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Dylan Gonzalez11 hours ago
Dear Theresa, Do You Want to Go Nuclear?
Let's get a few things straight, right off the bat. I am from the US (specifically, New Jersey, organically raised to dislike our soon-to-be former governor and raised on Taylor ham). I already deal w...
Jeremy Frommer11 hours ago
Jared Kushner's Delusional Silence
In her 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt states that “without the assistance of the Judenräte groups (Jews who collaborated with Nazis) the registration of the Jews, their concentration i...
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Dr. Williams12 hours ago
The Mounting Tempest
Hindsight is relative in proportion to events that have already occurred. That being said, with the transgressions that the Trump administration has done, many now wonder would the electoral college h...
Michael Eric Ross13 hours ago
Svengali Has Left the Building. Watch Out.
It was January 2017, just days after Donald Trump was inaugurated in the White House, and newly-minted White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon was talking to The Hollywood Reporter, plotting th...
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Patrick Murphy14 hours ago
How I Explained Charlottesville to My Kids
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have been described as many things — hateful, terrorism, supremacist, etc. There are self-flagellating white liberals grieving over whiteness. There are Blacks...
Amanda Spradlin15 hours ago
Attitudes Over Statues
The headlines across the nation have been absurdly screaming and I can’t help but wonder, “What is going on in my U.S.A.?” Apparently, protesters have been holding rallies at many sculptures all acros...
Justin Maury6 days ago
Why You Should Remove My Ancestor's Statue… And All the Other Confederate Monuments
My ancestor was Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury, the Pathfinder of the Seas. You may have never heard of him, but he is buried between presidents James Monroe and John Tyler at the Hollywood Cemetery...
Let Teenagers Be Vocal
I'm outspoken. I kind of always have been, often finding my voice in political movements and social justice, always standing up for what I believe is right. I've grown up knowing that someday I'll be ...
Trump Can't Handle The Truth
In the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? "Everything's made up and the points don't matter." It almost sounds like President Trump's White House, doesn't it? On August 2, the president claimed ...
Dear Donald: It's Not Always About You
Mr. Trump; When you are already holding the top job in the United States, you shouldn't need to keep campaigning, and especially not with children. Are you really so insecure that you need to see a bu...
Philipa Asiemoa month ago
Appreciate Not Appropriate!
EXTRA! EXTRA!! DO NOT APPROPRIATE MINORITY CULTURE!!! Ladies and gentlemen, Boys and girls, White people. I have heard a lot of bullshit in my life on why culture vultures (people who steal from other...
Alexis Powella month ago
Racial Prejudice in America
Racial prejudice is defined as an irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion that typically arises from race-based stereotypes (Nittle). The media has played a major role ...
Dear Donald
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Dear Theresa
Open letters to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; do it like they do on Downing Street.
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Dr. Williams12 hours ago
The Mounting Tempest
Hindsight is relative in proportion to events that have already occurred. That being said, with the transgressions that the Trump administration has done, many now wonder would the electoral college h...
"The Daily Stormer" Troubles Not Over
There's a storm brewing for Andrew Anglin, founder of neo-Nazi website "The Daily Stormer." Sirius XM host Dean Obeidallah, who is of Muslim-American descent, is suing because a June 1 article posted ...
The #SupportSystem for #Racism
As many of us are watching the USA's response to Charlottesville, VA, the media has begun to pick and choose what information becomes forgotten by the public. While we all get over saturated with Whit...
Sam Fogleman3 days ago
Trump In His Own Words
When it comes to the current Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump, one has to accept that no one knows him as well as he does himself. He tells you not to listen to so-called “fake news,” not to believe a...
Jules Fortman4 days ago
Dear Donald, Are You Making America Great Again?
When you were nominated to be the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential race, I was sure that Hillary had won. You were loud, obnoxious, rude and inexperienced. You didn't have a clear platfo...
Michelle Ulyatt5 days ago
Trump and the Trouble with Authenticity
We're told the secret to good PR is authenticity. To be a great communicator, you have to be true to yourself and speak from the heart. By focusing on authenticity, you can really connect with your au...
Amanda Spradlin15 hours ago
Attitudes Over Statues
The headlines across the nation have been absurdly screaming and I can’t help but wonder, “What is going on in my U.S.A.?” Apparently, protesters have been holding rallies at many sculptures all acros...
