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America’s Surprising Views on Income Inequality

As a whole, the population of the United States is wealthier today than it has ever been. But, as has often been reported, the relative increases haven’t been uniform. In 1970, the top ten per cent of the population earned a third of the total national income. By 2012, it earned half. According to …

Yep, race really did Trump economics: A data dive on his supporters reveals deep racial animosity

<b>Donald Trump; Memorial to Michael Brown (AP/Evan Vucci/Charles Rex)</b><p>Still think economic anxiety and trade policy were the big factors in Trump’s win? Data suggests otherwise<p>Sean McElwee<p>November 13, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Donald Trump is the president-elect. As with any event of such historical …

A Donald Trump presidency may provoke more bullying in schools

<b>FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012 file photo, a student at Indian Lake Elementary in Kalamazoo, Mich., boards a bus on the first day of school. Bullying is a “serious public health problem,” and should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids, a leading panel of experts warned</b> …

Donald Trump

Arguments over the appropriation of culture have deep roots

College students in blackface. A white chef telling people how to eat Vietnamese pho. Students of color who consider bad sushi in the dining hall to be a cultural insult. A white writer writing about nonwhite people in a clumsy fashion. These are some of the incidents of "cultural appropriation," …

This is what happens when high school boys are treated like women in Congress

Men make up 80 percent of congress. The huge gender gap in government allows men to vote on issues that heavily impact women’s lives. Sounds pretty …

Magic: The Gathering and the Importance of Inclusive Fantasy

Like science fiction, fantasy is supposed to be a fictional space that explores the possibilities for humanity, which includes <i>everyone</i>. But …

Women of Color

I Was a CIA Whistleblower. Now I’m a Black Inmate. Here’s How I See American Racism.

I do not like prison. No one should.<p>It is a strenuous, unceasing effort to cope with the ordeal of being incarcerated at a federal prison. I find …

True Love

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"Jane pours her gorgeous figure into a tight dress, slips into her stiletto-heeled f---me shoes, and checks herself in the dresser mirror." Thanks to the Twitter account set up by American film producer Ross Putnam earlier this year, many are now familiar with the verbal droppings – excreted by …

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Spend any length of time in the United States and you realise that the Star-Spangled Banner is not an anthem to be dishonoured lightly. It resounds not merely at great occasions of state but as a prelude to every game in the land, such is its lyrical glorification of all that Americans hold dear: …

‘Hidden Figures’ author tells the story of the black women who helped win the space race

Somewhere tonight, a little girl will be tucked in and told that she is “loved to the moon and back.”<p>She may begin, before drifting into dreamland, …

An Effective but Exhausting Alternative to High-School Suspensions

In December 2013, Colleen Walsh, a social-studies teacher at Leadership and Public Service High School in Manhattan’s Financial District, called one of the school’s four deans in charge of discipline. She had just had a short, heated dispute in the hallway with a 17-year-old student who had his …

Winona Ryder shows why we need more angry, rebellious women in pop culture

Back in the 1980s, Winona Ryder didn’t so much burst onto the scene as rage onto it. Of the many characteristics that define her turn as <i>Heathers</i>’ disaffected protagonist Veronica Sawyer (sardonic, intelligent, empathetic, and judgmental), one of the most unusual is simply “angry.” Fictional women …

Feminism

James Blake Taps Vince Staples for Silky ‘Timeless’ Remix

James Blake recruited Vince Staples for a remix of “Timeless,” a track from his latest LP, <i>The Colour in Anything</i>. “Motion leave me motor sick/ …

Vince Staples

I cannot take Nate Parker rape allegations lightly

Twenty-four years ago I was raped at gunpoint in the cold, dark backroom of the Payless shoe store where I was then working. Two years ago I signed on to a brilliant script called "The Birth of a Nation," to play a woman who was raped. One month ago I was sent a story about Nate Parker, the very …

The Deadpan Passion Of Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’

In the new FX series <i>Atlanta</i>, Donald Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a twentysomething striver stuck in a dead-end sales job. When Earn’s cousin, Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Bryan Tyree Henry), starts to make his mark as a rapper, Earn hears opportunity knock. Earn believes riches are in his future …

TV

Teju Cole is one of our greatest thinkers. This passage from his new book shows why.

<i>Known and Strange Things</i>, a new collection of essays by Teju Cole, is a testament to its author’s voracious consumption of culture. Cole is a novelist, art historian, and photographer, and his essays run the gamut of his obsessions. Over the course of the book, he describes havingdinner with the …

Literature

The new generation of poets mastering DIY culture

Poetry and spoken word have seen a slow-burn surge in popularity recently. From Ashlee Haze’s emotionally charged voice on the opening track of Blood Orange’s <i>Freetown Sound</i><i>,</i> to Jesse William’s BET awards acceptance speech (which began as a typical audience address but finished somewhere much closer …

Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery

Before a preseason game on Friday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” …

Black History

Teachers and Students Occupy Schools in the Shadow of Olympic Rio

In the shadows of both the 2016 Rio Olympics and a political impeachment/coup that rocked the world, a struggle took place in Brazil with more …

Brazil

In The Era Of Peak TV, These Are The New Fall Shows You Absolutely Need To Check Out

TV overload<p>It is undeniable: We are currently living through the era of Peak TV. If you live for plot twists, character development, and cliff-hangers, then there's no better time to be alive. But for even the most endurance-tested bingers, the overload of shows can be maddening. And as if to …

The Superman Crossover That Perfectly Explained White Privilege Decades Ago

An alien ship lands on Earth. Its occupant gets raised as human, hiding special abilities for fear of reprisal. But when the superpowered …

5 Common Behaviors Cis Men May Not Realize Are Abusive (And How To Stop Them)

<i>Originally published on Everyday Feminism.</i><p><i>Note: While people of many genders -- including cis men, trans men, genderqueer people, etc. -- can perpetuate toxic masculinity, this article specifically addresses cisgender men from the perspective of a cis man. At Everyday Feminism, we encourage writers</i> …

Islamophobia in the age of Trump

“IF YOU cuss,” said the chairman of Newton County’s commissioners at the beginning of a public meeting on August 22nd, “I’m going to ask you to go …

Religion