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  By Chelsea Whitlow Shay In the 1980s, the second wave of feminisms was winding down and, while many gains for women had been made, young girls still had to adhere to a strict gender stereotype. Most young girls were given Cabbage Patch Kids, Strawberry Short Cake and Rainbow Bright to play with; all replicating ..
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  By Joseph Orosco In Winter of 2014, I taught a seminar on the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The class takes a historical view of King’s work, tracing his thinking from the period of the Montgomery Bus Boycott until his final works dealing with the Vietnam War and the Poor People’s March. ..
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  By Mark Naison When I read the statement from 19 Civil Rights organizations supporting universal testing in the nation’s public schools, I couldn’t help but recall a time in American History when an African American educator named Booker T Washington stepped forward with a plan to have character training and instruction in skilled trades ..
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By Mark Naison Call me sentimental, but I long for the days when police officers would serve as volunteer coaches and community workers in poor and working class neighborhoods and get to know the young people there in a different capacity than as would be law breakers and “perps.”

  By William J. Jackson I haven’t had a lot to say about Iggy Azalea because I’m not skilled in communicating on the topic of cultural appropriation. I do, however, see plenty of folks who are getting that message out and shared around quite well. 

  By Chris Crass Now that the NYPD slow down is further exposing how broken windows theory is both about generating city revenue from the poorest communities and isn’t necessary, the next step is massive lay offs of police to begin balancing out from the years of massive expansion of policing in NYC.

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