Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 14th from 15:28 to 15:40:
Younge: The Low, Low Cost of Black Life in America – Is there a price to pay for summarily killing a man?
- Atiya Haynes case: Zero-tolerance, school choice, and one Detroit student’s future. – How a policy meant to protect a school can ruin students’ lives.
- Taking the Columbus Out of Columbus Day – In 1934, Italian community leaders and the Knights of Columbus convinced Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to declare "Columbus Day" a federal holiday. Eighty years later, many are asking, "If we'd known then what we know now, would we still honor a desperately greedy, ruthless, genocidal, slave-trader with a federal holiday?"
- Erick Erickson: “Fat lesbians got all the Ebola dollars” – The conservative commentator excuses the GOP's cuts to research funds by launching another homophobic attack
- Whites are more supportive of voter ID laws when shown photos of black people voting – Sixty-seven percent of white Americans support voter ID laws, according to a new University of Delaware study of 1,436 U.S. adults. But when the voter ID question was accompanied by a photo of black people using a voting machine, white support for voter ID laws jumped to 73 percent.
- Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong – Every textbook tells that people lived in the Americas before Christopher Columbus landed. However, when authors swing into what they see as their main story— the settlement of the Americas by Europeans—Native Americans pretty much drop out of some books.
- North America is a crime scene: The untold history of America this Columbus Day – The founding myth of the United States is a lie. It is time to re-examine our ruthless past — and present
- Why are we still celebrating Columbus Day? – With Columbus Day upon us once again, we must ask the question: Why, exactly, are we still celebrating Columbus Day?