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Nicole King2 days ago
Why Being in the Middle Is WRONG
Picture this. You’re on the playground, and there’s a smaller kid from your class trying to play on the swings. He was always timid, shy, and just wanted to keep to himself. Well, you’re next to him o...
When Social Media Policy Allows Hateful Messages
I've been blogging for a number of years now, and what happened in the early hours of August 16 freaks me out. It does more than freak me out, though; it makes me angry. Much of the writing I do has t...
Jeremy Frommer11 hours ago
Jared Kushner's Delusional Silence
In her 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt states that “without the assistance of the Judenräte groups (Jews who collaborated with Nazis) the registration of the Jews, their concentration i...
Johnny Vedmore3 days ago
Brexit Terrorism: The Foreseeable Future of Britain’s Brexit Violence
The tectonic political plates of the United Kingdom are shifting and it’s about to cause the most violent vibrations that this island nation has ever experienced. On EU referendum day 2016 we measured the size of the seismic spikes and on that day it was 52% for leave to 48% for remain. But all those who took part know that the result could have been different if the ballots had been cast a week before or after. The fluctuating polls running up to the vote left the losers feeling sickened once t...
Charlottesville
Charlottesville. The name of the town alone sounds so welcoming, or at least, it used to. It's a Southern city that has now been tainted by alt right, neo-Nazis, and other vile groups that want nothin...
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Patrick Murphy14 hours ago
How I Explained Charlottesville to My Kids
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have been described as many things — hateful, terrorism, supremacist, etc. There are self-flagellating white liberals grieving over whiteness. There are Blacks...
Yoshio Chandler2 days ago
So, What Are You?
"So, what are you? I mean, how do you categorize yourself? Are you black? White? Hispanic? Maybe some Polynesian?" These are the questions many of us who are classed as "multiracial" or "multi-ethnic"...
"The Daily Stormer" Troubles Not Over
There's a storm brewing for Andrew Anglin, founder of neo-Nazi website "The Daily Stormer." Sirius XM host Dean Obeidallah, who is of Muslim-American descent, is suing because a June 1 article posted ...
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Dr. Williams4 days ago
The Greatest Challenge
Are we being led like sheep to the slaughter by leaders after quenching their thirst off of the tears of the masses? Is mankind going to dissolve into obscurity where all that is left is woe and miser...
Trump's Nazi Problem
Another day, another Trump Nazi think piece. One would think that I enjoy writing these, but I don't. Truly I would rather go back to living in my bubble and pretend that this reality star was still t...
Neo-Nazi Site 'The Daily Stormer' Pulled from GoDaddy Following Vile Charlottesville Comments
Domain hosting site GoDaddy isn't putting up with The Daily Stormer. The Daily Stormer posted egregiously hateful comments on its website at some point following Heather Heyer being identified as one ...
Calvin Hayes2 days ago
Book Review: History of the Russian Revolution
Leon Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution is, in many ways, one of the most important works of historical writing. Simply put, this book retells the story of 1917's Bolshevik Revolution, a comm...
Robert Wells5 days ago
The Legacy of the Confederacy Part I
One of the questions immigrants must answer correctly when taking the test to become a U.S. citizen is “What was the Civil War fought over?” There are three “acceptable” answers: Slavery States' Right...
Justin Maury6 days ago
Why You Should Remove My Ancestor's Statue… And All the Other Confederate Monuments
My ancestor was Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury, the Pathfinder of the Seas. You may have never heard of him, but he is buried between presidents James Monroe and John Tyler at the Hollywood Cemetery...
Dre Joseph6 days ago
We the People...
I don't give a shit how long its been or how far Black people (and others) have come since 1789. NO. FUCKING. BODY... should be allowed to hide behind freedom of speech to spew and express racial, rel...
Victor Trammell15 days ago
Draining the Swamp
In American society, there are some careers, which may be very lucrative that people just aren't able to do forever. Professional athletes, commercial airline pilots, supermodels, even artists in cert...
Dre Joseph19 days ago
Conflicts of the Father
As of 2017, conflict of interest rules apparently don’t apply legally to the Office of the President of the United States. Though, with that being said, it does not outrightly remove the issue from th...
