People of Color Are Already Getting Hit the Hardest by Climate Change
"Sixty-eight percent of African Americans live within thirty miles of a coal-fired power plant, the zone of maximum exposure to pollutants that cause an array of ailments, from heart disease to birth defects. Communities of color breathe in nearly forty percent more polluted air than whites. African American children are three times as likely to suffer an asthma attack.”
DOJ Blasts Albuquerque Police Department’s ‘Culture of Unjustifiable Aggression’
A review of deadly use of force incidents found that the majority of the twenty fatal shootings involving officers from 2009 to 2012 were unconstitutional. APD officers have shot thirty-seven people since 2010, a higher rate than NYPD officers, who cover a city sixteen times larger.
How a Receipt Helped Free a Wrongfully Convicted Man After More Than 24 Years in Prison
Jonathan Fleming, 51, has always maintained his innocence in the 1989 murder of Darryl Rush, claiming he was vacationing with his family at Disney World when the Brooklyn shooting occurred. After more than two decades of fighting Fleming’s appeals, the District Attorney’s office finally believes his story.
Mets second basemen Daniel Murphy missed opening day to be with his wife for the birth of their child. In response, New York radio jockeys shared some problematic comments on paternity leave and the world of sports.
Mike Francesa: “You’re a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse.”
Boomer Esiason: “I would have said, ‘C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day. I’m sorry, this is what makes our money. This is how we’re going to live our life.’”
“It’s increasingly clear that we are entering a new era of political correctness…. This kind of thinking is only possible at certain moments: when liberalism seems to have failed but the right is not yet in charge. At such times, old-fashioned liberal values like free speech and robust, open debate seem like tainted adjuncts of an oppressive system, and it’s still possible for radicals to believe that the ideas suppressed as hateful won’t be their own.”—Michelle Goldberg, #CancelColbert and the Return of the Anti-Liberal Left
I disagree with almost everything in this Change.org petition to get Buzzfeed to apologize for a post that used (heart-wrenching, stomach-twisting) tweets from sexual assault survivors in response to Twitter user @steenfox’s prompt: “What were you wearing when you were sexually assaulted?”
“Voices of white men are privileged to such a degree that the white male experience is presumed to be the default, and every other experience becomes somehow other. The inherent bias that must result from existing at the intersection of racial, gender, class and every other conceivable privilege is erased. The rest of us are biased, we are told, by virtue of not being white, or male or middle class. The voices that we need to hear…are drowned out, marginalized and ignored.”—Via Julia Carrie Wong
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on American poverty: “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”
California Rep. Barbara Lee’s response: “Instead of demonizing ‘culture,’ and blaming black men for their poverty, Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America.”
“Right now, you can think of the way we’re living as an office tower and the fossil fuel economy as a plane crashing into it in very, very, very slow motion. Death and destruction are mostly happening in slow motion, too—except when people are drowning in Hurricane Sandy-style superstorms or burning in Australian firestorms or dying in European heat waves. The problem is: How do you convince someone who is stubbornly avoiding looking at the flames that the house is on fire? (Never mind those who deny the very existence of fire.) How do you convince someone that what constitutes prudent behavior in ordinary times is now dangerous and that what might be considered reckless in other circumstances is now prudent?”—Rebecca Solnit
“For some time now, observers—a surprisingly wide range of them—have been saying that Barack Obama seems more like a king than a president. Leave aside the fanatics who think he is a “tyrant” of unparalleled powers and malignant purpose. Notions of that sort come easily to those who look for them; they are predigested and can safely be dismissed. But the germ of a similar conclusion may be found in a perception shared by many others. Obama, it is said, takes himself to be something like a benevolent monarch—a king in a mixed constitutional system, where the duties of the crown are largely ceremonial. He sees himself, in short, as the holder of a dignified office to whom Americans and others may feel naturally attuned.”—David Bromwich
“Right now in order to finance United States government, we take in billions of dollars in profits off student loans, but permit billionaires to have enough loopholes that they pay at tax rates that can be lower than those of their secretaries. It’s about values. Where, as a country, do we believe we should make our investments? Follow the money on this. Invest in billionaires or invest in students. Well I want to put my money on students.”—Elizabeth Warren
The same prosecutor who failed to secure murder convictions for George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn now says she’ll seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison until she is 93 for firing a warning shot that hurt no one.