What is Systemic Racism?

Human beings are by nature tribal. We are tribal because our ancestors were tribal. Our ancestors were tribal because tribalism had evolutionary survival value.
Fifty thousand years ago, our ancestors lived in small communities of about 150 people. These tribes competed with other tribes for resources, and the competition was often violent and brutal. Loyalty to one’s own group and hostility to members of other groups was a valuable characteristic in tribal combat.

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The Supreme Court is primed to wade in on a new controversy about state funding for religious schools

U.S. Supreme Court, 2021

by Charles J. Russo, University of Dayton
Since 1947, one topic in education has regularly come up at the Supreme Court more often than any other: disputes over religion.
That year, in Everson v. Board of Education, the justices upheld a New Jersey law allowing school boards to reimburse parents for transportation costs to and from schools, including religious ones.

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Why Are Cities Hostile to Strollers?

There’s an amnesia particular to the experience of parenting babies and toddlers that makes it ill suited for advocacy. No matter how acute the parenting pain of the moment, it never lasts long. Paid parental leave, universal childcare? They have broad public support, and their impact can be felt for decades, even generations. But because parents experience the strain of their absence for only a handful of years, they have never had the same organizing momentum of, say, the student debt movement.
The same goes for navigating U.S. cities with small humans in tow.

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The ‘Visible Deterioration’ in American Democracy Is Just the Start

While many in the media and political landscape are distracted by the phantom menace of wokeness, the US was just added to an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time ever.
It’s an urgent reminder to Americans battling windmills like Critical Race Theory and The 1619 project, and desperately rehabilitating former Trump officials, that we have less than a year to try and save our ailing Republic from an increasingly radicalized and weaponized GOP death cult.

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The Best Reads of 2021

Don’t let our Grinch of a president steal Christmas — check out our gift recommendations for the conservative book lovers in your life!
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr: How long does it take an author to write a very good book? Consider this. I invited Andrew Roberts, who has become the Paul Johnson of his era, to my wedding back in 1998. He gave Jeanne and me on that occasion as wedding gifts two 18th-century Parliamentary proclamations signed by George III, the last king of America.

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The Realtors’ Woke Dilemma Is Coming

By now you’ve probably heard about the story that Rod Dreher mentioned at The American Conservative having to do with enforced wokeness among the realtors:

Here’s another one. The letter is too detailed for me to reprint it here, even with redactions. To summarize, the author is a practicing conservative Protestant who is in leadership at his Midwestern church. He also is a Realtor by trade.
A week ago, the broker/owner of his office called to ask his opinion about starting a new Multiple Listing Service in their local area.

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The significance of the guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

After deliberating for roughly 11 hours, a jury in Georgia has found three men — Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. — guilty in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a run on the outskirts of Brunswick, Georgia, when the three white men cornered him with their vehicles and shot him dead. Video footage of the murder was viewed by millions of people in May 2020, sparking a widespread outcry about America’s disregard for Black life.

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‘Unite the Right’ Rally Organizers Ordered to Pay $25 Million in Damages to Victims

Members of the Ku Klux Klan face counter-protesters as they rally in Charlottesville, Va., July 8, 2017 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
A Charlottesville jury ordered the organizers of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally to pay $25 million in damages on Tuesday to those they found suffered harm by the event. While the jury concluded that the victims, including many wounded and one who died, are owed compensation, the panel did not determine that the far right-wing leaders are guilty of a federal conspiracy to orchestrate a racially-motivated attack at the march.

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Our Blind Faith in the Military Will Destroy Us

Military personnel carry flags onto the field prior to an NFL game on November 12, 2017, in Denver. (Jack Dempsey / AP Photo)

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Thanksgiving reminds us that Americans are still a people of great faith

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It’s almost a bromide that “America is a religious country.” Anyone who doubts that has never celebrated Thanksgiving! 
While it is true that Americans seem to be drifting away from organized religion, faith still remains strong and nearly universal. The thermometer approaches 98.6 when it comes to the percentage of folks who believe in God, in His providence, and in eternal life with Him. 
Exhibit A is Thanksgiving.

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