Paris Reels as Another Attack Hits France
Levallois-Perret, France, is the most densely-populated town in Europe (per Wikipedia) and while the town usually enjoys picturesque views and moderate temperatures, this morning (August 9), it became...
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Dr. Williams14 days ago
The Conflicts Waged In the Name of War
History is an invaluable tool. For it tells us of the mistakes made in the past so as to not repeat those same mistakes. Yet, our leaders have continually failed to head the lessons that history is su...
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Dominic Martina month ago
Is North Korea Truly a Threat to International Security?
After World War II, Korea was divided into two states. The Soviet backed North and the US backed south. In 1950, the Korean war broke out because The North and Kim Il Sung wanted to reunite Korea but ...
Political Characters
Winston Churchill Churchill is famous for many things, not least his 'character'. Witty, passionate, lachrymose and 'honourable', he is not likely to be forgotten. His politics were not without contro...
Cato Conroya month ago
Best Books Written By US Presidents
Being the US president means that you need to have a lot of skills. You need to be a good negotiator, able to think critically, and also have to be able to use your words carefully. Or, that's what it...
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Erik Skaarsgard 2 months ago
10 People Who Should Replace Sean Spicer and Why
After just a few months, the Trump administration has been a clown car of scandal. The mouthpiece for this, alongside the golden-skinned leader himself, is former Easter Bunny, Sean Spicer. Among the ...
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Dylan Gonzalez11 hours ago
Dear Theresa, Do You Want to Go Nuclear?
Let's get a few things straight, right off the bat. I am from the US (specifically, New Jersey, organically raised to dislike our soon-to-be former governor and raised on Taylor ham). I already deal w...
Michael Eric Ross13 hours ago
Svengali Has Left the Building. Watch Out.
It was January 2017, just days after Donald Trump was inaugurated in the White House, and newly-minted White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon was talking to The Hollywood Reporter, plotting th...
Sam Fogleman3 days ago
Paul LePage Can't Stop Insulting People
Earlier this week, Maine Governor Paul LePage, a man who is no stranger to scandalous statements on all sorts of issues, took an opportunity during a speech to call classroom teachers “a dime a dozen....
Peter Rose7 days ago
Campaign to Bring Justice Back to the Law
Campaign to put justice back as the center of legal systems. Laws were originally written down because the king of that time — who was absolute ruler — wanted all the people under his rule to get the ...
Kathy Craig8 days ago
Allen Andrade's Horrific Hate Crime
Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman, met Allen Andrade, a 31-year-old unemployed man, on an Internet dating site and invited him into her home in Greeley, Colorado on July 15, 2008. Angie b...
Kevin McClintock12 days ago
They Have You in Their Sights
Targets used to be something to aim at (see illustration). Nowadays they are (a) a means of control and (b) a sure fire way of screwing up the systems they are meant to regulate. Nominally introduced ...
Is It a Threat? Is It a Joke? Scaramucci Says He'll Bring a "Professionally Monogrammed Front Stabbing Knife" for Stephen Colbert
Anthony Scaramucci, aka "The Mooch", aka the White House Communications Director with the shortest lived tenure, seems like he might be going off the rails. In an August 10 tweet, Scaramucci posted, "...
There Is a War in the World of Communist Memes
The socialist presence on Facebook is now well established, especially in the world of memes. Even Vice wrote about it. Sassy Socialist Memes, with its 900,000 likes, is maybe the most well-known of t...
Matthew Kresala month ago
The Lobbyist As Anti-Hero
There's a line in an early episode of Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing where White House chief of staff Leo McGarry (played by the late John Spencer) tells the staff that "There are two things in the worl...
Dre Joseph7 days ago
Kaepernick: The New Ali
If the vast majority of Black people in America (notice how I said not all) do not boycott the National Football League this upcoming season... we are lost as a people like for real for real. Colin Ka...
Patrick Wilson2 months ago
Is Western Civilization in Jeopardy?
Contrarian feminist scholar Camille Paglia is an acquired taste. In a short exposé interview with The National, she is described as “an anti-feminist feminist [and] a transgender person critical of so...
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Roger Smith2 months ago
Aslan's Deception
Clearly, as Reza Aslan so eloquently demonstrated, obscurantism is the new black. With an all but creepy smile, Aslan has been lionized, sniffing things like Islam does not need a reformation. Really?...