High and Low

'Running back and forth between grief and high delight'

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No Coward on Race

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Eric Holder was the nation’s first black Attorney General. In light of his announced resignation, David Cole reflects on Holder’s tenure:

"No one in government has done more that Eric Holder to reduce the racial injustices that pervade law enforcement on a daily basis. …

His real…

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A war doesn’t merely kill off a few thousand or a few hundred thousand young men. It kills off something in a people that can never be brought back. And if a people goes through enough wars, pretty soon all that’s left is the brute, the creature that we—you and I and others like us—have brought up from the slime.
John Edward Williams, Stoner

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micdotcom:

#IAmRepublican hashtag gets hijacked by biting parody tweets

Do you agree with Republican policies? If not, would you if you knew some Republicans have tattoos and beards?

That’s the gist of a new Republican social media campaign, with a (very strange) strategy to prove that “Republicans Are People Too.” This effort comes in the form of a campaign video, Twitter account and Facebook page that highlight unorthodox Republicans like art teachers, environmentalists and, apparently, moms.

At least that was the intention | Follow micdotcom

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Poverty and disability go hand in hand. The poverty rate for working-age people with disabilities is nearly two and a half times higher than that for people without disabilities. Indeed, recent research finds that half of all working age adults who experience at least one year of poverty have a disability, and nearly two-thirds of those experiencing longer-term poverty have a disability. People with disabilities are also much more likely to experience material hardships—such as food insecurity; inability to pay rent, mortgage, and utilities; or not being able to get needed medical care—than people without disabilities at the same income levels. The same goes for families caring for a child with a disability.

"Disability is a cause and consequence of poverty"

This whole article is great, and concludes with concrete policy suggestions that would help disabled people living in poverty. Step 1: explicitly address disability as part of anti-poverty policy agendas.

(via wetmattos)

(Source: disabilityhistory, via iran-ed)

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Frat brothers rape 300% more. One in 5 women is sexually assaulted on campus. Should we ban frats?

ebol4:

maybe I’m just ignorant, but fraternities have always just seemed like a breeding ground for subhuman scumlords to me

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Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. It is an issue we have never been at ease with and given our nation’s history this is in some ways understandable. And yet, if we are to make progress in this area we must feel comfortable enough with one another, and tolerant enough of each other, to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.
Eric holder, Attorney General of the United States

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