Is Xenophobia Really This Normative?

Check out this tweet, from earlier this month:Text of tweet by @SteveKingIA: Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. How is it now publicly acceptable for a U.S. Congressman to tweet something like this? The nativism, xenophobia, and racism incumbent in such a statement is startling. This isn't marginal figure. This is a U.S. Congressmen from Iowa.Who are "our" babies? Because last I … [Read more...]


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Say What Now? Republicans on Discrimination.

Growing up in a white evangelical conservative Republican home, I remember my parents saying that my brothers, as white males, were the most discriminated against demographic in society. People in any other demographic, he said, would get hired before they did. I was also given to believe that evangelical Christians face persecution in the United States today. All of this is to say that even as a nonreligious progressive today, these graphs from a recent PRRI survey weren't a complete su … [Read more...]


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Was the White House Meeting with Historically Black Colleges and Universities a Sham?

On Monday, the White House met with leaders of the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It now appears that that meeting may have been an elaborate setup---a photo-op and a propaganda opportunity. As explained by Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University and one of the leaders present at the meeting:On Friday I learned that I was selected to give remarks today for the meeting at the White House with members of the Trump administration, most notably … [Read more...]


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Historian Kevin Kruse Takes Down Conservatives’ Betsy DeVos / Ruby Bridges Comparison

So, yesterday afternoon, this happened:We are apparently that far through the looking-glass.The cartoon refers to an incident last week when a handful of protestors blocked DeVos from entering a public school in Washington, D.C. DeVos was ultimately able to enter the school. Many Democrats later condemned any efforts to prevent DeVos from entering public schools, arguing that it is important for DeVos to gain greater understanding of the positive work done by public schools. And yet, … [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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Does Donald Trump Know Frederick Douglass Is Dead?

This is the full transcript of Trump's remarks on black history month, given this morning: Well, the election, it came out really well. Next time we’ll triple the number or quadruple it. We want to get it over 51, right? At least 51.Well this is Black History Month, so this is our little breakfast, our little get-together. Hi Lynn, how are you? Just a few notes. During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you r … [Read more...]


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Why is Kylo Ren the Center of Episode VII Merchandise?

I recently came upon these shirts in the boys' clothing section at Walmart:The shirts both feature Kylo Ren, the primary villain of Star Wars Episode VII: A Force Awakens. I found myself suddenly curious. The heroes of Episode VII---the good guys---were Rey, a young white woman, and Finn, a young black man. But if you go to the Walmart website and google "Star Wars A Force Awakens shirt" there are half a dozen shirts prominently featuring Kylo Ren for every one shirt even picturing Finn. … [Read more...]


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