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Digest for May 21st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for May 21st from 12:17 to 12:37:

  • 10-Year-Old On Dad’s Deportation: ‘Why Do They Have To Be So Cruel?’ – "My life has changed without my father," Stephanie, an American citizen born in the United States, said to the camera in Spanish. She began to cry. "Since he's been gone, I miss him every day. Every morning when I wake up I wonder why they didn't let him stay here. Why do they have to be so cruel to the families that are here?"
  • Friends Remember Mark Carson as a ‘Beautiful, Fabulous Gay Man’ – More than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay black man who was shot and killed in Greenwich Village over the weekend. Carson's death is being investigated by police as a hate crime after he was allegedly chased out of a restaurant by a man brandishing a gun and yelling homophobic slurs.

    Carson's friends and family shared their grief with the local press.

  • The Long, Sordid History of the American Right and Racism – Other factors have come and gone for the Right, but racism has always been there.
  • The Bush Tax-Cut Failure – No hard evidence has ever emerged that the Bush tax cuts stimulated the economy, an economist writes.
  • The Right’s Scandal Hypocrisy – When it comes to presidential scandal, conservatives are utter hypocrites, says Michael Tomasky.
  • Gay Boy Scouts Employee: I Can’t Live A Lie Any Longer – The Boy Scouts offered me many important life experiences and skills as a scout. These included skills in leadership, communication and conflict resolution. Many experiences and memories were made that still impact my life now. These opportunities need to be made available to all youth, regardless of their sexual orientation. There are dozens of other gay professionals like me in the Scouts. I have met them through scouting training courses and programs for adult leaders and employees. We dedicate ourselves to the scouting program, fully supporting the organization. Yet, we live with apprehension, hiding our personal lives and not knowing if we could be outed and fired at any given moment.
  • Inside the Boy Scout Battle to Repeal the Gay Ban – Hundreds of scouts and their leaders will descend on a vacation resort north of Dallas this week to, among other things, take a vote on this new statement: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The vote, set for Thursday, will steer the course for one of the nation’s largest youth development programs, which currently bans openly gay scouts and scout leaders from joining the decades old organization.
  • “Mark Is Not Going To Die In Vain”: New Yorkers Rally After Murder of Gay Man – Blinding afternoon sun lit the biggest gay rights demonstration in years in New York's West Village Monday. The LGBT community and its supporters, including a couple of mayoral candidates, marched in the wake of a murder that has capped a month-long spate of homophobic violence.
  • The Jackie Robinson Republicans – That Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey were Republicans when they shattered baseball’s color barrier in 1947 is only surprising if you consider the changed GOP – after its Southern Strategy and unsubtle appeals to racism, leading to demonizing the first black president. But there was this other principled GOP, says Independent Institute’s Jonathan Bean. By Jonathan Bean If history were written without bias, we would mark the beginning of the U.S. civil rights movement as 1947: the year Jackie…
  • Will Media Outlets Fall For The Anti-Gay Boy Scout Trap Again? – As the Boy Scouts prepare to vote on whether to change the organization's ban on openly gay members, news outlets should resist the urge to let anti-gay activists frame the debate around concerns about pedophilia and sexual abuse.

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