Opinion

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Charleston, the Republican right, and the lessons of Martin Luther King

Few people are claiming that there was anything random or mysterious about the brutal murder of nine innocent African American people in Charleston.

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Mayors hear biased view of California court decision vs. teacher tenure

There is an answer to public education's poor performance: money; we will have to pay for it, just as we pay for a massive military budget.

 

 

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A monumental contradiction

Washington, D.C., memorials invariably quote some of the masterpieces of our heritage, a reminder of the values that ground the American experiment in democracy.

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Obama uses N-Word to make point about not using N-Word?

It is a matter of recognizing and struggling against racism in all of its various forms, particularly its institutional features.

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A second look at FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights”

In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, preparing to run for a fourth term, proposed a "Second Bill of Rights" for post World War II U.S.

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Freddie Gray, burning Baltimore and constitutional rights

While in police custody, Freddie Gray's spine was "80 percent severed at the neck."

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Judge recognizes personhood of chimpanzee plaintiff

A large variety of species show a propensity for mutually supportive social behavior, few more than chimpanzees and other apes and monkeys.

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Indigenous people walk off set of Adam Sandler film "Ridiculous Six"

Reducing a whole group of people down to stereotypes further dehumanizes Native people.

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Indiana "religious freedom" bill: bad for state and my family

"It appalls me that our legislators used my tax dollars to create, lobby for, and now defend a law that opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians."

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Selma, then and now: reflections on an American story

Selma 1965 represents the worst and best of America: our home-grown terrorism and abuses of power, AND the immense courage and persistence that can bring about change.

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