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How to be Anti-Racist

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” ___ Angela Davis “One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism.”  __ Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist     The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.        __Ijeoma Oluo        more Black bodies fall into the bag of my heart continuous rage __Tasha K Anti-racism Resource Guide Last Updated: June 2, 2020  This anti-racist…
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Why the USA is in Decline and in Trouble

America, a Theory by Harvey Mudd https://harvey-mudd.com/america-a-theory/ This commentary will be my last. These somewhat rambling—and often too long—essays have had the purpose of helping me think through the present American crisis. I want now, for reasons of my mental and spiritual health—I am 80 years old—to return to the sort of writing I think I do better than analytic prose. In the words that follow, I’ve tried to pull together a number of the diverse threads I’ve been following in the past 26 issues—political, historical, psychological, philosophical—and weave them into a theory about what has happened to America. In past issues, I focused, too much I now realize, on Trump—it has been like watching a boa constrictor crush and consume a goat,  fascinating but horrible. I believe now that…
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The Unraveling of America

Vox America’s crisis of trust and the one candidate who gets it Rebuilding social and political trust requires procedural reforms that don’t excite voters. By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Feb 27, 2020, 2:30pm EST Share this story Share this on Facebook (opens in new window) Share this on Twitter (opens in new window) SHAREAll sharing options A reformist, overshadowed by a revolutionary. Win McNamee/Getty Images The biggest problem facing US democracy did not come up at the Democratic debate in Charleston this week. It hasn’t really been discussed in the election at all. But it lurks behind all the more specific issues, an unwelcome presence no one quite wants to acknowledge. It is simply this: The US is in a period of declining social and political trust. Americans increasingly think the system is rigged and that their fellow citizens don’t necessarily…
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Still Hope for the USA

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/james-comey-trump-wont-be-removed-but-well-be-fine/2020/01/31/95816ca0-4460-11ea-b503-2b077c436617_story.html James Comey: Trump won’t be removed. But we’ll be fine. When I was a little kid, the United States seemed to be coming apart. The president was murdered in public. The first lady had his blood on her pink suit. Then the man who killed the president was murdered, also in public. Earlier that same year, four black girls in Birmingham, Ala., were killed by a racist bomb attack during Sunday school. Then Malcolm X was assassinated. Then Martin Luther King Jr. Then the murdered president’s brother, who was a senator and likely to be the next president. Our cities were torn by riots and fires. Troops were deployed — at least those who weren’t half a world away in Vietnam, being killed by the thousands in a war…
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Community Playground

Origins 517 Carnival from Yemm & Hart's Origins Patterns collection has recently been used in New York City by May + Watkins Design. Follow this link to see the playground and learn more about the design company - http://maywatkinsdesign.com/childrens-museums/community-playground/ [caption id="attachment_1706" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Origins 517 Carnival[/caption]
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Tire Veneer Appreciated by Horses

There once was a horse barn that had a new concrete floor in a portion of it. The owner planned to cover the concrete with Tire Veneer, a rubber roll material. The installation was loose lay without adhesive. The material arrived on Thursday and one half of the concrete was covered on Friday.  The installation crew did not work over the weekend. When they returned on Monday, they discovered the horses were standing on the rubber portion and not on the concrete. This Indicates that it may be less stressful to stand on rubber than bare concrete. Voting with their feet!
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