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The Real Reason White People Say 'All Lives Matter' Why “Black” Makes Us Uncomfortable Dear fellow white people, let’s have an honest talk about why we say “All Lives Matter.”

The Real Reason White People Say 'All Lives Matter'

First of all, notice that no one was saying “All Lives Matter” before people started saying “Black Lives Matter.” So “All Lives Matter” is a response to “Black Lives Matter.” Apparently, something about the statement “Black Lives Matter” makes us uncomfortable. Why is that? Now some white people might say that singling out Black people’s lives as mattering somehow means that white lives don’t matter. Many of the people saying “All Lives Matter” also are fond of saying “Blue Lives Matter.” One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men. On Thursday morning, a fire alarm in the Los Angeles Times’ building went off.

One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men

Fortunately, the dozens of office alarms I’ve heard over the years have always been drills or misfiring systems. For the first time, instead of begrudgingly grabbing my belongings and traipsing downstairs, I was afraid. For the first time, the thought in my mind wasn’t “drill” but “shooter.” Americans are united in our fear of violence and divided on which members of our society are most likely to perpetrate it.

So You Think You Know the Second Amendment? Does the Second Amendment prevent Congress from passing gun-control laws?

So You Think You Know the Second Amendment?

This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege. Twentytwowords. When a high school teacher wanted to teach a class about privilege, he came up with a simple, but powerful and insightful object lesson for his students.


At the beginning of the class, all the students received a piece of paper, and were asked to crumple it into a ball. Then, he moved the recycling bin to the front of the room. He told them… The game is simple — you all represent the country’s population. And everyone in the country has a chance to become wealthy and move into the upper class. A researcher explains the sad truth: we know how to stop gun violence. But we don't do it. Every day in America, about 31 people are killed in gun homicides.

A researcher explains the sad truth: we know how to stop gun violence. But we don't do it.

It's a grisly death toll — one that no other developed nation has to deal with. The political response to this violence has focused on gun control. But while the research shows gun control is truly effective, federal legislation curtailing access to guns seems unlikely to happen anytime soon. So what can America do to stop gun violence? A new, major report from Harvard University researchers Thomas Abt and Christopher Winship reviewed the evidence, putting together the big take from 43 reviews of the research that covered more than 1,400 individual studies, while following up with on-the-ground fieldwork across the US and Latin America.

America's Worst Charities. National Veterans Service Fund notes on its website that "war does not end on the battlefield.

America's Worst Charities

" Instead, the site goes on to say, American veterans and their families have been left without the help they need to overcome critical health and psychological problems at home. This is the best paragraph I've ever read on gun control and mass shootings. When there are mass shootings in America, whether it was the murder of 14 people in San Bernardino this Wednesday or the murder of 10 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon just this October, my mind inevitably turns to the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.

This is the best paragraph I've ever read on gun control and mass shootings

That act of mass murder, which left 32 victims dead, spurred a furious and divisive national debate over gun control. And yet, as one of the last mass shootings of the Bush era, that debate was still somehow less fraught and more productive than those so far under President Obama, who by his party and race is far more polarizing on such issues simply by being president. So Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Again. - Note to Self. Are All Terrorists Muslims? It’s Not Even Close. Motorcycles and minibuses, fake IDs and frantic calls.

Are All Terrorists Muslims? It’s Not Even Close

This is how a former spy and battlefield commander leaves the Islamic State. For all the attention paid to ISIS, relatively little is known about its inner workings. But a man claiming to be a member of the so-called Islamic State’s security services has stepped forward to provide that inside view. One in four Americans think poor people don’t work hard enough. The rich aren't rich because they work harder.

One in four Americans think poor people don’t work hard enough

(Paul Sakuma/AP Photo) Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong. Source: Data from Richard Reeves and Isabel Sawhill America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

That's because, in large part, inequality starts in the crib. Rich parents can afford to spend more time and money on their kids, and that gap has only grown the past few decades. Indeed, economists Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane calculate that, between 1972 and 2006, high-income parents increased their spending on "enrichment activities" for their children by 151 percent in inflation-adjusted terms, compared to 57 percent for low-income parents. Glogin?mobile=1&URI= MOREHEAD, Ky. — As same-sex couples began receiving marriage licenses here for the first time on Friday, the county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue licenses was prepared to remain in jail until the issue is resolved in a way that does not conflict with her religious beliefs, her husband and her lawyer said.

“Here’s two things I know: She’s not going to resign and she’s not going to violate her conscience,” said Mathew D. Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, the conservative legal group representing Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk. “So however long that lasts, in terms of the consequences, she is prepared to accept them.” Why Black Lives Matter is Crucial, All Lives Matter is Unnecessary, and White Lives Matter is just Racist. So Black Lives Matter has taken over my newsfeed of Facebook again this week. It all started with this picture, posted on the page for my employer, United Campus Ministries at TU, after we put a BLM sign out front of our building, and it was subsequently stolen Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. We promptly got another one to put out front. I shared the picture to my personal Facebook page, and all hell broke lose.

Immediately, the All Lives Matter and White Lives Matter crowd jumped all over this. How to Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions  It seems like this election season "religious liberty" is a hot topic. Rumors of its demise are all around, as are politicians who want to make sure that you know they will never do anything to intrude upon it. I'm a religious person with a lifelong passion for civil rights, so this is of great interest to me. So much so, that I believe we all need to determine whether our religious liberties are indeed at risk. Contrary to "Entitlement Society" Rhetoric, Over Nine-Tenths of Entitlement Benefits Go to Elderly, Disabled, or Working Households.

Some conservative critics of federal social programs, including leading presidential candidates, are sounding an alarm that the United States is rapidly becoming an “entitlement society” in which social programs are undermining the work ethic and creating a large class of Americans who prefer to depend on government benefits rather than work.

A new CBPP analysis of budget and Census data, however, shows that more than 90 percent of the benefit dollars that entitlement and other mandatory programs[1] spend go to assist people who are elderly, seriously disabled, or members of working households — not to able-bodied, working-age Americans who choose not to work. (See Figure 1.) Hate Abortion And Teen Pregnancy? Drop ‘Abstinence-Only’ Like Hawaii Did And Rates Plummet. How people convince themselves that the Confederate flag represents freedom, not slavery. Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong. Paramedic’s angry Facebook post about “burger flippers" getting $15/hr goes viral.

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Pavlina Tcherneva's chart showing the distribution of income gains during periods of economic expansion is burning up the economics internet over the past 24 hours and for good reason. Log In. We need a new constitution: Here’s how we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent. A Tale of Two 9-Year-Olds: The One on the Playground, and the One With An Uzi. Michael Brown’s Autopsy Report Corroborates Eye Witness Testimony. An independent autopsy of police brutality victim Mike Brown seemed to confirm eyewitness testimony that he was executed while attempting to surrender to officer Darren Wilson. The family hired Dr. Michael M. RANTS FROM MOMMYLAND: Tea Party at Target. Let's Talk About Thin Privilege. Scalia’s major screw-up: How SCOTUS just gave liberals a huge gift. Mobile.rawstory.

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One map that puts America's gun violence epidemic in perspective. Sign up. If Your Brain Were A Bank Account, Then Poverty ... Ah, Forget The Metaphor And Just Read The Chart. Louis C.K. Apologizes to the ‘Fat Girls’ LA Times. An Eerie New Project Shows How Much Facebook Really Knows About You. The Secret Life of a Food Stamp. Health care and the public’s resistance to change. The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational.

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