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This is my favorite thing I have ever seen on the internet.

Dale Hanson is a hero and a stand-up guy. Way to go Texas, for having the best sports anchor in America.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards freedom." -Martin Luther King

In case you can’t be bothered to watch this video — an old straight white dude from Texas, a sports anchor, calls out the whole NFL for allowing men to commit acts of violence and violence against women, but being completely close-minded about Michael Sam announcing he’s gay. AND HE QUOTES AUDRE LORDE.

We’re getting there.  This is real.  When men like this stand up for men like Michael Sam — it makes a goddamn difference.

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Because here’s the thing: the system didn’t fail. The system did precisely what it was designed to do. This is the way it has always worked. The way it worked for Emmett Till 60 years ago, for Rekia Boyd 16 months ago, and for the countless unarmed black and brown people killed by white supremacy before, in between, and after them. This country was built on the dehumanization of people of color—the genocide of the Native American, the enslavement and mass murder of the African. This is what we do. So, the question isn’t why. The question isn’t how, in 2013, this is still possible. The question is, simply, are we mad enough yet? And if so, what are we prepared to do about it?

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It is time for us to check ourselves, to listen and demand a better America starting with ourselves. It is time to stop denying racism and defending White privilege, distracting and deflecting with “what ifs” and excuses. It is time to demand justice for the Trayvons and the Rekias, not because it could have been one of our sons and daughters—it couldn’t—but because it is simply the right thing to do

From "Dear White Folks" by David Leonard at Ebony

If I was going to put together a reader on white privilege — and maybe I will — this would be in it.

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The real kicker came when Zimmerman accused African-Americans of rushing to judgement and asked everyone who he claims rushed to judgement to apologize to him. Zimmerman said, “I can’t guess to what their motives are. I would just ask for an apology. I mean if I did something that was wrong. I would apologize.”

His statement was very telling in that since Zimmerman himself never apologized specifically for shooting Trayvon Martin, he must not think that shooting him was wrong.

-from PoliticusUsa’s rundown of Zimmerman on Hannity

Listen, here’s the deal. I want us to focus on the system that makes it possible for a child to be murdered and no one to be punished. A system that allows the color of someone’s skin to be cause to read them as dangerous. I want us to focus on a police investigation that drug tested the body of a dead teenager instead of the man who admitted immediately to shooting him. I want us to think of Trayvon as one of many, to look at his death as part of a tragic pattern. I find the whole damn system guilty.

But that said. That said. It is very. very. very. difficult not to direct my anger towards this one man, George ZImmerman, who killed a high schooler without cause and shows no remorse. 

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The point is that justice was always going to elude Trayvon Martin, not because the system failed, but because it worked. Martin died and Zimmerman walked because our entire political and legal foundations were built on an ideology of settler colonialism—an ideology in which the protection of white property rights was always sacrosanct; predators and threats to those privileges were almost always black, brown, and red; and where the very purpose of police power was to discipline, monitor, and contain populations rendered a threat to white property and privilege. This has been the legal standard for African Americans and other racialized groups in the U.S. long before ALEC or the NRA came into being. We were rendered property in slavery, and a threat to property in freedom.

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Just two hours after the Supreme Court reasoned that discrimination is not rampant enough in Southern states to warrant restrictions under the Voting Rights Act, Texas is already advancing a voter ID law and a redistricting map blocked last year for discriminating against black and Latino residents. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a statement declaring that both measures may go into effect immediately, now that there is no law stopping them from discriminating against minorities.

-from "Two Hours After The Supreme Court Gutted The Voting Rights Act, Texas AG Suppresses Minority Voters" by Aviva Shen at ThinkProgress

Well. Who saw that coming?

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The Supreme Court has effectively gutted one of the nation’s most important and effective civil rights laws. Minority voters in places with a record of discrimination are now at greater risk of being disenfranchised than they have been in decades. Today’s decision is a blow to democracy. Jurisdictions will be able to enact policies which prevent minorities from voting, and the only recourse these citizens will have will be expensive and time-consuming litigation.
Jon Greenbaum, chief counsel for the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, statement on the SCOTUS decision to declare Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act Unconstitutional

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GAWKER: This is what it's like to be a Muslim in Boston right now

I’m not going to be able to be more eloquent than my friend Jo who posted this on FB, so I’ll just quote her:

"That bigotry and hatred should arise in the aftermath of the bombings is, unfortunately, not surprising. But it is shameful and tragic. Being "Boston Strong" should include standing strongly against Islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism. Anything less is cowardice and ignorance—and not so very different from terrorism itself."

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"Donald Trump, racism and the hidden subtext of the election" by Zerlina Maxwell at the NYDailyNews

Clear, concise, and right on point.  Worth reading before you go back to your regularly scheduled ignoring Donald Trump.