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Are Anti-Poverty Programs Really Substitutes for Reparations?

In News & Politics by fivefifths3 Comments

Racial inequality and economic inequality are not synonyms. That premise is the foundation behind an intellectual skirmish between The Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates and other commentators about Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ stance (or lack thereof) on reparations for black people. What follows here is not a rehashing of that debate--that has been handled capably by…

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Or, Can She?

In News & Politics by fivefifths2 Comments

“We need to take these people on. They are often connected to drug cartels. They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called 'super-predators.' No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about how they got that way but first we have to bring them to heel.”…

The First Year without Tamir

In Social Justice by fivefifthsLeave a Comment

Tamir Rice is not a martyr.   He did not die, one year ago, as another noble name on a list of noble names. While the year after his death has featured sustained cries for justice in his name and while his name has become a part of the litany that we now recite like…

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Black Genes Matter: Why BRCA Mutations Are Not Just A White Woman’s Problem

In Health, Social Justice by Erika StallingsLeave a Comment

Is breast cancer a white women’s issue? At least for cancers with a genetic component,((A BRCA mutation is a mutation in either of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which are tumor suppressor genes. Individuals with a mutation in either gene have a significantly increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer.)) a good portion of perception…

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The NFL’s War on The Black Body

In Culture, Social Justice, Sports by Hanif Willis-AbdurraqibLeave a Comment

Ohioans have dueling misery on either side of the state: In Cleveland, the Browns serve as unapologetic harbingers of misery each year. In Cincinnati, the Bengals drag fans slowly through a bright and promising season before dashing dreams during the playoffs. As an NFL fan and loyal Ohioan, I am familiar with both extremes of…

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The Other Side of the New Jim Crow: Students With Incarcerated Parents

In Education, News & Politics by Kathy Pierre2 Comments

Soaring incarceration rates have left their mark on the Black community, destroying the lives of many Black men and women and weakening neighborhood cohesion and voting power. Many stories of imprisonment start with a predictable history of a father or mother who was also imprisoned. But one of the underreported populations affected by parental incarceration…

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Straw Freshmen: Why the War on Campus PC Culture is Bullshit

In Culture, Education by fivefifths3 Comments

PC culture. It’s the new evil gripping the millennials of this country, coddling all of our college students so they become unquestioning, reactive drones; social justice warriors who put their icky feelings above everything else, whine over perceived microaggressions, and shout down and sue everyone who disagrees with them. They label anything remotely offensive as…

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Movement Generations: On Julian Bond

In News & Politics, Social Justice, Uncategorized by Josie1 Comment

It is universally acknowledged that political and civil rights are hollow [without] economic rights, that economic and social rights without political and civil rights still may constitute slavery. And so, our struggle goes on…The struggle for political, economic, and cultural selfhood and emancipation. The struggle of all the ex-colonialists against all the ex-imperialists.” The old…