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Ferguson: Perception Became Reality

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About ten days ago, I was sitting in my friend’s computer store when a black kid, maybe 20 years old, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, walked in. He strolled past the cellphone accessories display and rows of computers renting by the hour towards the service counter. Before he could get there, one of the…
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What, Me Worry?

“Ebola! Is the Deadly African Virus Coming For YOU? Uh, probably not. Not if you live in the United States and don’t, say, fly to Nigeria searching for carriers and then inducing them to bleed or vomit on you. Otherwise, you’re pretty safe. But don’t let that stop you from panicking! And tweeting about how…
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Respect the Person, Not the Logo: The Psychological Effects of Racist Symbols in Sports

According to a 2001 poll of Native Americans in the United States conducted by Indian Country Today, a Native American community news source, 81 percent of respondents indicated that the use of American Indian names, symbols, and mascots are “predominantly offensive and deeply disparaging to Native Americans.” “Indian mascots, by today’s standards, would be offensive…
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Crusading Against Admission Criteria: How New York’s Mayor Wants to Change the Public School System

New York may be the City That Never Sleeps but an afternoon nap every now and then wouldn’t hurt. After three terms with Michael Bloomberg as Mayor, the city lived up to its reputation as bright blue by electing Bill DiBlasio, a distinctly liberal Democrat. One of the Mayor’s first moves proposed a tax on…
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Religiously Indifferent: How My Parents Raised Me in a Culture Obsessed with Ideology

It seems we Americans are increasingly obsessed with ideology. Everything from our television programs to social media networks is screened through our preferred belief systems. The desire to be challenged has been largely dismissed by the general American populace, preferring the agreeable to anything remotely intellectually stimulating. Russell Brand on his pledge against voting? No…
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