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The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery

Image from the American anti-slavery almanac, 1836, Flickr Commons

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote. 1,539 more words


Talking about Race & Racism

Last week I was part of many conversations about race and racism – in organizations, with the people in my life, in the community.

Race and racism are tricky to talk about. 421 more words

Shooting at 'Stop the Violence Beach Party' kills 19-year-old

Another feel-good rally that does nothing to stop the actual violence.

From Fox News: Ohio police on Tuesday were investigating a shooting at an impromptu anti-violence rally that killed a 19-year-old man and wounded a 12-year-old boy. 149 more words


We, America?

This post originally appeared on www.savemainst.com

There is a tendency, after instances of violence against black Americans at the hands of white Americans, for people to passionately suggest “we” are one, and that if only “we” loved each other, then, “we” can solve the racism that plagues black bodies in America. 822 more words


Taco Bell fires server who told two police deputies 'they don't serve cops anymore'

Adios imbécil.

From Daily Mail: A Taco Bell employee in Alabama has been fired after two police deputies were denied service.

The uniformed deputies were told by the cashier on Saturday night in Phenix City that… 570 more words


Let us Pray

Many of us are feeling weary over the disheartening news over the past few weeks. We don’t know what to say. We don’t have an explanation. 383 more words