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The Obamas, Race and Slights

nytimes.com — The president and the first lady added their voices this week to the raging conversation on race following the protests that erupted in the wake of grand juries not indicting police officers who killed two unarmed black men - Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In an interview with People magazine, Mrs.

America, Who Are We?

nytimes.com — Last week I spoke at a seminary and graduate school in New York about the protests following the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. It was invigorating and inspiring to be among so many young people with so much passion about social justice, young people beginning to feel their power as change agents and brimming to exercise it by disrupting the status quo.

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This Is Your Moment

nytimes.com — I was born in 1970, on the heels of the civil rights movement. I didn't witness my parents' struggles and their parents' struggles before them. What I knew of darker days I learned in school, read in books or saw on television. Therefore, as a matter of circumstance, there existed a space between that reality and me.

From Eric Garner and Michael Brown to the Ballot Box

nytimes.com — There seems to be a new age of activism rising. From Occupy Wall Street, to the "Stop Watching Us" march against government surveillance, to the Moral Monday protests, to the People's Climate March, to the recent nationwide protests over the killings of men and boys of color by police, there is obviously a discontent in this country that is pouring into the streets.

First Michael Brown, Now Eric Garner

nytimes.com — At some point between the moment a Missouri grand jury refused to indict a police officer who had shot and killed Michael Brown on a Ferguson street and the moment a New York grand jury refused to indict a police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk - on video, as he struggled to utter the words, "I can't breathe!"

Crime and Punishment

nytimes.com — One thing the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., has sent back to the surface is just how difficult it is to have cross-racial discussions about crime and punishment in this country.

Fury After Ferguson

nytimes.com — The reaction to the failure of the grand jury to indict in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, touched something deep and ancient and anguished in the black community. Yes, on one level, the reaction was about the particulars of this case.

Bigger Than Immigration

nytimes.com — Don't let yourself get lost in the weeds. Don't allow yourself to believe that opposition to President Obama's executive actions on immigration is only about that issue, the president's tactics, or his lack of obsequiousness to his detractors. This hostility and animosity toward this president is, in fact, larger than this president.

The Solid South Will Rise Again

nytimes.com — Democrats have abandoned Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is in a tough runoff election. (Tough is the mild way of putting it. Polls show her down by double digits to her Republican opponent.) Not only has the Democratic Party pulled its financial support for her campaign, but this week Senate Democrats refused to rally around her push for passage of the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
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Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

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