Tag: segregation

The Neighborhood: Cedric the Entertainer and That Time He Experienced His Own Neighbor Drama

“Welcome to the Bully” – Cedric the Entertainer (Calvin Butler)] and Max Greenfield (Dave Johnson) in The Neighborhood.Photo: Monty Brinton (Courtesy of CBS) Cedric the Entertainer, one of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” is still living up to his name. He’s had quite the steady career, recently starring in TBS’ The Last O.G. and appearing […]

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The Integration Success Stories

On April 19, 1971, the Senate began debate on legislation that had the potential to foster meaningful integration in American schools. The bill was Connecticut senator Abraham Ribicoff’s baby. He thought that supposedly haphazard, so-called “de facto” segregation was a myth. Instead, he believed that all segregation was traceable to law or public policy. It […]

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The Destructive Politics of White Amnesia

For all of his bumbling verbosity and avuncular artlessness, Democratic front-runner Joe Biden serves as a remarkably elegant illustration of all that ails the Democratic Party’s bid to retake the White House in 2020. Trump’s breathtaking weaponization of the Republican Party into the party of white nationalism should, at minimum, make the parameters of the […]

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Starbucks Apologizes for Making Cops Leave Because Customer ‘Did Not Feel Safe’

Photo: Chris Hondros (Getty Images) On rare occasions, the cyclical nature of the universe creates a situation where yin meets yang, the sowers of havoc must reap the fruits of their nefarious harvest and the dispensers of bitter pills finally get a taste of their own medicine. Or, as the great educator, philosopher and vegan […]

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Biden Defends Record on Race Before a Black Audience at Rainbow-PUSH Convention

Former Vice President Joe Biden sits with the Rev. Jesse Jackson at Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition annual convention in Chicago, June 28, 2019, one day after Biden took a big hit on racial issues during the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debates.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) A day after getting spanked on the issue […]

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Joe Biden’s Racial Dog Whistle

On the eve of Juneteenth, Joe Biden made the perplexing decision to praise two long-dead segregationist senators for their civility. “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” he told a room of donors at a New York fundraiser, referring to the racist Mississippi Dixiecrat. “He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me […]

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America, We Need to Talk

Speaking to a room full of obscenely wealthy people on Tuesday, Joe Biden took a break from asking for money to praise a segregationist—in the name of civility, of course. Echoing one of his already overused arguments, Biden pointed back to the good old days when politicians found common ground, no matter the hateful things […]

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The Audacity of Grief

It is easy to count the dead, harder to count the grieving. One has to estimate. Every year, almost one percent of the American population dies. The most recent available official count, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, is for the year 2017: 2,813,503 registered deaths. Looking at the […]

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