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Affirmative Whiteness

In Education by Donald Earl CollinsLeave a Comment

For now, race-based affirmative action in US higher education remains constitutional, as the Supreme Court ruled in June via Fisher v. University of Texas II. Still, one fact remains evident: for many Americans, the idea of any Black applicant being more qualified to attend any predominantly White university than any White applicant is simply inconceivable.…

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The Tyranny of the P.C. Police

In Education by Samuel EllisonLeave a Comment

A few months ago, Wesley Morris, deemed 2015 “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity”. Morris, one of the foremost Black culture critics writing today, argued that last year our culture was confronted with identity and its intersections in ways that we are not yet accustomed to. A more accurate characterization might be that we have…

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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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“It’s Not Even Surprising Anymore”: Middle School Students React to Police Brutality

In Education by Clara Totenberg GreenLeave a Comment

Editor's Note: This gallery is a complimentary piece to Clara Green's article "The True Crime" about the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. Five days after the school year started in Atlanta, Georgia, Mike Brown lay dead in a Ferguson street. I had just started teaching middle school social studies in a Title I. school with a…