Supreme Court Throws Voting Rights Act Under the Bus

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David Love: It is no understatement to say that the U.S. Supreme Court committed a crime of the highest proportion when it decided to gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a few days ago. The victory for gay marriage and against DOMA was bittersweet, given a disappointing voting rights decision in the same week.

Paula Deen and the Cooked Goose of American Culture

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JP Sotille: Shame is the only thing standing between you and your arrival as a full-on cultural reference. So, make a sex tape. Try out for a reality competition. Transcend the plight of the anonymous. Maybe you are the next “Food Network Star.”

America Still Blind to Race?

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Randy Shaw: It would be helpful for progressive bloggers of color to explain why they did not attend Netroots Nation. Yet many are likely too busy writing stories to divert energy into explaining why they did attend a particular conference.

Immigrants and Historical Amnesia

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Claude Fisher: Whatever position one has on the the current immigration debate, if we are going to invoke history in that debate, let’s invoke the real history: European immigrants a century ago did get help, distinctively high levels of help, on their way to assimilation and success in America.

Original Memorial Day Started by Former Slaves

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Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.

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