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Mormon Sunday school teacher fired for citing official Mormon website on race

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a dodgy past when it comes to race. According to the Book of Mormon, people with dark skin are the descendants of the Lamanites, ...
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Institutional racism by the numbers

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The question isn’t whether racism is embedded in American society. The question is the extent to which it is.
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White America refuses to understand the death of Freddie Gray

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White America does not understand what’s happening in Baltimore.
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Calls for calm in Baltimore ignore the language of the unheard

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Our politicians and pundits are appropriating the rhetoric of peace to preserve their sordid status quo.
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Rand Paul isn’t a libertarian: criminal justice edition

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With his comments on the protests in Baltimore, Paul’s transformation into a mainstream GOPer is nearly complete.
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Bobby Jindal’s denial of our hyphen-nation

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You don’t celebrate diversity by pretending it doesn’t exist.
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Marco Rubio: Being gay not a choice, but gays shouldn’t have a right to marry

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Schrödinger’s Rubio is simultaneously pro- and anti-LGBT. You just don’t know which until you ask.
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Let’s slow down this race, together: Starbucks and a bad hashtag

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Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign was the wrong way to go about the right discussion.
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Did GOP’s Steve Scalise vote for KKK’s David Duke in 1991?

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Scalise’s vote is the simplest measuring stick we have as to whether it’s fair to associate him with David Duke.
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Is reality TV worsening America’s class problems

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I’m having a hard time believing that Amos & Andy TV does anything but harm.
Protesters face off with police officers in Ferguson, Missouri the night the grand jury chose not to indict Officer Wilson for Michael Brown's death.

Ferguson and a lesson in empathy

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For days, I felt blank about the events in Ferguson and New York City — the non-indictment of officers responsible for the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the protests. ...
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Born out of Pain: St. Louis artists respond to Ferguson

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As the smoke clears I see the passing of the old guard, and the rise of a much more dynamic St. Louis.
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Jon Stewart on Ferguson & the Rams “hands stand”

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Five St. Louis Rams players held their hands up in a “don’t shoot” gesture of solidarity with Ferguson.
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