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March 19, 2018

Civil Rights

Douglass-Hayes and Ironies of Reconstruction

On this day in 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes appoints abolitionist, orator, statesman and escaped slave Frederick Douglass to the post of US Marshal for the District of Columbia. As such, Douglass became the first African American ever confirmed for any Presidential appointment by the US Senate. Though President Hayes knew Douglass, valued and respected

Feudal America

This month’s Atlantic Magazine has a depressing little article about how the idea of America—the set of beliefs that animated people like Whitman, Emerson, and Thoreau—appears to be disappearing with each passing generation, leaving only a dry husk of nationalism, racism, and xenophobia in its place. According to the article, on a scale of 1-10,

Bruce Bartlett Is Right

Never let it be said that Bruce Bartlett leaves anything in the bullpen. When it comes to speaking his mind, the word ambiguity is NOT in his vocabulary. Monday afternoon, Bartlett posted the following on Facebook: “There is no longer any doubt–ALL (100%) of Trump supporters are racists. If you don’t like it, fuck you.”


We have become unhinged. I don’t mean “crazy,” though perhaps we are crazy. We certainly think other people are crazy. Them. The other side. And it’s the other-side-ness I’m talking about when I say we are unhinged. Unhinged. We’ve always taken sides in political arguments, right from Day One, but the two sides used to

Guest Contribution: 2016: The Year in Antiblack Violence

The following guest contribution focusing on the epidemic of antiblack violence and police shootings as we approach the 5 year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was written by Jamal Mtshali, and is an excerpt from his book Last in Line: An American Destiny Deferred. More information about the author and his book

Today in America

I have a 5 year old daughter being raised to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Today, America said that bullying, arrogance and a lack of respect is acceptable. I have sisters, a girlfriend, aunts, cousins, friends and other women in my life. Today, America said that it is acceptable for them to be objectified,

Susan Sarandon and Her White Purity Flounce

Yesterday actress cum political activist Susan Sarandon took a field trip to the Democratic National Convention where, instead of making herself useful by doing something – anything – to stop the incoming surge of Trump and his Trumpettes, she gave a great show of her distaste for the proceedings. Sarandon made her feelings so obvious

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