Louisville Pub Enters the National NFL Protest Conversation

TK's Pub in Louisville Enters the National NFL Protest Conversation

TK’s Pub in Louisville is the latest small business to enter the NFL protest fray after owner Todd King announced yesterday he is removing all NFL paraphernalia from his restaurant. His stance mirrors that of many other white conservatives: that black athletes should not be allowed to protest racial injustice by silently kneeling during the national anthem. “We don’t like […]

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Oklahoma School to Illegally Force Students to Stand During Pledge

Stuart Public Schools in Oklahoma will illegally force students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Stuart Public Schools in Oklahoma will require students to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance despite federal law prohibiting public schools from engaging in such conduct. The change in policy comes amid the national discussion about NFL players peacefully kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and systemic racism. According to the new policy: Stuart Public School respects […]

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At Fox, Tomi Lahren Continues Attack on Protesting NFL Players

At Fox, Tomi Lahren Continues Attack on Protesting NFL Players

Tomi Lahren spent the better part of the last year attacking black athletes kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice. She’s not only targeted the group en masse, but has singled out players like Colin Kaepernick (who began the movement) using dog whistle (and sometimes outright racist) arguments. Now – using her new Fox News position […]

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Talking About What We Understand: Trump’s Puerto Rico Problem

Donald Trump in Puerto Rico

One of the bloggers I follow is Doug Masson, a thoughtful and impressively erudite observer of the circus that is current American politics. I was especially struck by his recent post on the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and mainland American preoccupations. Puerto Rico is suffering. Like a lot. 3.4 million Americans have been without power for 5 days and the prospect of […]

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What Do We Do?

civic participation & democratic norms

Yesterday morning, I spoke to the Danville Unitarians. Later in the afternoon, Mike Pence ostentatiously walked out of the Colts game when players “took a knee” to protest racism and inequality. In light of his despicable posturing,  my morning remarks seem particularly relevant, so I’m sharing them. When I was a very new lawyer, an older lawyer in the firm […]

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Missouri: Bar Installs “Lynch Kaepernick” Doormats After NFL Protests

The owners of S.N.A.F.U Bar in Lake Ozark, Missouri are facing extreme backlash after taping down two jerseys at the entrance to their bar following the NFL national anthem protests. The jerseys – of NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Colin Kaepernick – are arranged to spell out the phrase “Lynch Kaepernick” with the tape appearing like a chalk body outline typically […]

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Trump, the Anthem, Free Speech & the Fight Against Racial Inequality

Trump, the Anthem, Free Speech & the Fight Against Racial Inequality

When Colin Kaepernick first began kneeling during the national anthem, no one noticed and for the most part, no one cared. It wasn’t until right-wing pundits began screaming about how offended and disrespected people should feel over his peaceful protest that people began forming opinions based more on ‘hot take’ outrage than actual law, reason or ethics. That white-hot rage reached […]

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(Un)Civil Religion: Christian Nationalism

GOP Dominionism Christianity

What is “Christian Nationalism” and how is it operating to support Donald Trump? Think Progress has an illuminating history,  and an effort to explain the continued devotion of many Evangelical Christian pastors to Trump and his Presidency. It is notable that, in response to Trump’s moral equivocations following Charlottesville, when business executives resigned en masse from the administration’s advisory panels, only one minister followed […]

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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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