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    #WhitePrivilegeReflex, Redux

    How do you manage to speak with any real authority on something you’ve been conditioned to believe doesn’t exist for most of your natural life? This is the question I ask myself whenever I get into the weeds over discussions of white privilege. Even as someone who’s come a long way in understanding his own…

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    SNAP Cuts vs. Better Wages: A White Privilege Prophecy

    “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best [black] man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” -Lyndon B. Johnson Johnson’s truism about white privilege is the closest thing I can find to an American…

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    Sherman, Beiber, and the White Privilege Reflex

    Even after two solid years of blogging and activism, I find myself reminded from time to time that, as a white man, I will forever deal with racism and discrimination in the abstract. I can’t deny my gratitude for this; to do so would negate precisely why I have the energy and the empathy to…

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    What You Should Know: The Voting Rights Act Amendment

    June 25th, 2013 was a dark day for American politics. To the dismay of millions, the Supreme Court essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a ruling over a little-known court case called Shelby County vs. Holder. Their decision involved nullifying the most effective component of the Act – the federal pre-clearance requirement…

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    U.S. ‘Business As Usual’ Could Lead To Peace With Iran And Syria

    Next week, two momentous occasions in Middle Eastern affairs will take place: President’s Obama’s long-negotiated sanctions deal with Iran takes effect on Monday, and on Wednesday, the Geneva II peace conference begins in Switzerland, where Syria’s opposing forces will come together to begin negotiating an end to hostilities and the building of a transitional government….

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    ICYMI: Marco Rubio wants to “State’s Rights” the War On Poverty

    The subject of poverty has once again (thankfully) made its way back into the national spotlight, as the nation commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of former president Lyndon Johnson’s “War On Poverty.” Johnson and his administration were responsible for creating many critical social welfare initiatives that millions of Americans still rely upon today, including Medicare, Medicaid,…

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    A Weed Quota? Seriously?

    On Monday’s episode of The Majority Report With Sam Seder, UCLA public policy professor Mark Kleiman was interviewed about the pros and cons of marijuana legalization, and the future of the practice in Colorado, Washington, and beyond. Kleiman, to his credit, tackled the negative repercussions of legalization from a standpoint far more economic and academic…

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    The DARPA Robotics Challenge, Where Beauty Meets The Beast (And Mankind Meets Its Fate)

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known to the world as DARPA (the folks that brought you GPS and the Internet), is currently hosting the DARPA Robotics challenge in Miami, Florida. According to the DRC website, “Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating…

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    Zimmerman Got Arrested With A ‘Stockpile’, Or Something

    So George Zimmerman got arrested. AGAIN. *sigh* According to TMZ, police seized a ‘stockpile‘ of five guns from his home, along with over one hundred rounds of ammunition. Apparently, they seized a pocket knife and a ‘religious pendant’ as well; why TMZ felt the need to relay that information is anybody’s guess. When I first…

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    Two Years After U.S. Occupation, Iraq Is The New Thunderdome

    This Veteran’s Day will be the second since the Iraq war ended in 2011. For millions of American veterans and civilians alike, the spectre and shame of that terrible war still looms over them to this very day. For the people of Iraq, the aftermath of our occupation is still a daily nightmare, a place…

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