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Clarence Thomas vs. paternalistic racism

Race Issues
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/21/15, 01:30 pm

Last night a family-oriented cop show, CBS’s Blue Bloods, had a subplot about a police executive pulling strings to help a grown son avoid the consequences of his actions: Was that wise or foolish? Sure, when small children act irresponsibly, we bind up their wounds while trying to help them learn a lesson, and we’re bad parents if we neither bind nor teach. But what about those in their 20s and their 30s capable of standing on their own feet yet living rent-free in their parents’ basements?

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A time for sober reflection

Race Issues | Forty-six years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, America still struggles with racial tension and divisions
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/19/15, 08:50 am

Had Martin Luther King Jr. lived to see his 86th birthday he would have witnessed a year of frustration among races in the United States. Even before the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., seeds of distrust between racial groups were sprouting in America. Here is a collection of images and words that capture a year of tension and what Americans had to say about events as they unfolded:

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My Forrest Gump moment

Race Issues
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 1/05/15, 09:03 am

A woman, my granddaughter, and I recently went to see The Nutcracker in Philadelphia. On the walk to the Market-Frankfort El line we passed a shop with a T-shirt in the window that said, “I Can’t Breathe,” a statement inspired by the last words of a Staten Island man who died on July 17 as a result of a police choke hold. I groaned under my breath, “Uh-boy,” and walked on. My adult companion heard me and said with shocked displeasure, “I can’t believe you.” We walked on without speaking to each other till we reached Center City.

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