August 18, 2014
"We must begin to learn our value as human beings, as part of a larger global community that is working towards change in the midst of all this chaos. We can begin to reclaim our connection with earth in various ways through growing food communally, rebuilding and re-inventing new communities and a transparency in our relationships, in government institutions, in society."

C. Shaw at Voces de Tierra. DEPRESSION IS NOT A DISEASE BUT AN INDICATION THAT HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS NEEDS TO CHANGE

August 18, 2014
"Perhaps, rather than investigating the actions of any one officer, it’s time to rethink what lengths we as a society will go to in the name of law and order."

Monica Potts at NPR. What Policing Looks Like To A Former Investigator Of Misconduct

August 18, 2014
"'A race without authority and power, is a race without respect,' said Garvey, and to remedy the situation, he created the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year."

Geoffrey Philip

Marcus Garvey: What Does it Mean to be a Man?

August 18, 2014
"I could go on all day. Statistics on every score paint a portrait of the lives of African-Americans, and particularly, African-American women, as people systemically crippled and murdered by a hostile and homicidal infrastructure."

Quinn Norton in The Message at Medium. While you are all briefly worried about black men getting shot by police

August 18, 2014
"The politics of respectability are, at their root, the politics of changing the subject—the last resort for those who can not bear the agony of looking their country in the eye."

Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic. Black People Are Not Ignoring ‘Black On Black’ Crime: The politics of changing the subject

August 17, 2014
Tear gas is banned in international warfare — and in use in Ferguson, MO

August 17, 2014
"And yet, in their effusive praise of his character and the admission that Stevens “did good service in pushing Congress to the position which it finally took up” on Reconstruction, they reveal the contradiction: while radicals are essentially the authors of American progress, credit always goes to the compromising moderates. Such tension is inherent in Lincoln and in contemporary America’s general lack of appreciation for radicals, past and present, who have pushed the country towards those positions it finally, despite immense opposition, takes up."

Richard Kreitner in The Nation. ’Lincoln,’ Thaddeus Stevens and Why American Politics Still Needs Radicals

Both Lincoln and The Nation’s 1860s editors underestimated radicals’ contributions to abolitionism.

August 17, 2014
"The re-imposition of restrictive — and targeted — voting laws half a century after passage of the Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Acts seems eerily reminiscent of the post-Civil War resistance described above. It was then and is now a denial of the equality among men which the Founders considered (in theory, anyway) self-evident and the foundation of democracy."

Tom Sullivan at Hullabaloo. Confederate States of mind

August 17, 2014
"Here’s what my teachers’ should have told me: “Reconstruction was the second phase of the Civil War. It lasted until 1877, when the Confederates won.” I think that would have gotten my attention."

Doug Muder at The Weekly Sift. Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party

August 17, 2014
"I do understand the pedagogic purpose behind this stuff. Beethoven didn’t have to come up with music scored for middle school bands made up of 57 alto saxophones, 40 trumpets, 15 percussionists and one oboe. Fair enough."

Stephen Budiansky in The Washington Post. The Kids Play Great. But That Music …

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