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Make America White Again

When a man opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater during a showing of Trainwreck a few years ago, Amy Schumer joined the fight for stricter gun laws. Even though the murderer didn’t invoke her name, the actor/comedian was horrified that this tragedy occurred during a movie she was in. She was disturbed at the association. Contrast that with our President’s reaction to David Duke’s words about Saturday’s alt-right and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia: “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.” Not only has Trump ignored that disgusting shout out, he couldn’t even bring himself to call out white supremacists or the Ku Klux Klan in his remarks following the violence. Instead, he decries violence “on many sides” and proceeds to inform us of all the jobs he’s created. As a nice flourish, he made sure we knew that racial tension was around before he took office. Read: This is not my fault. I don’t consider it a priority. I didn’t cause it. And hey, we have lots to be happy about – jobs! As sick as I am of this tedious man, I am getting more and more outraged at the people who put him in office. Stop calling us racists. That’s...

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What We Say Behind Closed Doors

A question lingers for me as we bring 2014 to a close: Would Michael Brown and Eric Garner still be alive if they weren’t black? My resounding answer is “I don’t know.” No one does. Not if they’re telling the truth. We’re all projecting our own life experiences, prejudices, and preconceived ideas about people of color and law enforcement all over these cases. It’s what people do, the mean and ignorant ones and the smart and humane ones. The last few months I’ve been thinking a lot about what has shaped my own experiences with regard to race and...

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