Mexico Sets the Tone on Hate Speech

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Activists have for decades argued the relationship between hate speech and violence. Cleaning up language is just one more needed act furthering LGBTQ justice. And Mexico is leading the way.

Ballplayer Yunel Escobar Shocked “Fag” Is a Slur

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Hyper-masculinity in professional male sports cultures not only exploits women, but also unabashedly denigrate and go after lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.

Playing Ball With the Pentagon

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Andrew Basevich: And the holiday festivities at Fenway had another significance as well, one that extended beyond burnishing institutional reputations and boosting bottom lines. Here was America’s civic religion made manifest.

Our Predictions for 2011

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Randy Shaw: The biggest story will be President Obama’s “new” relationship with Congressional Republicans; as if the president had not reached out to obstructionist Republicans from the start. We will be deluged with stories describing the “idealism and vision” of newly seated House Republicans, despite their allegiance to large corporations and goal of restoring failed Hoover-era policies.

How Affirmative Action Brought Willie Mays to the New York Giants

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Sherwood Ross: Willie Mays, thought by many baseball writers to be the greatest player who ever wore spikes, was passed up by three major league clubs due to outright racial prejudice or to quota systems that limited them to just one Negro star.

Raising a Child With Asperger’s Syndrome

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Sherwood Ross: Although outsiders tend to notice the acting out of Asperger children and complain of their anti-social behavior, they don’t recognize the syndrome has some positive aspects

Baseball Has Lost Some of Its Soul

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William J. Astore: But I despair at the way money and media and mercenary players have invaded the game and changed its character from a pastime to a business. Just one recent example: today’s opener between the Red Sox and Yankees was moved to 8:05 PM for the benefit of ESPN Sunday night baseball in the hopes of garnering higher ratings and advertising revenue. Few seem to care about inconveniencing the fans, or flouting the tradition of opening day played in the afternoon under God’s natural light.

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