On Solving Racial Inequalities

A recent article assessing the state of South African racial inequalities more than two decades after apartheid provides an opportunity to think about the current state of inequalities in our own country. The article begins as follows: Despite claims to the contrary, a study of black ownership on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange shows clearly that black South Africans remain small time players. According to a recent study, only 23% of the shares traded on the exchange are held – directly and indi … [Read more...]


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Local Media Punts on White Supremacism

Have a look at this social media post by ABC7 Sarasota:The post features a picture of a flier featuring a young blond girl and this text: The greatest con-job of the 20th century was allowing America's enemies to convince whites that it's morally wrong to love and support their own race. #whitelivesmatter These fliers are similar to other "alt right" white supremacist literature that has been found in many areas of the country since Donald Trump moved the Overton window on race last y … [Read more...]


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Remembering the Egyptians’ Suffering: Why We Dip Out Wine at the Seder

A Guest Post by Rachel LazerusOver a decade ago, one of my college classmates, who happened to be an atheist, asked me to read an essay she'd read online about the Passover seder and give her my opinion. The article was by someone raised Jewish who was a famous, bestselling author. It talked about how growing up, her favorite part of the seder was pouring out ten drops of wine to represent the Ten Plagues. Now, as an adult, she can't handle the seder because celebrated the death of the … [Read more...]


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San People Create Research Code

Check this out, from last month: Scientists have studied the San people of Southern Africa for decades, intrigued by their age-old rituals and ancient genetic fingerprints. Now, after more than a century of being scrutinized by science, the San are demanding something back. Earlier this month the group unveiled a code of ethics for researchers wishing to study their culture, genes, or heritage. You can read the full San Code of Research Ethics for yourself. But I was struck, as I read this … [Read more...]


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Inequalities Abound: Betsy DeVos and School Closures

During confirmation hearings, DeVos didn't know the difference between proficiency testing and growth testing. This matters because of schools like my daughter's. Her school doesn't have the test scores of schools on the other side of town, and it never will, but this isn't the fault of the teachers---it's demographics. A school with a high rate of homelessness, a large number of English language learners, and high levels of poverty isn't going to make the same scores as a school filled with chil … [Read more...]


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Abortion Is Not a Bible Issue

Last week, Franklin Graham said the following: "It’s not a biblical command for the country to let everyone in who wants to come, that’s not a Bible issue." Well, I have news for Graham---following his logic, it's not a biblical command for this country to ban abortion, either. No, really. Comb the Bible. Nowhere does it say to ban abortion---not even in the Old Testament levitical code, which outlined the law for the nation of Israel. Using Graham's logic, I can deduce that it is certainly not … [Read more...]


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“People fear those they’ve wronged”

I wrote yesterday about conservative commentator Michael Savage's claims that white children would become "slaves in their own nation" in an increasingly diverse future---a future where non-Hispanic white Americans are in the minority. I wrote about my own experience living in a majority minority area---one where no ethnic or racial group comprises the majority---pushing back against Savage's absurd claims. But as I read the comments on my piece, I was struck by this point made by rea … [Read more...]


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