate the consequences they are believed to bring.”

Read more and view infographics here.

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February 17, 2014

“10 THINGS I LEARNED AFTER AMERICA LEARNED ABOUT ME” BY RICHARD SHERMAN (THE MMQB)

“4. I’m lucky to have detractors. You have to take a step back and understand that you’re playing a game and the people who say disparaging things online and on television are trying to take you off that game. I’ve had my fair share of controversial moments and backlash and critics, and I’ve learned not to take it personally. That’s the only way you can look at it. You have to accept it and not have a negative attitude. I appreciate them because they’re so passionate as fans.”

Read more of Richard Sherman’s take on the media’s representation of his character at The MMBQ with Peter King.

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February 17, 2014

#BBGU, #BLGU, #BAGU, #BDGU – THE BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT?

“Spurred on by the outpouring of dialogue the hashtag triggered, the BSU began using the hashtag as an organizing tool, then returned to the university in the new year with seven demands to improve the campus climate.”

When a Hashtag Sparks More Than a Dialogue – Julianne Hing (COLORLINES.COM)

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