Amethyst Marroquin

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Poverty and Racism Aren't the Same, But Black People Are Getting Screwed by Both

Racial inequality and economic inequality are not synonyms, but they are as closely linked as it is possible for two things to be. They are the bread …

Republicans Get Poverty All Wrong. Trust Me, I’ve Lived It.

This Saturday, six Republican presidential candidates will gather alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Tim Scott at a conference on poverty. Organized by three domestic policy think tanks, the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity bills itself as a platform for them to “discuss their ideas for …

Bernie Sanders

Homeless people are not cockroaches or vermin – they are human and have rights

The most glaring violation of human rights is at a doorstep near you. The global stigma surrounding homeless people sees them treated like illegally parked cars<p>How is it that homelessness – one of the most egregious violations of human rights globally – can be so invisible?<p>The answer lies in the …

Homelessness

Would Voters Entrust The White House To An Atheist?

In a 1958 poll of Americans, only 18 percent of respondents said they would vote for a generally well-qualified presidential candidate nominated by their political party if that person happened to be an atheist. In 2015, that number has jumped to 58 percent.<p>Yet, even today, 40 percent of …

Psychology

White people critiquing “White Feminism” perpetuate white privilege

<b>Update (12/02/17):</b> the ongoing popularity of this essay is a pleasant surprise. My first blog post has been accessed around the world, translated …

Feminism

T.D. Jakes clarifies his comments on ‘evolving’ on gay rights

As gay media cheered the “evolution” of Bishop T.D. Jakes on gay rights, the prominent black pastor issued a statement saying he was “shocked” to be …

Professor tests students’ ethics with cruel exam question

What kind of professor does this!?<p>Psychology students at one university faced a difficult choice with this extremely cruel exam question designed to test their ethics.<p>University of Maryland scholars were put up against each other to determine if they got extra marks.<p>The only catch was that if more …

The traits that make human beings unique

We’re all just animals… right? Not so fast, says Melissa Hogenboom, a few things make us different from any other species.<p>"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who helped to invent the atomic bomb.<p>The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in …

Anthropology

Origin of languages: Tower of Babel, proto-languages, and the brothers Grimm

The Tower of Babel story is a fanciful attempt to account for a very real question: What was the first language and why are there now so many of them?<p>…

The Illusion of Time: What's Real?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer To Truth," a public television and multimedia program featuring the world's leading</i> …

Dark Matter

How To Be More Like Frida Kahlo, As Told By Frida Kahlo

Let’s face it: We all wish we could be Frida Kahlo. She was a feminist before her time, incorporated indigenous and national Mexican symbols into her art with complete authenticity, and kept up a passionate -- if explosive -- romance with Diego Rivera. Her self-portraits are incomparable, as were …

Guest post: Humanism and the New Pessimism

<i>Guest post by Bill Cooke, author and International Director for the Center for Inquiry.</i><b>Humanism and the New Pessimism</b>What should humanism stand for …

Humanism

How does the ‘toxic stress’ of poverty hurt the developing brain?

<b>MEGAN THOMPSON:</b><p>It’s snack time at the home of Ruth Fajardo in Norwalk, Connecticut – an hour outside New York City.<p><b>RUTH FAJARDO:</b><p>How was …

Parenting

The Ugly Ethics of Travel: Finding Compassion in the Face of Poverty

(The following post was written by THINK Global School student Madeline S. and first appeared on her blog Madcli.)<p>One issue that keeps popping up for me both at home and in each country I visit is ethics. In Greece, it's often been on the forefront of my mind. There was one afternoon where my …

Atheists are doing it wrong

Dear Lord, why do philosophers, who are supposed to be in the business of thinking analytically, rationally, and deeply, write such stupid stuff …