Ahmaud Arbery and the Legacy of White Fear

If the casual brutality heaped on enslaved people is so much ancient history that it numbs the mind, reflect for a minute on what Ahmaud Arbery suffered in his last moments: horrific chest, armpit wounds, and a detached wrist. Three white men pleaded self-defense as they tried to make a so-called “citizen’s arrest,” for what they perceived to be the crime of roaming around a partially built house. A jury of their peers, who were all white, save one, disagreed.

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The Great Escape

The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets. “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly. “The only thing I don’t have is birds.”
So when she needed a job, PetSmart seemed like the perfect solution. “My sister worked at PetSmart and I was in there so much,” she said.
She started as a bather, and showed enough promise to be invited to the company’s dog grooming academy, where they teach how to cut hair. “I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life,” Caroline said.

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The Right’s Throwback ‘Cancel Culture’ Tactic: Smear Schoolbooks as Porn

For more than a year after its publication, author George Johnson’s memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue was met with universal acclaim. The book, an account of Johnson’s upbringing as a queer Black boy, landed on “best of 2020” lists at Kirkus Reviews and the New York and Chicago public libraries.
“There were no attacks until about eight weeks ago,” Johnson told The Daily Beast.
The shift occurred near the beginning of the 2021 school year, when a coordinated campaign against the teaching of certain race- and gender-related topics plunged school board meetings into a panic.

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‘If everybody’s white, there can’t be any racial bias’: The disappearance of Hispanic drivers from traffic records

by Richard A. Webster
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A Louisiana Law Department That Polices Itself

When sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, pulled over Octavio Lopez for an expired inspection tag in 2018, they wrote on his traffic ticket that he is white. Lopez, who is from Nicaragua, is Hispanic and speaks only Spanish, said his wife.

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Famous former neo-Nazi shifts focus: America is becoming ‘the skinhead’s dream of the 1990s’

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Former neo-Nazi warns mass shootings are part of an uprising: ‘This is going to get worse’

“I’ve been at war for 30 years,” Christian Picciolini says, intensity widening his eyes, “I’m ready to go home.”
His homeward journey involves leaving the work that has consumed his life for the past two decades: disengaging white extremists from neo-Nazi organizations or similar groups.

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Editorial: California got rid of gerrymandering — don’t cave now

California’s independent commission tasked with drawing political boundaries is in the homestretch of crafting maps that will determine legislative and congressional districts for the next decade. And not everyone is happy about what the commission has proposed so far.
Both Democratic and Republican operatives are grumbling about the current drafts. They create more competitive districts than California has now and put dozens of state lawmakers and members of Congress in the same district as other incumbents.

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This is justice of a kind. But don’t forget Ahmaud Arbery’s killers almost got away | Akin Olla

This is justice of a kind. But don’t forget Ahmaud Arbery’s killers almost got away

Akin Olla

The verdict is welcome, but it rings hollow given the underlying systems of white supremacy that have long justified the vigilante actions of Arbery’s attackers

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, reacts after the jury verdict was announced. Photograph: Getty Images

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, reacts after the jury verdict was announced.

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This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for democracy and the commonsense of ordinary Americans

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Our annual Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal at our house. This year, there are three generations of McFarlands at the table, ranging in age from 80 years to 80 days.
After the feast and before the pies, we always go around the table asking everyone what they’re most thankful for this year.

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Wealthiest 1% get richer under Dems' reckless tax-and-spend package

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The Democrats’ self-stated effort to “change America,” and to do so unilaterally through the budget reconciliation process, has revolved around an ever-changing menu of tax hikes guided not by sound tax policy, but by the revenue they want to raise.   
These reckless tax hikes are being sold under the guise of “taxing the rich,” “leveling the playing field” or having people pay their “fair share.

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