On Rewarded Activism vs. Punished Activism

Editors Note: This post emerged from a commentary I made on Facebook while watching the BET Awards on Sunday evening. Yes, I watched. Don’t screw your face up like that at me, I turned in my “woke card” for the night. I made a commentary on the contrast between the recognized activism of Chance the Rapper, and the marginalized and punished activism of Colin Kaepernick. Below are my comments, for the purpose of clarification. -M.P. To make it crystal clear about why I said what I said earlier about the highlighted activism of Chance The Rapper, I maintain the following. On...
Trump’s Wiretapping Claims & Other Lies Lead to Autocracy

Trump’s Wiretapping Claims & Other Lies Lead to Autocracy

Trump’s wiretapping claims, other lies, have autocratic twist  by Christopher F. Arndt   First there was the birther theory, which Trump continued to champion in 2011 even after President Obama’s long-form birth certificate was shown to the world. Then we heard statements like “Nobody really knows if climate change is real;” and, more recently, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” These are, of course, but a few of the countless lies Trump has uttered over the years, over the course of...

The Achievement Gap: A Genetic Issue?

The Achievement Gap: A Genetic Issue? Why Do Poor Whites Outscore Rich Blacks on the SAT? by Jamal Mtshali 2016 proved yet another precarious year for U.S. education policy. The Supreme Court’s Fisher ruling and Donald Trump’s election (and tapping of charter school champion Betsy DeVos as his education secretary) teetered the U.S public policy playground’s seesaw. But Trump’s inauguration along with the Republican Party’s control of 31 US governorships threatens to catapult the vision of equitable American education into oblivion. Such disequilibrium manifests most glaringly in the education achievement gap, an expanse characterized by stark racial disparity. Policymakers at...

An ‘Open, Democratic Process’ Is Open To Investigative Reporting With Foreign Sources

An ‘Open, Democratic Process’ Is Open To Investigative Reporting With Foreign Sources By Steve Cunningham John Lewis recently said that “I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians, and others, that helped him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.” Putting aside questions of whether or not Russia hacked at all, and the claim of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that his “source is not a state party,” there is nothing wrong with a foreign entity helping to disclose truth about public officials.  Investigative reporting is one of the most important contributions that...