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Pres. Obama Still Can’t Say “Black People”

You can imagine the absurdity of hearing that President Obama acknowledged marijuana prohibition’s societal damage a day before the nation observed MLK Day, but couldn’t go as far as recognizing the disproportionate impact of prohibition on people of color.
Actually, it was much worse than that, but his failure (or inability) to point out the Black and Brown elephant in the room was probably the most audacious part of this New Yorker interview.
What do we have left after this interview? A Black president who, because of his race, can’t acknowledge injustices targeting Black people for fear of political backlash, even on Martin Luther King’s recognized weekend. He also embodies all the fears that allowed the War on Drugs to become a War on Minorities: straw men arguments about gateway legalization, inaccurate depictions of the effects of drugs, and a failure to understand what the problem is with our current scheduling of drug prohibition.
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Pres. Obama Still Can’t Say “Black People”

You can imagine the absurdity of hearing that President Obama acknowledged marijuana prohibition’s societal damage a day before the nation observed MLK Day, but couldn’t go as far as recognizing the disproportionate impact of prohibition on people of color.

Actually, it was much worse than that, but his failure (or inability) to point out the Black and Brown elephant in the room was probably the most audacious part of this New Yorker interview.

What do we have left after this interview? A Black president who, because of his race, can’t acknowledge injustices targeting Black people for fear of political backlash, even on Martin Luther King’s recognized weekend. He also embodies all the fears that allowed the War on Drugs to become a War on Minorities: straw men arguments about gateway legalization, inaccurate depictions of the effects of drugs, and a failure to understand what the problem is with our current scheduling of drug prohibition.

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5 Facts We Learned From The War On Poverty

Today is the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s announcement of The War on Poverty, arguably the extension of a liberal philosophy dating back to FDR’s New Deal programs.
Despite the relatively short-term interest in substantially financing and expanding the programs, childhood poverty dropped from 23% in 1964 to 17% in 2000, although it has risen back to its pre-WoP levels. Elderly poverty declined from almost 30% to almost 9% today.
The nation’s poverty rate dropped from 18% in 1964 to around 12% by 1969, a steep decline that hasn’t been seen since.
Today, as the challenges of poverty at home are complicated by problems like low-wage jobs, globalization, and decreased social mobility, a few fundamental lessons from the great success of the beginning of the War on Poverty remain valuable today.
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I was always taught that the War on Poverty was a failure.

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5 Facts We Learned From The War On Poverty

Today is the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s announcement of The War on Poverty, arguably the extension of a liberal philosophy dating back to FDR’s New Deal programs.

Despite the relatively short-term interest in substantially financing and expanding the programs, childhood poverty dropped from 23% in 1964 to 17% in 2000, although it has risen back to its pre-WoP levels. Elderly poverty declined from almost 30% to almost 9% today.

The nation’s poverty rate dropped from 18% in 1964 to around 12% by 1969, a steep decline that hasn’t been seen since.

Today, as the challenges of poverty at home are complicated by problems like low-wage jobs, globalization, and decreased social mobility, a few fundamental lessons from the great success of the beginning of the War on Poverty remain valuable today.

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I was always taught that the War on Poverty was a failure.

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Our Food Supply Chain’s Weaknesses Let Drug-Resistant Infections Spread Rapidly

It’s happened repeatedly before, and neither private nor public interests have yet to fully address the problem. The flaws still exist that could make our food supply chain a better target for those with malicious intentions, and those flaws are highlighted almost annually for those who are obliged to protect us and for those who wish to do us harm.

Unfortunately, a pro-business posture from the U.S. courts and legislative loopholes have strongly limited the USDA’s power against facilities with Salmonella issues alone.

The USDA can not close a processing plant that consistently fails Salmonella testing because the U.S. does not consider Salmonella bacteria an “adulterant” in meat.

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The Boogie Man Called “SNAP Abuse”

Numbers don’t lie. SNAP, the new name for the Federal Food Stamp program, kept an estimated 4.9 million Americans out of poverty in 2011. It also reduced extreme poverty by nearly half.

But certain individuals, and it would seem the GOP membership generally, would like people to believe the program is being widely abused.

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How a fanciful lie turned deadly.

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The Answer Isn’t Just A “Better Dosage” Of Stop And Frisk

If Bill Bratton, Mayor-elect de Blasio’s choice for NYPD Commissioner, still thinks moderation is the all encompassing key to fixing Stop and Frisk, little will change for NYers of color during the incoming administration’s term.
Stop and Frisk numbers this year could be over 50% lower than last year’s, if trends continue. Yet the racial distribution of Stop and Frisks remains virtually unchanged…
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The idea of there being a “better dosage” of Stop and Frisk is such ass-backwards-fuckery.
Some Colonial-mindset bullshit.

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The Answer Isn’t Just A “Better Dosage” Of Stop And Frisk

If Bill Bratton, Mayor-elect de Blasio’s choice for NYPD Commissioner, still thinks moderation is the all encompassing key to fixing Stop and Frisk, little will change for NYers of color during the incoming administration’s term.

Stop and Frisk numbers this year could be over 50% lower than last year’s, if trends continue. Yet the racial distribution of Stop and Frisks remains virtually unchanged…

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The idea of there being a “better dosage” of Stop and Frisk is such ass-backwards-fuckery.

Some Colonial-mindset bullshit.

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As House Sought to Slash Food Stamps, Americans Grew Hungry

The Federal Government’s shutdown this Tuesday will largely be blamed on House Republicans, according to various limited polling reported by some news outlets. That blame is understandable as the House GOP has been pushing an austerity strategy for years (despite evidence that austerity may be causing more harm than good), culminating in the current shutdown.

Among a few other Federal activities, food stamp (SNAP) benefits will continue to be disbursed during the shutdown, although they’ve been a recent target of Congressional spending cuts.

Since June the two legislative bodies have been bouncing SNAP cut proposals back and forth, the worst of which came after mid-September when the House passed a GOP plan to cut SNAP benefits by $39 billion over a decade….

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