Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class

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Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class “Structural racism” has become a buzzword in white progressive circles. But every time I push a white writer to break down the meaning behind the words without success, or I see a Black Lives Matter sign in an apartment window in a gentrified neighborhood where … Continue reading Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees. Desperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don’t want to accept them. They worry that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don’t see the refugee … Continue reading International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Coretta Scott King’s Lost Letter to the US Senate

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The lost letter from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s widow opposing Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship in 1986 has been found, and it’s a doozy.. “The irony of Mr. Sessions’ nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with … Continue reading Coretta Scott King’s Lost Letter to the US Senate

Action Alert: Reject Dangerous Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

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Anti-Muslim rhetoric currently receives widespread media coverage. In the face of a massive refugee crisis and growing instability across the Middle East and North Africa, the public discourse often eschews nuanced distinctions about extremism and misappropriation of violence and instead takes the form of broader attacks on Islam. Distinguishing between Muslims and radical Islamic terrorist … Continue reading Action Alert: Reject Dangerous Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Despotism. It can’t happen here, right?

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“An elective despotism is not the government we fought for” Thomas Jefferson The two chief characteristics of despotism — restricted respect and concentrated power — are defined and illustrated in this short 1946 film from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Two of the conditions which have historically promoted the growth of despotism are explained and exemplified. These are … Continue reading Despotism. It can’t happen here, right?