Randy Shaw: Barack Obama’s 2008 election failed to provide the transformative presidency that young voters sought. Now Hillary is not even promising a game-changing presidency. New Hampshire Primary
Elections and Campaigns
Mario Solis Marich: Channels – including those catering to audiences from racial and ethnic minority communities – could be dropped or buried at the far end of the digital dial, making it harder for loyal audiences to find the independent shows they love.
Robert C. Koehler: I must ask, in light of the words of Martin Luther King, what kind of democracy is too terrified, and too cowardly, to examine its own soul and reach toward values that are bigger than its short-term interests? American Soul
Jamala Rogers: The Flint water crises was born out of government/corporate decisions that believe black and poor people are collateral damage in the financial strategy to make the state of Michigan solvent.
Enrique C. Ochoa: Like gladiator battles of the past, Levi’s Stadium will be filled with members of the U.S. ruling classes, while largely African American young men from working class communities will be on the field.
War & Peace
Marcy Winograd: If we want to protect elephants in their natural habitat, we shouldn’t build prisons for them in urban centers but instead donate to elephant sanctuaries.
Join the Department of Pan-African Studies as we host a conversation about the Black liberation movement and Black political prisoners with Black Panther Party members Sekou Odinga and Hank Jones.
Richard Eskow: Runaway inequality is the central issue of our time. It stifles democracy and leads to a more dangerous world.
Eric Avila: Few people question the formal study of indigenous, African, Latino or Asian peoples, but studying whiteness sparks a range of reactions, from open curiosity and interest, to derision and outright hostility. Whiteness in American History
Berry Craig: Predictably, the union-busters are in high dudgeon over Federal District Judge David Hale’s ruling that, in effect, invalidated a dozen county “right to work” ordinances in Kentucky.
The Body Politic
Steve Hochstadt: American culture is fixated on skinny as a moral virtue, and encourages the denigration of those who weigh more. I too am critical of people who use worries about weight as a weapon to assert their superiority. That makes me an enforcer of “political correctness”.
Treva Brandon Scharf: When it comes to fitness, yoga gives you the most bang for your buck: it strengthens, lengthens, and relaxes all at the same time. It can invigorate or restore; it can energize or quiet the mind.