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Christian Jarrett: The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology

Here we spread some bad news about… well, all of us… through 10 dispiriting findings that reveal the darker and less impressive aspects of human nature…

January 7, 2023 · 8 Comments

Brett Wilkins: Racism Poses Public Health Threat to Millions Worldwide: Lancet Studies

Until racism and xenophobia are universally recognized as significant drivers of determinants of health, the root causes of discrimination will remain in the shadows and continue to cause and exacerbate health inequities.

December 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Let’s Honor Kevin Johnson by Dismantling the Systems That Failed Him

Last week, on November 29, the State of Missouri killed Kevin Johnson.

December 5, 2022 · 5 Comments

Richard Cambridge: In Medias Res

Tom, the eldest son of Daniel and Helen Brownson, tells his parents he has dropped out of college. He is now in the crosshairs of the draft board and will be re-classified 1-A — a good chance he will be sent to — and possibly die in Vietnam.

November 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Bill Lueders: Beyond Good and Evil | On Wendell Berry’s Brave New Book

A book by the celebrated author, poet, and farmer that takes on racism, the Civil War, and his life’s work.

October 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Watering While Black

Having grown up (black) in the American South, the good Rev. Michael Jennings, 56, both was and wasn’t surprised last May 22 by the “surreal” arrival of (white) cops in his small Alabama town to confront his nefarious crime of watering a neighbor’s flowers like the good Christian he is.

September 8, 2022 · 6 Comments

Brett Wilkins: Albert Woodfox, Activist Wrongfully Imprisoned for 43 Years, Dies at 75

“Our cells were meant to be death chambers but we turned them into schools, into debate halls.”

August 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michael T. Young: Two Poems

When you’re not the target
you can ignore the gun.

June 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Pratik Pawar: It Took 35 years to Get a Malaria Vaccine. Why?

The parasite’s complex biology played a role in the delay, but experts say there was also a lack of urgency and funding.

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lisa Arrastia: Letter to My Student Teachers on a Day of Yet Another School Mass Shooting in America

While some will call for greater discipline, more resource officers, and paying for “threat assessments,” I will call for love and uplift you, the teachers in public pre-k-12 schools.

May 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Trigger Warning | Old White Guy Talks About Racism

White people don’t spend a lot of time talking about racism. Right-wingers dismiss racism as a talking point that black people use to get special treatment while left-leaning white people simply state that racism is an evil tendency among other white people, but not themselves.

May 21, 2022 · 10 Comments

Erica Etelson: In order to transcend Trumpism, we must tend to suffering — not celebrate it

Our survival as a species depends on our ability to turn away from the delusion of sweet revenge, and show compassion for those we may dislike or detest.

May 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jon Queally: Buffalo Gunman’s Racism Directly Tied to Mainstreaming of White Nationalism

White nationalism is the greatest threat to our nation’s security and we must hold everyone who spreads this hate accountable before anyone else is harmed.

May 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Melanie M. Kirby: Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment

What bees taught me about building community.

May 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

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