New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof • In an opinion piece on the death of soldiers after they return home. A few other key stats — more former soldiers have committed suicide after returning home than died in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq combined, being a veteran doubles the risk of suicide, and being a veteran between ages 17 and 24 quadruples the risk. Yikes. Read up on this disturbing trend. (via shortformblog)
People who deflect criticism with SUPPORT THE TROOPS, I’m looking at you. These people need help, badly.
March 6, 2012—“The New Jim Crow” [which has spent six weeks on the New York Times paperback nonfiction best-seller list] arrives at a receptive moment, when declining crime rates and exploding prison budgets have made conservatives and liberals alike more ready to question the wisdom of keeping nearly 1 in 100 Americans behind bars. But Professor Alexander, who teaches at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, said in an interview that the more provocative claims of her book did not come easily to her. When she first encountered the “New Jim Crow” metaphor on a protest sign in Oakland, Calif., a decade ago, she was a civil rights lawyer with an impeccable résumé — Stanford Law School, a Supreme Court clerkship — and was leery of embracing arguments that might be considered, as she put it, “crazy.”
Professor Alexander knew that African-Americans were overrepresented in prison, though she resisted the idea that this was anything more than unequal implementation of colorblind laws. But her work as director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, she said, opened her eyes to the extent of the lifelong exclusion many offenders face, including job discrimination, elimination from juries and voter rolls, and even disqualification from food stamps, public housing and student loans.
“It’s easy to be completely unaware that this vast new system of racial and social control has emerged,” she said. “Unlike in Jim Crow days, there were no ‘Whites Only’ signs. This system is out of sight, out of mind.”
Her husband had raped her again that night, this time more violently than ever in their 15-year marriage. He forced himself on her repeatedly, he choked her and threatened to kill her.
When she fled in the early hours of March 23, 2008 — down the stairwell, through the courtyard, into the street and up to a taxi — he caught up before the driver could pull away. She ran on, finally reaching a police station.
“You have to be ready to leave behind your entire life, your identity of a wife, of a normal family,” the woman, now 43, said in an interview. “You have to be ready to call the man you once loved a rapist.
“I just couldn’t do it before. But that night I knew, if I didn’t leave him, I would die.”"
One reason I could never agree with Pierre Elliot Treudeau’s blanket, “The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation,” when he was PM. The state may have no place between willing individuals… But this isn’t that.
“There are plenty of progressive champions lobbying, rallying, exposing, suing and organizing at the national, state and local level."
In a letter To The New York Times, Ralph Nader takes issue with the paper’s editorial asserting that Tea Party victories show there is “no progressive champion” for the poor and powerless.
The problem, he says, is that the mainstream media, including The New York Times, fails to cover their efforts.
- Political Battle on Illegal Immigration Shifts to States
- In Ivory Coast, Bid to Ease Out Defiant Leader
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- Boomers Hit New Self-Absorption Milestone: Age 65
- Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way, Even Chocolate
- Back in Albany, 16 Years Later, to Serve Another Gov. Cuomo
First NYT of the Tweens.
The New York Times is blogging the Civil War !?!? Awesome.
As we recover from our election coverage marathon, this feels like something: Awesome.
One more time with feeling: awesome.