Dear Chicago Tribune: A Silent Racist President Is Still a Racist President

Dear Chicago Tribune: A Silent Racist President Is Still a Racist President

The responsibility for moral leadership cannot be decoupled from the American presidency. The majority of Americans who believe in fairness justice and equality understand this. Why doesn’t the Chicago Tribune editorial board? In the days since the neo-Nazi march and domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, most Americans have been rightfully horrified not just by the events that occurred, but […]

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Not Normal: Fox’s Sean Hannity Endorses White Supremacy

Not Normal: Foxs' Sean Hannity Endorses White Supremacy

On his radio show yesterday, Fox News personality Sean Hannity allowed a full-throated endorsement of white supremacy. In an interview with conservative pundit and former professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University Carol Swain, Hannity discussed the aftermath of the Charlottesville Nazi and white supremacist uprising. In particular, Hannity allowed Swain to not only ally herself with the crowd […]

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The City And The Constitution

civic literacy

I was asked to speak to participants in the local OASIS program about the interaction of the Constitution with municipal government, and about my experiences during the Hudnut administration. I decided to share it, both as a needed vacation from Trumpism and as a reminder that there used to be decent politicians in both parties… When constitutional issues arise, most […]

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Trump’s Abhorrent Loyalists: It’s Getting Harder To Ignore

Trump's Abhorrent Loyalists: It’s Getting Harder To Ignore

In the wake of the events in Charlottesville– especially in the wake of the White House’s reluctance to name and blame those responsible and yesterday’s return to a defensive insistence on the equivalence of “both sides”– it has become much more difficult for Trump apologists to deny what has been obvious to many of us since well before the Presidential […]

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It’s Time To Remove All Confederate Statues

Combating Nazis and white supremacists: It's Time To Remove All Confederate Statues

Following the Civil War, a smattering of statues memorializing the war and its traitorous lost cause appeared sporadically across the South funded mostly by those unwilling to admit defeat. By the early 1900’s though, the concept transformed as white supremacy took hold and the KKK began exerting political power across the nation. As a way of intimidating not only people […]

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Charlottesville: Fox News Compares Confederate Flag to Rainbow Flag

Star Parker

Fox News guest Star Parker argued today that those decrying symbols like the Confederate battle flag are hypocrites because they defend the LGBTQ rainbow flag. This denouncement happened while offering a defense to Donald Trump’s two-day waiting period before reluctantly denouncing the Nazis and white supremacists that rioted in Chalottesville, Virginia and murdered one person. “What do you think about […]

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Trump’s Flirtatious History With White Supremacists & Nazis

Trump and the Nazi / White Supremacy riot in Charlottesville VA

Donald Trump’s initial statements condemning the Nazi and white supremacist led actions in Charlottesville, Virginia should come as no surprise to those who followed his campaign closely last year. The lukewarm “many sides” rebuke – viewed as a victory among violent right-wing extremists – is only the latest in a long line of winks and nods to a community that […]

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Brave New World: Psychographic Profiling & Politics

Psychographic Profiling

Okay, I am now officially worried. Really worried. A few days ago, The Guardian reported on a recent conference of internet hackers, held in Las Vegas. (Yes, even hackers evidently have conferences….) Using “psychographic” profiles of individual voters generated from publicly stated interests really does work, according to new research presented at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The controversial practice allows […]

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Trump and White Christian Nationalism

Charlottesville Nazis and white supremacists

The past few days, in addition to the spectacle of two immature, ignorant and nuclear- armed heads of state throwing verbal poo at each other, the media has been filled with images of torch-wielding white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. A “Unite The Right” rally organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer descended into chaos and violence Saturday in Charlottesville, as thousands of “alt […]

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Votes That Count: The Case For Proportional Voting

voter id, voter suppression and voting in the elections

Vox recently had a provocative article advocating “proportional voting,” and claiming that the institution of such a voting system would solve two of America’s thorniest political problems: partisan polarization and the number of “wasted” votes. A bit of background: we currently have an electoral system in which–as the article says– your vote is far more likely to shape Congress if you live […]

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