Voting My Green Conscience

DNC treatment of Sanders at issue in emails leaked to Wikilinks (CNN) DNC emails: Wasserman Schultz furiously pressured MSNBC after it criticized her “unfair” treatment of Sanders (salon.com) The Green Party Responds to Dan Savage, Says He’s “Dead Wrong” (Portland Mercury) In the days following the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting that left fifty dead last month, one of the more poignant figures to emerge as some of us tried to make sense of the tragedy (while others just tried triangulating different minority groups so they…

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Making the Pain Invisible

Escalating Discord Between Police and Protesters Strains Baton Rouge (New York Times) Police Scanner Audio Surfaces Proving Philando Castile Was Racially Profiled (BET.com) After Republicans took back control of the House of Representatives following the 2010 “red tide” midterm elections, they were quick to show the extremes to which they would go in order to get their way. Just a couple of years after conservative talking heads were promoting the concept of then-President Bush having near-total power under the guise of “unitary executive” theory, they…

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Putting the Ass in Assumption

Benghazi conspiracy theorists turn on Trey Gowdy (Washington Post) What was AG Loretta Lynch thinking? (All In with Chris Hayes) One of the more difficult concepts that some of my students have when it comes to forming arguments is the concept of unconscious bias, the realization that as hard as they work to not be biased as they conduct their research and come to the conclusions they’ll be writing up in their papers, there will always be biases that can slip into their writing and editing…

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The Triumph of Bracism

A sharp spike in racist incidents reported after the Brexit vote (Washington Post) 10 Injured During White Nationalist Rally in California Capitol (NBC News) The 1972 Democratic presidential primaries were historic for a number of reasons. First of all, 1972 was the first year where every state held a primary or caucus, in order to quell concerns over a repeat of 1968’s infamous Chicago convention where Democratic party bosses forced a pro-Vietnam War candidate on a very anti-war party and violent protests ensued. The Democratic…

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Refusing to Break, Refusing to Hate

Divide and Conquer? Trump Fails to Split Gays, Muslims After Orlando Terror (yamazaj.com) I’ve gotten in the habit of drafting these blogs on Friday nights, while one of my favourite public radio shows is playing, and then revising what I wrote over the weekend before posting it on Monday. A couple of Fridays ago I drafted a long blog about a bombing at a Target restroom in Illinois that had just happened a couple of days earlier. Writing about that was kind of risky, because at the…

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