Tag: Racism

Why do conservative extremists have it in for Planned Parenthood?  The answer may surprise you.

Why do conservative extremists have it in for Planned Parenthood? The answer may surprise you.

The following essay was written by my friend Desiree Cooper. Desiree is the author of Know the Mother, a freelance writer, and the former Communications Director for Planned Parenthood of Michigan. Enjoy. Birth control is a no-brainer. Americans have agreed that family planning is a good thing as far back as 1936, when Gallup first asked whether Americans favor the […]

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Betsy DeVos declares Historically Black Colleges & Universities the “real pioneers when it comes to school choice”

Betsy DeVos declares Historically Black Colleges & Universities the “real pioneers when it comes to school choice”

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, black Americans found themselves unable to attend colleges and universities because they simply were not allowed entrance into them. In response, they were forced to form their own institutions of higher education. These institutions are now referred to as Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued […]

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#RESIST by supporting a political artist’s statement against the fascism & bigotry of the Bannon/Trump administration

#RESIST by supporting a political artist’s statement against the fascism & bigotry of the Bannon/Trump administration

Regular readers of Eclectablog know that I am a big fan of the political art of socio-political artist Michael D’Antuono. His often provocative artwork forces us to confront the sinister forces of racism, exclusion, and fascism that lurk in our country. Those forces have never been more powerful than they are now with the assent of the Bannon/Trump administration. D’Antuono […]

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America’s Truth: The Moment We Must Now Face

America’s Truth: The Moment We Must Now Face

This movement moment is calling on those of us who believe in the vision of Dr. King to respond. This movement moment is calling on us resist. But, what does resistance look like? In 2014, I published an article in the beloved, but now defunct, Michigan Citizen newspaper called, “A Time for Visionary Resistance”. In that article, I said in part: We […]

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The pendulum swings back: Young people are about to be reminded of what Dr. King taught us about being Americans

The pendulum swings back: Young people are about to be reminded of what Dr. King taught us about being Americans

Four years ago this weekend, my wife and I spent the day after Pres. Obama’s second inauguration touring some of the national monuments in Washington, D.C. It’s an incredible experience walking around our nation’s capitol and reading powerful progressive messages carved into granite and marble, a reminder that the truly great Americans in our country’s history all had messages that […]

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For all their whining, Michigan Republicans are happy to embrace being “deplorable” and to wear it on a shirt

For all their whining, Michigan Republicans are happy to embrace being “deplorable” and to wear it on a shirt

That t-shirt there on the right is available from the Michigan Republican Party website. It’s a clear admission that being deplorable – “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic” – is part and parcel of what at least half of Republicans supporting Donald Trump are. They are so proud of their racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and Islamaphobia that they are willing to […]

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GOP funder Ron Weiser: The perfect choice for Trump Victory Fund leadership given his racist comments about Detroit

GOP funder Ron Weiser: The perfect choice for Trump Victory Fund leadership given his racist comments about Detroit

Earlier this month, Donald Trump reached an agreement with the Republican National Committee to form a joint fundraising committee called “Trump Victory”. The fund will allow donors to funnel as much as $450,000 each into Republican coffers. The agreement is between Trump, the RNC, and the state Republican Parties in Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, […]

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Why this Democrat just voted in the Republican primary

Why this Democrat just voted in the Republican primary

I have never voted for a Republican in a general election in my life. Not once. But I voted in the Michigan Republican primary today because I believe any of the other Republican candidates will be better for the country — as nominee or as president — than Donald Trump.

And here’s why. Read this piece in the Washington post today about the influence of Trump on school kids.

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Martin L. King, Jr.’s lesson (and challenge) for moral activists on the 30th anniversary of the MLK Day holiday

Martin L. King, Jr.’s lesson (and challenge) for moral activists on the 30th anniversary of the MLK Day holiday

As I wrote about yesterday, this week we have brought on a new regular contributor, Sommer Foster. Today is her first “official” post as an Eclectablogger. If you’d like to help Eclectablog to continue growing and bringing on paid staff, please consider making a donation during our fundraiser this week. More details on that HERE. Thanks so much. Martin Luther […]

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“I didn’t know teaching was a crime” – Teacher suspended for using art to encourage discussion over race and policing

“I didn’t know teaching was a crime” – Teacher suspended for using art to encourage discussion over race and policing

For a recent final exam, Nevada high school teacher Elizabeth Clausen showed her students this provocative painting by artist Michael D’Antuono and asked them to use critical thinking skills to form an opinion about how the art represents American society and our country’s history. A handful of parents were outraged and now Clausen is on temporary leave and may lose […]

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Female photographer on Facebook proves that everyday misogyny is a real thing but that we don’t have to allow it to be

Female photographer on Facebook proves that everyday misogyny is a real thing but that we don’t have to allow it to be

There are two things that worry me most about Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and the national, even international, megaphone it gives him. The first is that he’s so outrageous that he makes a zealot like Ted Cruz seem “reasonable”, a terrifying prospect. Second, and equally worrisome, Trump is giving voice, cover, and even legitimacy (in some people’s eyes, anyway) to […]

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