Hillary Clinton's comments on the Reagans and AIDS demand more than apology

It is hard but important for those who care about AIDS to criticize the frontrunner of the Democratic party, who takes the support of gay voters for granted

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How DNA and 'recreational genealogy' are making a case for reparations for slavery

More than a decade in the writing, scholar Alondra Nelson’s new book The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations and Reconciliation After The Genome has been published at an appropriate moment. Through DNA, the book examines the construction of race in the contemporary United States and offers new ways to think about it, from the kind of “post-racial” social construction of blackness in Rachel Dolezal to the essentialist, biologically determined (and intellectually inferior) notion of blackness promulgated by Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court.

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Hey conservatives, capitalism is the real driving force behind the 'war on Christmas' -- not liberals

The “war on Christmas” has become an annual yuletide fiction as reliable as tales of the Grinch , the nutcracker or even of Santa Claus himself. Fox News and its ilk complain about this alleged attack on Christianity each year. Make no mistake, though. There definitely is a war on Christmas, but it is not homosexual leftists like myself who are waging it: it is capitalism.

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'Income inequality' is just another name for how we wage war on the poor

The economic hoarding by those at the top has been termed “income inequality”, but that’s neither a strong nor accurate enough phrasing. I have never heard poor people complain about “income inequality”; poor people complain about being screwed out of housing , or about working more hours for less pay or about having to choose between medicine and food .

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Give blood or go to jail: Judge combines medical lunacy with constitutional violations in Alabama

The New York Times reported on Monday that Judge Marvin Wiggins of Marion, Alabama, is offering destitute people who owe court fees a dangerous choice: donate blood, or risk going to jail. According to audio posted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, recorded in September on the day of a blood drive, Wiggins allegedly told those with fines: “if you do not have any money, and you don’t want to go to jail – you can give blood today”, allegedly adding: “consider that a discount”.

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Cornel West says 'Brother Bernie' Sanders will win the Black Lives Matter vote

Bernie Sanders is as much an insurgent as Jesse Jackson was, according to Cornel West, who worked for both Jackson campaigns and is now the socialist Democratic presidential candidate’s most high-profile black backer.

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Republicans' deep hatred for teachers can't be denied -- and they're not even trying

John Kasich wants to take lounges away from teachers. He is just the latest Republican to make an enemy of America’s educators

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St. Louis cop investigated after bragging about spending 'annual Michael Brown bonus'

Patrolman investigated over Facebook post in which he shows off about extra cash made working during protests in Ferguson this week

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Black lives tend to be five years shorter. That's why we interrupt you

Ah, the irony of white people complaining about being interrupted by black people. White men live about five years longer than black men, and white women live about four years longer than black women – that’s including but beyond the crisis of police killings . The way I see it, white dudes have got to listen to a brother tell them why this is messed up for about five years before they can even think about saying their precious time is being wasted. They’ve got it to spare compared to us: they’re going to be smelling the roses in their golden years while we’re already pushing up the daisies.

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Rachel Dolezal exposes our delusional constructions and perceptions of race

Racially “passing” or “ performing ‘whiteness ” in America is older than the United States itself. While such a transgression might have any number of unseen psychological or emotional tolls on African Americans, the potential material gains from passing for white have been historically obvious. Much less obvious – except in the fictional domain of the C Thomas Howell film Soul Man – is why someone would want to “pass” in the other direction and voluntarily take on the weight of racial oppression. Especially this year .

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Americans think prison rape is funny because of who gets hurt

Prison rape is a staple of American comedy because nothing is as hilarious as bad people getting their comeuppance – especially if they are black men

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Republicans fight for employers' right to make people work more for less pay

The right to work for a fair wage was considered such an important civil rights issue during the 1960s that one of the 10 demands of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a: “A national minimum wage act that will give all Americans a decent standard of living”. The amount they proposed was $2, which would be $15 in today’s money. Our federal minimum wage is currently only $7.25.

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There is still no racial justice in America in the years post-Selma

Governments say they aren’t responsible for the violence they visit upon black people, schools remain segregated and voting rights aren’t a given

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