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Who’s Responsible for Mass Incarceration?

In News & Politics by JosieLeave a Comment

Two major articles by criminal justice experts last week roundly criticized Hillary Clinton for her support of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Both pieces are brilliant— I suggest you read them— and I fundamentally agree with their analysis of how the Clinton administration's use of tough-on-crime rhetoric perpetuated the demonization…

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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.”…

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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…

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Low Post-Blackness: Race and the Status of the NBA

In Sports by B.Gram3 Comments

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is a big game hunter. His next target? The NFL. As Silver’s first full season as commissioner comes to an end he is undoubtedly still floating on cloud nine from the NBA’s new TV deal that will yield the league more than $2 billion annually, as well as the league’s new…