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It’s Messed Up for Democrats to Use the No Fly List to Push For Gun Laws

And Republicans pushing back by citing due process after years trying to squelch it is no less hypocritical By Trevor Timm | Originally Published at The Guardian and Observer. December 5, 2015 05.00 EST | Photographic Credit; Let’s not pretend Republicans suddenly care about the due [...]

2.7 Million Kids Have Parents in Prison. They’re Losing Their Right to Visit

My small feet thump the concrete as I hurry toward the door. My four older brothers trail closely behind. Upon entering, we disappear into the apartment and excitedly explore every corner. We peek out the window at our new playmates. By morning, the scent of [...]

Rahm Emanuel Urged Calm with No Offer To Fix Chicago’s Underlying Problems

By Mikki Kendall | Originally Published at The Guardian and Observer. November 25, 2015 The mayor said he didn’t see the Laquan McDonald shooting video before its public release, but that doesn’t absolve him from leadership on this – or anything else Chicago Mayor: ‘I understand [...]

Our Prisons in Black and White

After swelling for decades, the number of Americans in prison is finally, gradually beginning to shrink. For the first time since 1978, populations in both state and federal prisons are getting smaller, the result of an overall decline in crime, an easing of the War [...]

When School Feels Like Jail

Rockmon Montrell “Rock” Allen, an 18-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, has never gone to jail. But school, he says, was close enough. At Ridgeland High School, a large public school in an increasingly black suburb of Jackson, he was punished repeatedly for what seemed like minor [...]

The Harsh Treatment of Black Girls in the South’s Public Schools; An Index

The brutal arrest of a student in a South Carolina classroom in the last week of October 2015 has sparked outrage over the treatment of Black girls in public schools across the South. An Index of the History By Sue Sturgis | Originally Published [...]

Why White Parents Won’t Choose Black Schools

By Abby Norman | Originally Published at Huffington Post. October 15, 2015 8:55 AM EDT Updated: October 22, 2015 3:59 PM EDT | Photographic Credit; Six Black students attempted to enter North Little Rock High School, part of a segregated district in September 9, 1957. Decades later, [...]

Why the Left Isn’t Talking About Rural American Poverty

Within the popular American conscience—arguably a close reflection of the mainstream media—there are two favored focal points for discussing the problem of poverty. The first is within the urban, inner city context—often conflated with black poverty—which has held a critical role in American political and [...]

Fear Lies at the Heart of Opposition to ‘Political Correctness’

By Rebecca Carroll | Originally Published at Guardian and Observer. October 22 , 2015 12.45 EDT | Photographic Credit; Toni Morrison on Political Correctness. "What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define,,," AngertAesthetics There is a theory [...]