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The next American revolution has already begun

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Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied our country’s political system, and it’s starting to show.
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It’s time to legalize marijuana

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There aren’t any good reasons to keep it illegal, but there are a lot of good reasons not to.
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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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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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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.
Citizens in Delhi, India protesting violence against women, via  Wikimedia Commons

Parallels between India’s sexism and America’s racism

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Institutionalized sexism in India has more in common with American criminal justice than we might think.
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Mitt Romney wants to run on his religion in 2016. Please do.

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And that should help a Democratic candidate immensely. Here’s why.
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Fox News says Paris has unsafe Muslim-controlled “no-go zones” like Iraq, Afghanistan

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Which came as a bit of a surprise to actual Parisians.
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Why did the Paris attack go viral, while previous attacks on Jews did not?

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Is it anti-Semitic that France hasn’t had nationwide rallies for previous victims of anti-Jewish violence?
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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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