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Hiding Under The Covers Will Not Make the Specter Disappear

Jamelle Bouie recently highlighted a quote from Justice Kennedy that reveals a viewpoint that’s regretfully all too common when people look to avoid the hard work of grappling with the legacy and continued effects of racism.

This line of though was proffered in the recent Supreme Court ruling that it’s constitutional for Michigan to ban affirmative action while keeping policies such as legacy admissions intact.

This self-assurance that racism will naturally die out due to interracial relationships should be obviously ridiculous on it’s face and yet it’s an idea that a plurality if not a majority of Americans hold. As Mr. Bouie pointed out on twitter it ignores the persistent racial segregation seen in the United States today. Even when physical separation isn’t a factor studies have shown that we recreate the racial hierarchy online as well. 

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"Pride got you acting like Ty Dolla $ign when you really feel like Toro Y Moi"

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Not Too Much Though (or How Far Can Democrats Distance Themselves From Obama without Alienating Black Voters)

As we get closer to the mid-term elections one of the decisions Democrats are having to make is whether or not it’s good politics to distance themselves from President Obama. Facing re-election in red states Senators Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, and Mary Landrieu  have all “blasted” the Obama Administration on issues of concern for large industry players for their state and have done their best to assure their constituents that they’re not “Obama Democrats”.

This is all unsurprising and not altogether alarming. Personally I think Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu are bananas for not forcefully embracing the administration’s call for a $10.10 minimum wage and the messaging on opportunity, but I’m not from Arkansas or Louisiana so I’ll demur to the locals. Conventional wisdom holds that it’s good politics for the midterms and Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana are not states where the President has ever been very popular. While I believe President Obama cutting some ads for Pryor or Landrieu would help turnout with African Americans thus shoring up their chances in the general election their campaigns have decided that is not the case. They have the numbers, I don’t.

What about 2016 though?

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Dirk and Nash talk about what it may have happened if Nash re-signed in 2004. Probably the biggest hypothetical a Mavericks fan could have.

As a Mavericks fan I’m not sure if things didn’t work out the best they could. If you could surround an offense featuring Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash in their prime with a 3-D guard and forward with a defensive minded Center who can run the pick and roll I have to imagine they win a title or three. Then again it does seem that Nash and Nowitzki both really blossomed when they were apart.

Interesting hypothetical either way.

Segregation Forever

I’m taking a break for Good Friday but Ta-Nehisi Coates is a better writer than me so you should be fine.

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Unworthy of the Sacrifice

Tomorrow is Good Friday. The day we celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for the sins of the world. In an ultimate display of love and compassion he who was blameless took the blame for all others.

I think it’s important that we reflect the humility that such an act should instill in us. No matter how righteous we believe we may be we are no more worthy of this sacrifice than the worst of us.

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You Need That Work, I Got That Work

Previously I wrote about how we’re collectively fronting ourselves further into poverty. Today John Cheese of Cracked has published a very informative first hand account of why so many folks have to front in the first place. While he’s speaking about small towns in particular, and there are concrete challenges unique to small economies, much of the dynamic he describes can be seen throughout the economy for anyone living anywhere close to the poverty line.

Our current labor market is perverted due to the outsized influence of capital in society. There are fewer jobs for a very large pool of workers and this allows employers to set the rate for work very low. This is good for those who don’t depend on their labor to produce their income. How do we fix this? Here are a few ideas.

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dynastylnoire:

its-a-tragesty-seth:

My illustration for Love of My Life: A Love Letter to the Girl Power in 90s Hip Hip and R&B by the wonderful Shanice! This is a really great article, v. good read. 

::Screams!!!!!::

dynastylnoire:

its-a-tragesty-seth:

My illustration for Love of My Life: A Love Letter to the Girl Power in 90s Hip Hip and R&B by the wonderful Shanice! This is a really great article, v. good read. 

::Screams!!!!!::