Kurt Konda

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I’m raising my children atheist in the Bible Belt

My neighbors can think whatever they like. I don’t need God to teach my children right from wrong<p>My son M, 8 years old, is growing up in Atlanta. This is a fine thing: Atlanta has wonderful food, glorious natural beauty, and some of the most genuinely friendly people you will ever meet.<p>It’s also …

Here are 10 things black people fear that white people don't -- or don't nearly as much

When black people wake up and begin the day, we have a wide range of issues we have to think about before leaving our homes. Will a police officer …

White America’s racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

<b>(Blend Images via Shutterstock/kati1313 via iStock/Salon)</b><p>The author of “What Does It Mean to Be White?” examines the ways white people implode when they talk about race<p>Dr. Robin DiAngelo<p>April 10, 2015 6:16pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Good Men Project.<p>I am white. I have spent years …

Women Are Poorer Than Men in Every State

New findings from IWPR expose disturbing disparities in poverty levels nationwide. Despite obtaining higher levels of education, women—particularly …

What Education Can and Can't Do for Economic Inequality

A new study looks at whether or not a college degree can chip away at income disparities.<p>Would better education significantly reduce income inequality in America? No, says recent study from the Brookings Institution.<p>But that doesn't mean that better education wouldn't help the overall economic …

Income Inequality

More Than Half Of American Public Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty: Study

For the first time, more than half of U.S. public school students live in low-income households, according to a new analysis from the Southern Education Foundation.<p>Overall, 51 percent of U.S. schoolchildren came from low-income households in 2013, according to the foundation, which analyzed data …

We’re Arresting Poor Mothers for Our Own Failures

You’ve probably heard the name Shanesha Taylor at this point. She’s the Arizona mother who was arrested for leaving her children in the car while she …

Heatstroke

Coke made us all obese: McDonald’s, high-fructose corn-syrup and the sick, super-sized strategy to make you fat

When soda makers switched to high-fructose corn syrup, it cost pennies to super-size drinks — and our waistlines<p>Coke’s growth in the final decades of the twentieth century was literally littered with waste, yet much of this pollution, especially the aluminum and plastic, remained out of sight, …

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin’s task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear<p>The Christian right’s obsessive hatred of Darwin is a wonder to behold, but it could someday be rivaled by the hatred of someone you’ve probably never even heard of. Darwin earned their …

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith

Religious belief the world over has a strenuous relationship with intellectualism. But why?<p>Should you believe in a God? Not according to most academic philosophers. A comprehensive survey revealed that only about 14 percent of English speaking professional philosophers are theists. As for what …

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

Early Friday evening Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States.<p>There are only a handful of political speeches that have such historic impact. …

Self-Segregation: Why It's So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson

One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown's death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.<p>The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the anger poured out in response by Ferguson’s mostly black …

Meet the Kansans fighting conservatives tooth and nail for gay rights

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>Home to the Westboro Baptist Church, the state is as homophobic as any in the union. A brave few are taking a stand<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>October 26, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Michael Nelson stared at the room packed with students from the …

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

New projections of escalating growth increase the tension between humanity’s expanding needs and what the planet can provide.<p><b>There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a</b> …

Why I hate standardized tests: A teacher’s take on how to save public education

Thanks to tests, my students’ minds have been downsized — while corporate interests profit. Here’s the answer<p>In recent years, I have begun each semester by asking my first-year composition students two questions, one theoretical and the other practical. First, the theoretical question: What is the …

Facts vs. the GOP: Why America is living through a new era of segregation

Republicans like to blame poverty on the breakdown of the “traditional” family. The numbers tell a different story<p>Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have once again made the nation consider the durability of racial injustice as a defining factor of the American experience. Black children go to …

Poor Parents Need Work-Life Balance Too

The recent reports of moms getting arrested for leaving their kids unattended while they work or go to a job interview shows the reality of …

The Workplace

Robert Reich: We’re living in a new Gilded Age of wealth and power

The former labor secretary on the Comcast-Time Warner merger and the demise of American antitrust law<p>We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power …

Austerity schemes and right-wing economic doom

The truth about ruinous austerity plans and worry about the debt — it’s all about aiding the affluent bond holders<p>Capital is always about growth and it necessarily grows at a compound rate. This condition of capital’s reproduction now constitutes, I shall argue, an extremely dangerous but largely …