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Digest for April 3rd

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for April 3rd from 14:51 to 15:00:

  • Why Don’t Black People Protest ‘Black-on-Black Violence’? – Ta-Nehisi Coates – National – The Atlantic

    "I came up in the era of Self-Destruction. I wrote a book largely about violence in black communities. The majority of my public experiences today are about addressing violence in black communities. I can not tell you how scared black parents are for their kids, and whatever modest success of my book experienced, most of it hinged on the great worry that black mothers feel for their sons.

    There is a kind of sincere black person who really would like to see even more outrage about violence in black communities. I don't think outrage will do it at this point, but I respect the sincere feeling.

    And then there are pundits who write more than they read, and talk more than they listen, and prefer an easy creationism to a Google search."


  • Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community


  • Conservatives’ Twisted, Racist Logic in the Trayvon Martin Case | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

    "The killing of Trayvon Martin is a Rorschach test for American society. This tragedy reveals a deep divide in our political imaginations and communities. It also is a mirror for the fissures of race, ideology and party that still vex and befuddle us to the present.

    Some folks imagine themselves, their children, and members of their communities as Trayvon Martin. To their eyes, Trayvon is a symbol of how American society all too often devalues the lives of people of color.

    Other people imagine themselves as George Zimmerman. To them, he is a victim, a good man who only wanted to protect his neighborhood from crime and “suspicious” people. Moreover, the assertion that George Zimmerman acted out of racial bias in his hunting and killing of Trayvon Martin is personally offensive to them."


  • Pink Slime Economics –

    "The big bad event of last week was, of course, the Supreme Court hearing on health reform. In the course of that hearing it became clear that several of the justices, and possibly a majority, are political creatures pure and simple, willing to embrace any argument, no matter how absurd, that serves the interests of Team Republican. "

    But we should not allow events in the court to completely overshadow another, almost equally disturbing spectacle. For on Thursday Republicans in the House of Representatives passed what was surely the most fraudulent budget in American history.

    And when I say fraudulent, I mean just that. The trouble with the budget devised by Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, isn’t just its almost inconceivably cruel priorities, the way it slashes taxes for corporations and the rich while drastically cutting food and medical aid to the needy. Even aside from all that, the Ryan budget purports to reduce the deficit — but the alleged deficit reduction depends on the completely unsupported assertion that trillions of dollars in revenue can be found by closing tax loopholes.


  • How Psychology Explains the Slander of Trayvon Martin – The Daily Beast


  • Diagnosing the Republican Brain | Mother Jones

    "Their willingness to deny what's true may seem especially outrageous when it infects scientific topics like evolution or climate change. But the same thing happens with economics, with American history, and with any other factual matter where there's something ideological—in other words, something emotional and personal—at stake.

    As soon as that occurs, today's conservatives have their own "truth," their own experts to spout it, and their own communication channels—newspapers, cable networks, talk radio shows, blogs, encyclopedias, think tanks, even universities—to broad- and narrowcast it."


  • Trayvon Martin: the criminalisation of black children must end | Ava Vidal | Comment is free |

    "The image of a young black man that came up on the muted TV immediately caught my attention. It was a strange combination of my two children, and I knew the news was not good. I turned the sound up, and got the facts about 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, killed on his way back from the shops by self-appointed neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman, who claimed he had felt "threatened" by the teenager, who "looked suspicious".

    But what was so suspicious about him? It seems to me that it was nothing more than the prejudice that a young black man walking around an exclusive Florida neighbourhood had to be "up to something", to use Zimmerman's words. There was no way that he was supposed to be there – even though it was where his father lived."


  • What Are We Doing? | Jared Bernstein | On the Economy

    "I’ve written before in support of Pell grants—federal assistance for college tuition targeted at students from low-income families. Barriers to college entry and completion have gotten steeper in recent years, as family incomes have lagged far behind tuition increases. Think of Pell grants as a ladder to climb over those steeper barriers.

    So the last thing you’d want to do is to cut rungs from that ladder. Yet that’s exactly what the House Republican budget, authored by Rep Paul Ryan, does. According to the White House, the budget changes “eligibility and funding under the Pell Grant formula so as to eliminate grants for 400,000 students and cut grants for more than 9 million others in 2013 alone.” "


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