A Noose Is No Laughing Matter

Three county government workers are reprimanded over one of them making a noose and joking about it in jest with a co-worker. This is clearly no laughing matter, but many of us joke around, and often times, at the expense of others’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc. How do you deal with the insensitivity of others? Click here to read more about this incident and see video of local news coverage.

The Diversity Gap in Congress Is Doomed to Get Worse

“Last week BuzzFeed reported that backers of Rep. Steve Southerland had thrown the Florida Republican a men-only fundraiser earlier this year. The invitation came complete with instructions that attendees should “tell the missus not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth and the issues to discuss are many.”  This comes from a recent fivethirtyeight article by David Wasserman, who paints the sad reality that the Republicans will likely keep the House in the upcoming elections while the share of women and minorities in the GOP House goes down from 14 percent to 11 percent.

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Should Ray Rice’s Punishment Be More Severe?

The NFL’s reaction to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching out his wife in an elevator has been met with growing outrage by many people. Mainly because of its severity or lack thereof.

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Are All Of These Prank Videos Simply Veiled Racism?

Here’s the setup. A young white kid goes into working class community and finds a black man minding his own business. The white guy then asks the African-American stranger something that either challenges his manhood or does something threatening/ insulting to that person. Then the antics ensue. Funny?

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What Would Black Jesus Do?

Aaron McGruder is not shy about tackling racial issues within his work. As the creator and head writer of the Boondocks series, he has shown a consistent knack for creating controversy through his content — from his feud with the BET Network after labeling them an evil empire to his claim that Ronald Reagan was responsible for funding the terrorist plot behind 9/11. However, his criticism to date will surely pail in comparison to the backlash he will receive for his new project, Black Jesus — set to air Thursday, August 7th on Adult Swim.

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