Weekend reading

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Samantha Bee will be the Jon Stewart of the Trump years

The electoral college is an instrument of white supremacy and sexism

The importance of being an angry woman 

What to say to the women in your life after the election of Donald Trump

It’s time to diversify the Democratic Party leadership

My husband’s unconscious racism nearly destroyed our marriage”

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Wednesday watch: Against the Wall

Harry Belafonte teamed up with black artists and activists for this simple and powerful video about police brutality. It features Michael B. Jordan (who also stars in an essential film on police brutality, Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station), Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and more.

Wednesday watch: Maine’s personal Trump

Republican Governor Paul LePage has been an embarrassment to my home state of Maine, spouting racist, hateful rhetoric and demonstrating a temperament reminiscent of our most embarrassing presidential candidate. Samantha Bee did an extended segment on LePage as a warning about what happens when someone like Trump takes power.

Weekend reading

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Polish government performs u-turn on total abortion ban after massive protests

Study: Republican doctors more likely to discourage abortion care

President Obama signs first rape survivors’ bill of rights into law

Brown is the New White author Steve Phillips on how to build a Democratic majority that lasts

From Ava DuVernay’s “13th” to “O.J.: Made in America”: Four docs that define Black Lives Matter

The Democratic Party’s racial reckoning

Wednesday watch: Supreme Court v. the American Voter

Republicans who have seen their base dwindle have focused in recent years on egregious attacks on voting rights designed to disenfranchise poor and minority voters. While they claim they are protecting the integrity of elections, voter fraud has not been proven to be an actual problem, and in moments of candor they have more or less admitted the real reason behind these laws.

This will be the first election since the Supreme Court struck down provisions of the historic Voting Rights Act. This op-doc from the New York Times shows how this decision happened and just what is at stake for voters and for our democracy at large.

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Why don’t white people believe people of color about racism?

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After the tragic police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, some white people fell into a typical offensive behavior pattern. Despite damning video evidence, they want to know more about the story. They insist that if black people only behaved a certain way, and taught their children to do the same, they wouldn’t have to worry about being killed by police.  Continue reading “Why don’t white people believe people of color about racism?”

Weekend reading

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Why prisoners across the country have gone on strike

Kiese Laymon on his relationship to the American flag in “What I Pledge Allegiance To”

A federal court ruled that employers can fire people just for having dreadlocks 

Massachusetts’s highest court: black people may flee from police due to fear of profiling

Aisha Harris and Jen Richards talk about problems with casting cisgender men as transgender women

Immigrants aren’t taking Americans’ jobs, new study finds

Elizabeth Warren just gave Hillary Clinton a big warning