The Racism of Mass Incarceration, Visualized

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/404890/prison-inherited-trait/ In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it’s become a normal life event. “We’ve chosen the response of the deprivation of liberty for a historically aggrieved group, whose liberty in the United States was never firmly established to begin with,” Western says.

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Microaggressions and the Rise of Victimhood Culture

A recent scholarly paper on “microaggressions” uses them to chart the ascendance of a new moral code in American life. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Last fall at Oberlin College, a talk held as part of Latino Heritage Month was scheduled on the same evening that intramural soccer games were held.

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What’s Wrong With a Little Free Library?

All over America, people have put small “give one, take one” book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Three years ago, The Los Angeles Times published a feel-good story on the Little Free Library movement.

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Why Does the School Day Start So Early?

The CDC weighs in: Early class times are taking a toll on adolescents’ health and academic performance. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > For the first time, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging education policymakers to start middle- and high-school classes later in the morning.

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Take Down The Confederate Flag. Now.

The flag that Dylann Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, endorses the violence he committed . Last night, Dylann Roof walked into a Charleston church, sat for a moment, and then killed nine people. Roof’s crime can not be divorced from the ideology of white supremacy which long animated his state nor from its potent symbol-the Confederate flag.

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From the Hardy Boys to Nancy Drew: The Secret Ghostwriters of Children’s Fiction

Entertainment Along with the Nancy Drew series, almost all of the thrillers in the popular teenage franchise were produced by ghostwriters, thanks to a business model that proved to be prescient. In the opening pages of a recent installment of the children’s book series The Hardy Boys, black smoke drifts though the ruined suburb of Bayport.

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