Monthly Archive: May 2015

Women in Pants, Men in Dresses: A Societal Double Standard

  By Chelsea Whitlow Shay Clothing has long been used to regulate culture and express ones social standing. Whether it’s women wearing corset dresses, a staple in women’s fashion from the 16th -18th centuries, or businessmen wearing two button verse three button suits to the office, clothing is often used as a visual marker of belonging or as a sign…
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Insight Into the Rigid Mindset of White America

  By Paul Messersmith-Glavin From time to time, I get insights into the rigid mindset of white America and realize how some people will never change. Like my grade school friend who recently said she is all in favor of protesting, but also calls the Black youth of Baltimore “thugs” for their rebellion and actually tells people that’s a “race…
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We Don’t Need Bernie Sanders

  By Chuck Morse This pro-Sanders article, which portrays him as far more radical than he really is, unwittingly shows why we don’t need him.

The Fight Against Police Violence is About Politics Not Identity

  By Chuck Morse I just had a long talk with some local ex-cons about how much they deplore the recent protests against police violence. These guys (all of whom are Black) have spent huge amounts of time in the prison system and most are still linked to it on some level.

Is Police Violence Really a Problem of a Few “Bad Apples”?

Last week, prosecutors brought criminal charges against the police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.  Many people welcomed this development, taking it as a sign that the justice system can work to root out the individuals who are responsible for brutality.  An Anarres contributor ponders whether the problem of police violence in communities of…
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Is the “Fight of the Century” Really About Class Warfare?

  By Chuck Morse I didn’t watch last night’s fight (although I did talk about it with a bunch of my neighbors on the street while walking my dogs). I could have watched it for $25 at the soul food place at the end of my block (with some food included), but the thought of giving these billionaires even more…
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Did Anybody Ask Them? America’s Expendables Have Their Say

  By Mark Naison Many people are upset with the unrest in Baltimore that followed the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Fair enough. But if you spent time in the neighborhood he lived in, or in neighborhoods like it around the nation, you might still be upset, but you will not be surprised.