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Recy Taylor died yesterday at the age of 97. Taylor, a black Alabama sharecropper, was gang-raped by six white men in 1944. White men sexually assaulting black women with impunity was a particularly cruel feature of Jim Crow’s power dynamics, and Taylor was one of countless black women who suffered such trauma. As did many […]

Homeless in America

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On December 28, 2017

While I hope that everyone is having a reasonably pleasant holiday season, it’s worth remembering that this is an awful time of the year for the (at least) hundreds of thousands of people who li

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#TakeEmDown901

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On December 20, 2017
Today was obviously a day filled with bad news. But here’s something good: The Memphis City Council unanimously voted today to approve an ordinance for the immediate removal of both Nathan Bedford Forest and Jefferson Davis monuments from public parks. After the third and final of the ordinance and the subsequent vote, council then moved […]
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Carli Brosseau and Rebecca Woolington did important investigative work for The Oregonian on the failures of Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to hold police officers accountable for their actions. (I don’t think it matters, but in the interest of disclosure, I spoke with Brosseau about my own research while she and Woolington were doing theirs.) Their […]

On West on Coates

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On December 17, 2017

Leftist criticisms of Ta-Nehisi Coates have become their own weird cottage industry in the last year or so. Cornel West has been part of the genre, and today published a blistering attack on Coates i

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A Jury of Their Peers

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On December 11, 2017
Racist terrorists in Kansas have invoked their right to a jury of their peers: Three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees asked a federal judge Friday to include prospective jurors from rural western Kansas because they are twice as likely to have voted for President Donald Trump. […]
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