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Today’s Links October 2, 2015

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

  • Politicians Can't Pass Actual Laws To Stop Gun Violence, So They Tweet Prayerfully
    To promote the general welfare, members of Congress have the power to craft laws, pass them and send them to the president for his or her signature.

    In the wake of instances of gun massacres, however, politicians reliably and reflexively reach for the most casual response possible: condolences of 140 characters or less to nobody in particular. Why even bother?

  • ‘Whitesplaining’: What It Is and How It Works
    Recent comments on racial identity have sparked debate around issues of white privilege and ‘colour-blindness.’
  • Republicans Have No Answer for Roseburg
    On Thursday evening, as details trickled in from the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama pointed the finger of blame at America’s glut of privately held weapons. “We are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or [who] want to do harm to other people,” said Obama. And yet, he noted, “We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.”
  • Black Parenting Matters: Raising Children in a World of Police Terror
    Guiding our child to a freer way of being in the Black Lives Matter era is only the newest iteration of Black survival.

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