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Race & Racism

91% of D.C. Marijuana Charges Are Filed Against Blacks, Only 6% Against Whites

One of the bright spots of  the 2012 election cycle for  liberals, especially black liberals, was the success of marijuana legalization efforts in Washington and Colorado. Black legalization advocates weren’t

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American Exceptionalism: More Than 20% of African-Americans Too Broke For a Bank Account

While the White House continues to frame the current economic recovery as a slow but certain upward swing, there are other indicators which foretell a much more anemic recovery than

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Discussions on Race Don’t Matter

From Reniqua Allen’s piece, The First Black President Has Made it Harder to Talk About Race: Right now the nation has embarked on a massive conversation about race surrounding the

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Who Was Derrick Bell?

He was a man who made the case that racism is 1) Real 2) Permanent. Yeah, that guy’s crazier. He is, obviously, crazier than the wingnuts who posit that President

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Teju Cole Gets It Right..

As a blogger / journalist / whatever, sometimes your job is more about amplifying than chiming in. On the Ugandan viral video, I cosign Teju Cole:

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On Patriotism: Black History Month vs. African AMERICAN History Month

African Americans have been more patriotic than I think anyone would’ve predicted given our history in this country. My dad flew Old Glory out in front of our house for

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A Burning House: MLK Revisited…

I spent most of yesterday thinking about this clip, posted on my feed by a Facebook friend. Forgive the bit of snakeoilsmanship at the end of the interview, it wasn’t

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poets gone wild: Rita Dove excoriates Helen Vendler

I have’t seen beef like this since Nas summarily squashed Jay-Z on “Ether”.  In this instance, poet and writer Rita Dove chews Helen Vendler into bite sized chunks and purges

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Ron Paul and race (cont’d)

As candidate Ron Paul turns up the heat in Iowa, I see, rather predictably, that mainstream writers are turning up the heat on Ron Paul (see here, here, andhere). At issue now

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Ron Paul and race

I hear a lot of people ratcheting up the rhetoric on Ron Paul and race.  For the most part, I get it. Ron Paul has said a lot of things

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