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Trump’s legacy: Hate groups are at an all-time high

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center tells us what we already suspected when we see and read news reports: There are a record number of hate groups in the United States, driven by both shifting demographics and Trumped-up fears of immigration. The SPLC gives us the discouraging numbers both on its website […]

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The racist stain of Trump’s presidency

Whatever happens to Donald Trump, however long it takes before he’s out of office, there’s one area where it will be hard to stop the spread of his poisonous politics: his stoking of racial hatred. Trump and Republicans keep trying to turn the murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, allegedly done by an immigrant […]

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The privilege of whining about white male privilege

You’d think we wouldn’t need to say this out loud in 2018, but obviously, we do: White men who are miffed that someone else besides them is in charge need to get over it. Because any slight that any of them has ever felt pales in comparison with what the rest of us have put […]

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Not just Cleveland Indians: It’s time to retire ALL offensive Native American logos

The news that the Cleveland Indians are finally retiring Chief Wahoo, the offensive, grinning image that serves as the team’s logo, is long overdue. But actually, it’s long overdue to get rid of every offensive image of Native Americans on sports teams, advertising, products and even official government seals. The Indians won’t remove the image until […]

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Documentary offers teen-level views on race issues in schools

Sometimes works of art reflect our own experiences; sometimes they reflect the country as a whole. The new documentary series America to Me seems to do both. America to Me is a 10-part documentary series by filmmaker Steve James whose first five parts are now being shown at the Sundance Film Festival. It tells the […]

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Dear world: We apologize for this shithole of a president

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t go any lower, he always finds a way. There has been swift and worldwide condemnation of Trump’s remarks questioning why the U.S. should accept immigrants from Haiti and other “shithole” countries — you know, where black people come from — and why America doesn’t take more from countries […]

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The right to #TakeAKnee is what makes America great

Too many words, presidential tweets, columns, and minutes of airtime are being wasted on the simple act of exercising a constitutional right. Donald Trump raised a ruckus when, in the middle of backing the losing Senate candidate in the Alabama Republican primary, he switched back to Celebrity Apprentice mode and demanded that any player in […]

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Former white supremacists now living Life After Hate

What do you do when you’ve seen the light about white supremacy and racial hatred? In the case of these ex-white supremacist activists, you make amends for your past work in the neo-Nazi movement by forming a group to fight against the hatred you used to stand for. Christian Picciolini is a co-founder of the […]

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#BlackLivesMatter in public health, too

You don’t usually associate racism and the killing of African Americans by police with health disparities, but many in the nation’s health professions, especially those in public health, know that the effect is all too real. This is not a new idea, nor is it new as it applies to the African-American community. For years, […]

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Why Black Lives Matter is going global

The three-year-old Black Lives Matter movement has always been considered an American phenomenon. After all, no other country has the number of deaths by gun violence or the number of police shootings that we do in the United States. But the movement has resonated in several countries across the world, both in solidarity with those […]

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