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Oct.12.2008
ZNet Daily Commentary
  Occasionally when I'm speaking to college students, attempting to inspire at least a few to commit themselves to social justice as a way of life and perhaps career, I'm asked the question for which there is no easy answer; the one that goes something like: "What's the point? Can you really make a difference? Why keep fighting against such incredible odds?...
Oct.12.2008
ZNet Daily Commentary
  I go through airports about two hundred times a year. As such, I overhear lots of comments from other travelers. Usually they're of a particularly banal sort, screamed over a cell phone that seems permanently attached to the ear of one of a few thousand interchangeable corporate automatons. "Sell the damned stock, I said..." is one of my favorites....
Oct.12.2008
Z Magazine . June 1999
  Imagine a quiet, suburban community; the kind commonly referred to as a "nice place to live and raise kids." It's a community known for civic pride, affluent families, and schools where the students score well above average on aptitude tests. It's also 93 percent white. Now imagine that at this community's high school, a handful of black students who...
Oct.12.2008
ZNet Daily Commentary
  Every now and then a lesson comes easy. Other times we learn things by accident, if at all; and inevitably it seems, the lessons that matter most, often come from the least likely sources at the most inopportune moments: so much so that if we aren't paying close attention we just might miss them altogether. Such was the case last August, when my paternal...
Oct.12.2008
ZNet Daily Commentary
  Anyone who does political analysis, advocacy, or organizing knows that folks on all sides of an issue have "numbers." Trotting out statistics to prove one's point about something is a well-accepted practice, yet rarely do we stop to think about what certain numbers mean, whether they are used by our side, or by our political adversaries. As an...
Oct.12.2008
LIP Magazine . October 1998
  In a 1984 interview, ex-Klansman, David Duke explained: "You know, you really can't talk about the crime problem unless you talk about the race problem...Blacks are much closer to the jungle than European people." Six years later, as Duke ran for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, a supporter told the press: "Once you get rid of the niggers, you get...
Oct.12.2008
National Women's Studies Association Journal, Fall 1998, Volume 10:3
Despite the significant benefits to white women from affirmative action programs in education, employment, and contracting; and despite the likelihood that gender discrimination, like its racial counterpart, would intensify in the absence of these programs, white women have been noticeably absent from the front lines of affirmative action's defense--even in the...
Oct.12.2008
Z Magazine
His voice may have been cracking, but the message was loud and clear, as Presidential wanna-be, Pete Wilson gloated over the decision by the University of California Regents to abolish affirmative action in its nine affiliate schools. "This is the beginning of the end of racial preferences," announced Wilson, whose recent vocal chord surgery has made...
Oct.12.2008
Z Magazine
Affirmative action: two words that conservatives consider as obscene as any Madonna tell-all book or Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit funded by the beleaguered National Endowment for the Arts. For thirty years, they have claimed that attempts to rectify past and present discrimination by giving "preferential treatment" in employment to minorities and women...
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Oct.12.2008
Louisiana Weekly
Alcoholics commonly go to great lengths to deny their drinking problems; so too, the perpetrators of domestic violence. Excuses for destructive behavior are many, and rarely does one overcome denial without considerable coaxing and a mountain of evidence. Often, even that fails. So it is with racism: America's collective psychosis; the one we still refuse to...