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Hey, Negroes. We’re kinda like a big deal. At least, according to The Root. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You’re far too kind. Hold your applause. This is your blog, not mine. And now for more of what you all love: 1. President Obama refuses to protect our borders, complete an electric fence with Read More

The girl punched in the face by an officer in Seattle has apologized. One of the frustrating things about how incidents like this play out is how rarely anyone in the situation apologizes, or has anything explained to them. Many people operate under misunderstandings on how policing works, and it’s pretty rare for anyone to Read More

Bassey Ikpi on Ron Artest‘s shout-out to his therapist after the Lakers clinched the title yesterday: Shouldn’t this man be praised for getting the help that he obviously needed? Why is he being mocked and made the brunt of jokes? Was the shout out unexpected? Yes. But it should not be shamed. The amount of Read More

I wrote a post for Ta-Nehisi earlier this week that got a lot of discussion and was even picked up by Andrew Sullivan. I’m excited about it not just because my name was all over the innanets for a day, but because it drew attention to something that people don’t talk about widely enough: street Read More

So, I hate police brutality as much as the next person, but over at TAPPED today I tried to lay out the scenarios in which cops can use force. The fact is they can. If someone resists arrest or become physically violent, officers can use force to get them under control and make the arrest. Read More

When critics of standardized testing talk about how such tests are culturally biased, there’s a tendency to dismiss that concern as a bunch of p.c. claptrap. But what tests do is measure how well kids get the mechanics of the task; they’re actually not all that useful as gauges of whether  kids understand what they’re Read More

Cross-posted from TAPPED. Obama’s speech on the BP Gulf oil spill yesterday combined the best of Obama. He retold the story of the workers who lost their lives in the explosion, he appealed to our reason by making a case for his technocratic administration while acknowledging the limits of our technical abilities, and he painted Read More

Yes, yes they are. Without going into details that might embarrass people I kinda know, the line “You’re just giving birth now/You’re not mother earth now/Now that you’re pregnant,” well, it really spoke to me.

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