FROM Kimberly Kindy
There are 50 'young' Confederate monuments across the country The recent debates over Confederate Civil War monuments have focused mostly on memorials built long ago, either in the Jim Crow era or those built some 50 years ago as the modern civil rights movement gathered steam. In both cases historians agree that the real goal of those who built the statues and put up the plaques was aimed at least partly at intimidating black Americans who sought to win their full birthright as citizens. But the Washington Post has shed fresh light on a little-known third category of memorials -- those erected in just the last few years. The Post found that at least 50 more modest Confederate monuments have been built since 1990 -- some of them in northern states! Kimberly Kindy is one of the Washington Post reporters who broke the story.
A Year of Police Shootings Nearly 1,000 people were killed by police in 2015. These incidents made headlines nationwide. But there isn’t any official counting of police killings in the U.S. The Washington Post has been closely following this and has collected data of their own on police shootings. Among other things, they’ve found that unarmed black men were six times more likely than unarmed whites to be shot and killed.
Are New Chemical Food Additives Safe? Do you read the list of all those chemical ingredients on food packages? The FDA tests all that stuff to make sure it’s safe, right? Well, no. The FDA depends on manufacturers to do their own testing. And in many cases, the manufacturers use additives without even informing the FDA. And the agency itself says it doesn’t have enough information about many of these chemicals to judge their safety.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.