Sara Smith

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Would Higher Fast-Food Wages Make America Healthier?

If workers got their desired raise to $15 an hour, the price of burgers and fries would likely go up. But that doesn't mean people would buy (much) less of them.<p>About 20 workers were arrested this morning for arriving at the busy Times Square McDonalds where they work, sitting down, and refusing to …

How Urban Farming Is Making San Francisco's Housing Crisis Worse

Turning vacant lots into vegetable patches makes no sense for a city with soaring rent.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—There have been harder times to be a renter in this city of 826,000. Room rates shot up during the 1850s and again following the 1906 earthquake and fire. But talk to tech workers, low-income …

How Racism Creeps Into Medicine

The history of a medical instrument reveals the dubious science of racial difference.<p>In 1864, the year before the Civil War ended, a massive study was launched to quantify the bodies of Union soldiers. One key finding in what would become a 613-page report was that soldiers classified as "White" …

College-Educated Minorities Report Far Fewer Good-Paying Job Opportunities Than Whites

The other education gap.<p>There’s been some debate on the issue, for sure, but most of the research has been conclusive—you should go to college. As of 2013, according to the Department of Labor, the nationwide unemployment rate for those with just a high school diploma was 7.5 percent. But for those …

The Only Food Poor Americans Can Afford Is Making Them Unhealthy

To make their budgets stretch further, many people in poverty turn to expired, damaged, or processed items.<p>Americans receiving food aid have much higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure than the U.S. population as a whole, and some of the habits they resort to in order to stretch their …

This Fall, Minorities Will Outnumber White Students in U.S. Schools

A new study shows the changing demographics in American education.<p>While 62 percent of the total U.S. population was classified as non-Hispanic white in 2013, when public schools start this fall their racial landscape will reflect a different America.<p>According to a new report by the National Center …

10 best college apps for Android

College can be an important time in one’s life. You’ll be learning all kinds of new things. Or at least you’re supposed to. Most sites that do lists for college apps will tell you to do obvious things like join Twitter or subscribe to Spotify because of their college discount. However, we think you …

This is how you visualize the value of a college science degree

Higher education is a big sacrifice. At the cost of four to 10 years of slurping ramen noodles in a tin can of an apartment, colleges promise a big future paycheck that will make degreeless peers wild with envy. Simply telling graduates that college eventually pays off doesn’t do justice to the …

The Kid Who Crowdfunded His College Education — In 1987

Would you give a penny to help a deserving stranger attend college?<p>A plethora of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending services such as Kickstarter and Upstart have grown up in recent years to help you answer that Sally Struthers-esque question and to provide prospective college students with a …

One Bad Apple and the Soils of Injustice

First, I offer prayers of peace and healing for the family of Michael Brown. While one should not have to know what it is like to have a loved one shot and killed in order to have compassion and empathy for those who have, my family has lived this experience.<p>I do not approach this death in a vacuum …

We Need Parental Safety, Not Just Gun Safety

Left behind from the wake of the horrible tragedy that was the result of dumb parents letting their 9-year-old girl shoot an Uzi submachine gun, is a dead instructor whose wife is now a widow, a ruined little girl, and psycho Internet-trolls who believe that there was nothing wrong with this little …

Ferguson Protests Reach White House Doorstep With Call For Prosecutor To Resign

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of activists carried 900,000 petitions to the gates of the White House on Thursday afternoon demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder prosecute the white police officer who shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.<p>Gathering at the north entrance …

Acknowledging the Reality of Police Brutality

As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, move from headlines to history, I would like to say a few words about two very sensitive subjects: police brutality, and racism.<p>As we all know, recently a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri killed an unarmed African-American teenager. The police officer …

Five Signs We're Not a 'Post-Racial' Society

In the wake of the Ferguson shooting, a recent Pew poll finds that 47 percent of whites believe that "race is getting more attention than it deserves," with regards to the death of Michael Brown, while only 18 percent of African-Americans feel the same. Meanwhile, a similar Pew study found that …

Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

On Labor Day weekend, we bid the summer goodbye. Families picnic; children play hard, knowing the school year is upon them. Politicians pay tribute to workers and to the rewards of hard work.<p>But this Labor Day, workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the 21st century. …

The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black in America

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a brilliant, Black Ohio State University professor, recently opened the Educational Testing Service and Children’s Defense Fund co-sponsored symposium on Advancing Success for Black Men in College by sharing a question his 14-year-old son asked him: Why did he get in trouble …

Guns, Guns, Guns

Having been an outspoken critic of uncontrolled handgun distribution over the past 40 years and the way the Constitution has been twisted to justify reckless sales of deadly weapons, I am pleased to say that the arms industry and the distributors of deadly handguns have taken positive steps to …

Ferguson Police Chief, Now An International 'Bad Guy,' Wants To Help His City Move Forward

<i>This article was made possible in part by HuffPost readers through their support of the Ferguson Fellowship. Here's how you can back more reporting like this from Ferguson and St. Louis over the next year.</i><p>FERGUSON, Mo. -- Nearly three weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by one of his …

Friday Talking Points -- The Gender Gap

President Obama gave a press conference recently, and -- since it is still the political Silly Season -- got a lot of media attention. For what he was wearing. No, seriously. Washington was all a-twitter (or even a-Twitter) because Obama wore a suit that was not dark blue or black. While some may …

If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot

<b>For millions of Americans a towed car can lead to a crippling spiral of stress, debt, joblessness, illness and, in many cases, incarceration.</b><p>On a recent San Francisco afternoon, I returned to where I'd parked my car, but it was gone. A "No Parking" sign indicated that parking was prohibited after …

Darren Wilson Fundraisers End With Little Explanation

A fundraiser for a Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager has vanished, the LATimes pointed out.<p>There had been two major GoFundMe pages raising money for Darren Wilson, who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month. Combined, the fundraisers …

How Does Wilson Fire Six Shots, While Getting Beaten, Without Gunshot Residue on Michael Brown?

Darren Wilson might eventually be exonerated for the death of Michael Brown and there's a chance he indeed acted appropriately, at least in terms of self-defense, that fateful day. The law protects him, but it also allows the family of Michael Brown to inquire as to how their unarmed son was killed …

Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class.<p>It shouldn't be.<p>For one thing, a four-year liberal arts degree is hugely expensive. Too many young people …

The Other Marriage Discrimination

Same-sex couples who wish to marry are on a winning streak in the courts, and public polling reveals that marriage equality enjoys a higher level of support than at any time in the past. This increasing openness to different kinds of relationships and families provides an opportunity to think more …

School Absence Can Set Students Back Between 1 And 2 Years: Report

As the debate rages about the best way to fix America's public schools -- from heated rhetoric on the role of standardized testing to wonkier discussions about the intricacies of curricula -- a new report is arguing that reformers have overlooked a game-changing solution: addressing …

Controlling Language Controls the Euthanasia Debate

What happens when conservatives discover "political correctness?"<p>Recently the Discovery Institute, a front for creationist conservatives, posted a column complaining about the phrase "vegetable" being used to describe those who have lost cognitive functions.<p>They are using it in terms of Joan Rivers …

The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back

It's like facial recognition technology: if the features match up, you conclude, "It's the same guy."<p>So it is with the match between the force that drove us to Civil War more than a century and a half ago, and the force that has taken over the Republican Party in our times.<p><i>In both cases, we see an</i> …

Children of the Powwow: Changing The Way We See Native America

When I was invited to lead creative writing classes for elementary school children I discovered that the teachers, the children and their parents had a desire to learn more about American Indians.<p>Since November is National Native American Heritage month, too often teaching the rich histories of …

Our Freedoms Are Slowly Slipping Away

As Americans celebrated Labor Day and the freedom to provide for their families, let's hope they didn't spoil the holiday yesterday by pausing to consider whether government today is making their lives easier or more difficult.<p>To wit, the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, published by the <i>Wall Street</i> …

Europe Goes to War: September 1, 1939

This has been a year of big anniversaries - the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House and Capitol in Washington by British troops; the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Freedom Summer in Mississippi, the …