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October 24, 2014

Latest White House Fence Jumper Had Become Paranoid

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The Secret Service came under fire after a series of incidents that put President Obama’s safety in danger. Although that is certainly the core issue, maybe a secondary concern is the state of mental health in this country, considering how many of the intruders suffer from mental illness. Dominic Adesanya, 23, was attαcked by dogs when he hopped the White House fence on October 22. NPR has learned that this…

10 Cruel Things American Cities Do To Keep Homeless From Sleeping, Eating

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April V. Taylor London isn’t the only city taking to extreme measures to prevent homeless people from being able to sleep, eat or care for themselves; many cities in the United States are in on the action too.  The National Alliance to End Homeless estimates that on any given night, there are 610,042 homeless people on the streets of American cities.  Each year, 1.5 million children find themselves homeless in…

What Your Social Studies Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Slavery

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April V. Taylor The new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making of American Capitalism,” by Edward Baptist has incited an onslaught of controversy regarding his examination of the slavery and suffering of generations of Black people who were bought and sold and the economic wealth and power that was made possible from their exploitation.  Baptist is a history professor at Cornell University, and his new…

Gun Store Owner Defends “Obama bin Laden” Window Display

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Halloween is a time for ghosts, goons and goblins, but it’s also the season for people to express their particular brand of bigotry or ideology through costume. Already we’ve seen one decoration with President Obama’s head on a spike and another with his name on a tombstone. Now a Utah gun store owner is defending his decision to place an Obama-bin-Laden dummy in his storefront window. Patrick Meinhart, owner of…

Amnesty International Declares Michael Brown’s Death A Human Rights Abuse

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April V. Taylor For the first time in the history of the United States, Amnesty International has documented human rights abuses on American soil.  The report entitled, “On The Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses In Ferguson,” declares Michael Brown’s death a human rights abuse and also highlights abuses that include police reactions to protesters and racist policing tactics across the country. Specifically regarding Officer Wilson killing unarmed teenager Michael…