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My Murdered Cousin Had a Name

nytimes.com — Friday, for me, was a bit surreal. As America was celebrating the victory of marriage equality at the Supreme Court, it was also mourning black people in South Carolina murdered by a white supremacist. All the while I thought about a cousin of mine who was murdered years ago.

Confederate Flags and Institutional Racism

nytimes.com — In the wake of the Charleston massacre, there is a rapidly growing consensus sweeping the country to remove the Confederate flag, a relic of racial divisiveness, from civic spaces. Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has called for its removal from the grounds of that state's capitol.

Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist

blow.blogs.nytimes.com — A day after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's widely ripped Howdy Doody-meets-Mister Rogers response to President Obama's address, Max Blumenthal piled it on with an interesting article on The Daily Beast reiterating some things not widely known about the "Bayou's boy wonder."

Charles M. Blow: Jeb Bush and single mothers

post-gazette.com — Last week, Jeb Bush was asked to answer for a passage from his book from two decades ago, "Profiles in Character," in a chapter titled "The Restoration of Shame," in which he blamed the "irresponsible conduct" of births to unmarried women on a flagging sense of community ridicule and shaming.

In Charleston, a Millennial Race Terrorist

nytimes.com — "You don't have to do this," said Tywanza Sanders to the young man who suddenly rose and drew a gun, and according to witnesses, said he was there "to shoot black people." He had been sitting in the Bible study session at Charleston, S.C.'s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for an hour, next to the pastor, debating scripture.

Remembrances of My Father

nytimes.com — Occasionally, without warning, the drunken wreckage of my father would wash up on our doorstep, late at night, stammering, laughing, reeking of booze. Bang! Bang! Bang! Beating on the door, pleading to my mother to open it. "These my boys just like they is yours!"

The Delusions of Dolezal

nytimes.com — Rachel Dolezal, a woman with no known black heritage, has apparently, through an elaborate scheme of deception and denial, claimed for years to be a product of black heritage. This has sparked a national conversation about how race is constructed and enforced, to what extent it is cultural and experiential, and whether it is mutable and adoptable.

Of Donald, Dunces and Dogma

nytimes.com — I told myself that I wouldn't be dragged into Donald Trump's "birther" cesspool, yet here I am. It became too much to ignore when he climbed to the top of the Republicans' admittedly weak field of presidential contenders and serious minds began to suggest that there was some virtue in his opportunistic vicissitudes about the president and his policy.

Jeb Bush and Single Mothers

nytimes.com — Last week, Jeb Bush was asked to answer for a passage from his book from two decades ago, "Profiles in Character," in a chapter titled "The Restoration of Shame," in which he blamed the "irresponsible conduct" of births to unmarried women on a flagging sense of community ridicule and shaming.

Black Dads Are Doing Best of All

nytimes.com — One of the most persistent statistical bludgeons of people who want to blame black people for any injustice or inequity they encounter is this: According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), in 2013 in nearly 72 percent of births to non-Hispanic black women, the mothers were unmarried.
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Jul 02, 2015

RT @ZekeJMiller: Sanders camp: 99% of the almost 400,000 contributions by some 250,000 individuals were for $250 or less. The average donation was $33.51.

Jul 02, 2015

RT @TPM: Third federal court formally strikes down Louisiana's gay marriage ban bit.ly/1CdLgUF pic.twitter.com/OMkimZwPJJ

Jul 02, 2015

I will say this: Clinton has her passionate, die hard supporters, but she will need to stoke more popular enthusiasm...

Jul 02, 2015

News is news, particularly this far out from an election. Big crowds *are* noteworthy, so is significant movement in polls...

Jul 02, 2015

It is also fascinating to see Clinton supporters take such umbrage at any mention of Bernie Sanders.... #hmmm

Jul 02, 2015

This is just fascinating ---> Bernie Sanders Gaining on Hillary Clinton in Iowa, Poll Shows nyti.ms/1JAY7jo via @NYTPolitics

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