Just 1 in 5 Black and Hispanic students in New York City are "college ready" after four years of high school. 235,000 kids go to schools where 100% of the students qualify for free lunch. 1/2 of schools have 12 or fewer white students. These are just a handful of statistics from the New York City Department of Education that are listed on the #TeensTakeCharge website explaining why the organization…Continue
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This past weekend, hundreds gathered in Pretoria to make one huge statement against violence against women and children. Operating as a group called #NotInMyName, these protestors—most of which are men—followed a woman symbolically dressed in white through Pretoria to take a stand against the violence they’ve enabled or ignored for too long. "The time to take collective responsibility for our shameful action is now," protestor Kholofelo Masha told AlJazeera.…Continue
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I am a non-voter who has the audacity to still be upset that my people are dying. I have been told innumerable times that I am not supposed to be allowed this. “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain” is perhaps the most common non-voter shaming refrain I’ve heard, right up there with “your ancestors died for the right to vote.”
But I am not generally one to accept what society allows me to do as gospel.
I learned this from those very same ancestors,…
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On Thursday, the Trump administration finally made significant progress on one of their biggest and worst campaign promises: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. After a similar bill's high-profile defeat in March, this time Republicans in the House succeeded in patching together enough votes to dismantle the foundations of Obamacare, with twenty GOP lawmakers joining the full caucus…Continue
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Yesterday, we wrote about how Barack Obama is held to a different standard than his predecessors and successor in large part due to anti-Blackness. This is undeniably true, and some of this anti-Blackness was evident in the response to…Continue
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For some naively optimistic reasons, I find myself once again surprised and disgusted by the hypocritical anti-black criticisms over former President Obama’s paid speaking engagements that are being made by media outlets and politicians like Sen.…Continue
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After signing a petition against racist/xenophobic/Islamophobic/Holocaust-denier adjacent French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, French TV host Audrey Pulvar has been suspended from her job until after the election. Pulvar, who hosts the CNews show “The Grand…Continue
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It really, finally, truly set in earlier this month when Attorney General Jefferson Sessions set his focus on police reform and the agreements reached between the Department of Justice’s Civil Right’s division and local police departments, 14 agreements that were made following 25 investigations into these departments, during the Obama administration.
On several recent occasions, the AG has made startling statements about crime and violence in America.…
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Fox New Golden Boy, Bill O’Reilly was ousted by the network yesterday, not after years of more than a dozen of sexual harassment allegations and subsequent payouts, but after of O’Reilly’s national sponsors pulled ads from his show after it became apparent that the allegations were far from over and pressure from the public grew.
During the two decades that O’Reilly worked for the network, allegations of harassment and abuse had been rumored, but…
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It's no secret that adult prisons can be brutal places, even for the toughest of criminals. And in two states–New York and North Carolina–16 and 17-year-old are automatically charged as adults, meaning children are regularly forced into these hotbeds of violence for years on end.
But on Sunday, New York took the first steps…
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It’s cute that politicians across the country are taking up the very real and very serious opioid addiction epidemic that’s taking place in rural and suburban white communities, but I can’t help but feel confused and overlooked by the fact black communities have been suffering because of drug abuse for decades.
Over the weekend, I heard a white politician from somewhere refer to drug addiction as “drug misuse”. My jaw almost hit the floor. Drug…misuse. “Oops, I’m…
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People voted for Trump for a lot of reasons. Maybe it was in desperation to reclaim that super dangerous coal mining job that disappeared a decade ago, or the desire to “shake up Washington”. Whatever delusional or self-destructive bullshit those folks told themselves, it’s pretty clear—considering the rhetoric—that Trump voters are either flat out racist or completely apathetic to racism. Not only did Trump supports chant, cheer, and ultimately reward, the most racist…Continue
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On Thursday, President Cheeto released a $1.1 trillion budget outline that pays for another $54 billion in military spending by eliminating or cutting dozens of crucial programs that have long been Republican punching bags. Proposed reductions include a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, a 20 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health, and full defunding of…Continue
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Detroit native and contemporary artist & curator Ingrid LaFleur has thrown her hat in the race for the mayoral race in her hometown. After spending over a decade traveling the world and engaging in the contemporary arts community, LaFleur aims to apply what she’s learned through her unique experiences, creativity, and background to leadership. “I have experienced all of the beauty and challenges in Detroit on an intimate level,” LaFleur told…Continue
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You know that one uncle you always try to avoid at every family gathering? No, not the embarrassingly drunk one who just makes you uncomfortable but is relatively harmless. That one you still love. I'm talking about the other one. The one you hate. The one your aunt Gloria didn't invite to the cookout but he still found out anyway and so she had to pretend it was just a mistake, but everyone knows she's lying.
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