Mixed-Race, How Does It Work? Mark Kirk Edition

When I saw the headline---Senator Mark Kirk Mocks Disabled Veteran Tammy Duckworth for Mixed-Race Heritage---I was immediately drawn in. What did he do?! What did he say?! Just for reference, you don't mess with Tammy Duckworth. You just don't. She's a double amputee with two decades of military service who defeated an incumbent Republican Congressman in 2012 and currently has her sights set on Mark Kirk's senate seat. She's pretty much as badass as badass gets. She's also mixed-race. Her father … [Read more...]


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Robert Saunders’ Race Problem, and the Republican Party

They told us we were supposed to change the world. They told us to run for office. They told us not to say racist things on Facebook. No wait, they didn't tell us that, and Robert Saunders, running for state legislature, is learning this the hard way.Saunders and I were both raised in an environment that mixed evangelicalism and conservative politics to the extent that the two became indistinguishable. And we were both homeschooled. For many, homeschooling is simply a method for giving their … [Read more...]


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Montana’s Robert Saunders: “I’m Not A Racist”

There's a famous quote from the Handmaid's Tale: "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them." I would posit that we have a corollary when it comes to race: "White people are afraid they will be called racist. Black people are afraid they will be killed by the police." Check out this article about Robert Saunders, a state legislature candidate in Billings, Montana, accused of making racist comments while in college: “At the end of the day, I’m not a ra … [Read more...]


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Why I Lied About My Rape

A Guest Post by K. Matthews Note from Libby Anne: This post may be triggering to some readers. Sexual assault has been a frequent topic of conversation in 2016, and with that conversation always seem to come a few questions: What are rape and sexual assault? How can we ever trust women to tell the truth about them? Why might women lie about such topics? Well, here is why I did.When I first told just a few people about my rape, I lied. But I didn’t lie about it happening—I lied about i … [Read more...]


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Playing the Hitler Game

The comparisons being drawn between Hitler and Trump are kind of hard to miss. I've ready many an article explaining that Trump's rhetoric or policies are similar to those of Hitler, or comparing our moment in history to that of Germany in the early 1930s. But progressives are not the only ones drawing Hitler comparisons this election, and Trump is not the only figure to star in these narratives. Here's an excerpt from a fascinating article examining conservative rhetoric this election c … [Read more...]


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Third Presidential Debate Thread

Oops, sorry guys, I meant to get this up earlier! Enjoy! … [Read more...]


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Governor Bevin Warns of Bloodshed

Republican Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky made these comments at the Values Voter Summit just over a week ago: Somebody asked me yesterday, I did an interview, “Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive, that we’d ever be able to recover as a nation?” And while there are people who have stood on this stage and said we would not, I would beg to differ. I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At wh … [Read more...]


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