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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Trump Disrespected the Flag & the Military During Hannity Interview

Trump Disrespected the Flag & the Military During Hannity Interview

Demonstrating his ongoing attacks on black athletes silently protesting racial injustice during the national anthem are nothing more than a racism-based distraction, Donald Trump not only failed to stand during the “Retreat” bugle Wednesday night, but talked and joked through it. He actually went so far as to ask if the ceremony – a tradition honoring soldiers and veterans – was for […]

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Trump Threatens to Abandon Puerto Rico As Death Rate Escalates

Trump Threatens to Abandon Puerto Rico As Death Rate Escalates

As the post-hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico began escalating this week, Donald Trump just threatened to pull all FEMA relief efforts from the American territory. Couching his reasoning in the uninformed logic that the island owes money (and should therefore not receive the aid they’re entitled to as a part of the United States), Trump fired off three tweets […]

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The “Right” Way to Protest

The "Right" Way to Protest

While it should already be glaringly obvious, angry white conservatives see no legitimate public venue for persons of color to address systemic racism and its lasting effects on the nation. Whether they’re calling for cars to plow through and murder peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters blocking streets or telling “uppity” black actors on Broadway to entertain them rather than make […]

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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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Houston Student Suspended For Sitting During Pledge of Allegiance

Windfern High School in Houston, Texas expelled 17-year-old India Landry for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to a lawsuit filed last week, Windfern High School in Houston, Texas expelled 17-year-old India Landry for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Though she’d been sitting out the pledge for years, on Monday, October 2, 2017 she happened to be in the principal’s office when the pledge began over the school intercom. It was the school administration’s knee-jerk […]

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Trump’s Border Wall Is Finally Underway and I Can’t Roll My Eyes Hard Enough

Trump border wall

Candidate Trump made a lot of promises on the campaign trail, most of which he’s already broken. For the vast majority of us, that’s a good thing — Trump is an even huger stooge for establishment corporatists than Saint Reagan was. Nobody knows if he believes a single hateful word that comes out of his mouth, but it doesn’t matter. […]

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Design Defect? The Broken American Political System

The Republican Party As Cult

In the short time it has existed, Vox has proved to be one of the smartest sources on the internet; its “explains the news” feature, credible reporting and excellent writing have made it a “must go to” for many of us. Recently, the site had a political science meditation by Lee Drutman, titled “Yes, the Republican Party has become pathological. But why?” The […]

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Trump Uses Dog Whistles to Attack Puerto Rico Leaders

Trump attacked the leaders of Puerto Rico using dog whistle language for their criticism of the federal hurricane response

As Puerto Rico remains dark and in chaos almost two weeks after a hurricane devastated the island, Donald Trump – from the comfort of a golf resort – lashed out using dog whistle language to attack the island’s leaders. The racist attack follows several public statements by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz decrying the unorganized FEMA response and Donald Trump’s […]

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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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