The Republic of T.

Black. Gay. Father. Vegetarian. Buddhist. Liberal.

April 22, 2015
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Will Marriage Equality Opponents Take Us Back To The “Green Book” Era?

As the Supreme Court takes up marriage equality again, conservatives are preparing for a likely landmark ruling by trying to bring back a phrase that once haunted black families: “We don’t serve your kind here.” Last week, my husband and … Continue reading

March 6, 2015
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50 Years Later: The Long March From Selma To Ferguson

50 Years Later: The Long March From Selma To Ferguson Fifty years after Selma, the Department of Justice Report on Ferguson reveals the same racism the Selma marchers stood against, and the same economic consequences. On Wednesday, nearly fifty years … Continue reading

March 4, 2015
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President’s Task Force Takes Baby Steps To Post-Ferguson Policing Reform

In August, 100 social justice leaders, Members of Congress, faith leaders, artists, and activists signed an open letter to President Obama, laying out seven action areas in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. This week, the President’s Task … Continue reading

December 15, 2014
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Fuck The Cleveland Police

Fuck the Cleveland police, and any apology they think they are owed. http://t.co/WnVoNX9fd8 Andrew Hawkins T-Shirt Pisses Off Cleveland Police Union (Pic) #SportsTap pic.twitter.com/UakmUricbz— Sports Tap (@SportsTapApp) December 15, 2014

December 3, 2014
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The President’s Too Modest Proposals Won’t Prevent Another Ferguson

As a grand jury in New York decides not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold, the president’s too modest proposals fall short of the change America needs. The problems highlighted by Ferguson require … Continue reading

November 25, 2014
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No Justice in Ferguson

The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has reached the decision many of us dreaded, but fully expected. Now, we must forge our profound disappointment into determination to achieve lasting justice, in Ferguson and beyond.

November 20, 2014
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Preparing For Injustice vs. Preparing for Justice in Ferguson

In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs? As it waits to hear whether the grand … Continue reading

October 29, 2014
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Rioting In Black And White: From Ferguson To Keene, And Back

A riot in New Hampshire, and a likely acquittal in Ferguson, Missouri, underscore that blacks and whites still live in very different America’s, under very different rules. The comparison was inevitable, as the images of unrest in Ferguson were still … Continue reading

September 24, 2014
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Anger Is Still A Privilege in “Post-Racial” America

The New York Times caught hell for an article characterizing television producer Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black woman,” but anger is still privileged in “post-racial” America. The only thing more shocking than Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times article that … Continue reading

September 18, 2014
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Beyond Ferguson: Ending Racial Profiling In America

America must stop “following tragedy with embarrassment,” and pass the End Racial Profiling Act, before the next city that’s “one dead black teenager away from burning to the ground” catches fire. “How many more Michael Browns will we have?”, Sen. … Continue reading