On Solving Racial Inequalities

Consider the situation at the end of the Civil War. With few exceptions, freed slaves owned no land, had no formal education (most could not read), and had no wealth or assets. Even without further disadvantages, equality in land ownership, in education, and in assets would not have been immediate. Perhaps a sociologist or a data scientist could use data on movement within the population as a whole, in terms of land ownership, education, and assets, to calculate how long it would take such a population to reach parity with the general population.

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Local Media Punts on White Supremacism

News organizations should be giving readers the context and history of white supremacist messaging, making it clear where it comes from (and where it leads), not legitimizing white supremacism by acting as though whether it is actually harmful is a point for debate. Why not put these fliers in the context of, say, the activity of the Ku Klux Klan in Sarasota in the 1920s—or more recent white supremacist activity?

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Lesbian Duplex 117: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post.

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Saturday Link Love: Teenage Martyrdom, Legal Mischief, and Silicon Valley Domestic Abuse

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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Voice in the Wind: Pheobe’s Checklist

Marcus upends everything by telling Julia to keep Hadassah. Julia is horrified. “She has some mysterious quality about her,” he tells her. In fact he thinks she might be good for Julia. “For all the ravages of a Judean holocaust the girl had survived, there was a sweetness in her face, a gentleness that might soothe Julia’s wild and restless spirit.” Or maybe it’s just mojo.

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On Will Estrada’s Strange Attempt to Make Trinity Lutheran about Homeschooling

If Estrada meant to suggest that homeschooled students use playgrounds like the one at Trinity Lutheran when they cannot use public school playgrounds because school is in session, he has not read the case. My family could no more have played on the playground at a religious school during school hours than we could have played on a public school playground during school hours.

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And the Best Twitter Thread of the Week Goes to … the Chicago Police Department!

Tweets from the Chicago Police Department don’t usually have me in stitches, but twitter users’ responses to a tweet CPD posted on a recent gun confiscation had me on the floor. The CPD posted a picture of what appear to be two antique guns and two bags of marijuana. Twitter users who saw the tweet were not impressed.

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Evangelicalism and Militarism

While some Christian traditions have hewed toward pacifism, evangelicalism is not one of them—and evangelicals’ support for military action is not unrelated from their religious beliefs. These things become intertwined. Evangelical commitment to evangelizing Muslim nations and their belief in the immediacy of the End Times should not be underestimated.

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Muslim Theocracy Bad, Christian Theocracy Good?

Consider the content of presidential speeches. Nods to religion—and clearly Christian religion at that—are obligatory. What would we think of speeches sprinkled with references to Allah and his goodness, given by leaders of Muslim majority countries? Would we not find them theocratic and troubling—even evangelicals? Why are we as a society so blasé about the Christianity-emersed rhetoric of our own government?

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

“And just as it is wrong to misrepresent the facts of the seder, as though it is condoning murder or genocide, just because you personally are ignorant of the facts of the seder, it is wrong in every situation to do this as well. It is wrong to speak out of ignorance, make a ‘hot take’ and profit off of ignorance. In modern terms, it’s wrong to pass along fake news.”

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