Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.
- Imagine if armed Black Lives Matter protestors occupied a federal building
Here’s a question worth asking right now: What would happen if 150 armed Black Lives Matter protesters occupied a federal building?
- They’d be killed if they were black: The racial double standard at the heart of the new Bundy family standoff
If Muslims took up arms, occupied a federal building, recorded martyrdom videos, and threatened to kill police and other authorities, they would be called “terrorists." Likewise, black Americans would be called “thugs,” “militants” or “anti-police."
- It’s time to retire Maryland’s state song
The pro-Confederacy anthem doesn’t represent the feelings of Marylanders.
- What's Happening in Oregon Is Nothing Less Than Armed Sedition | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
This is an act of armed sedition against lawful authority. That is all that it is, and that is quite enough.
- If the Oregon militiamen were Muslim or black, they'd probably be dead by now | Wajahat Ali
Extremism comes in different colors, ethnicities, beards and head coverings – which is why racial profiling cannot protect us from all extremist violence.
- America’s Real Racial Double Standard: How the Law (and White People) Turn “Race-Neutral” Into “Pro-White”
Time after time, black freedom of expression gets spun into something very different by the law and the media.
- [toread] Carrie Fisher is a national treasure. There's no other valid opinion about her | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
After an illustrious career in multiple media, she starred in the new Star Wars film – then proceeded to shut up haters who criticized her weight Carrie Frances Fisher is has been the gift that keeps on giving for decades, and this year is no different. In 1977’s Star Wars, she proved that a woman can lead a revolution (and shoot a gun and fly a spaceship and wield a lightsaber and be unafraid to tell the men that they really aren’t doing things right) – no small feat in the world of sci-fi, or in the world at large.
- [toread] Let's Stop Calling Tamir Rice's Death a 'Tragedy'
Clearly, Rice’s death exposes deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system, and the country as a whole, which is why we shouldn’t call it a "tragedy," as McGinty does. To label something a "tragedy" or "tragic" implies a certain amount of resignation in the face of what are taken to be unforeseeable, unpreventable, and inexplicable events. Otherwise put, "tragedy" manifests a somewhat uneasy combination of accident and fate: it says that, all things considered and unfortunately, things couldn’t have turned out otherwise.