Niles Abston

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Here's what happened when these colleges ditched SAT scores

Bombed the SAT? Not to worry.<p>A growing number of schools -- about 850 and counting -- no longer require applicants to submit their scores. And college officials say that a test-optional policy helps them attract strong applicants that may not have previously applied -- including students of color, …

College & University

The American Dream Is Dead: Here’s Where It Went

The U.S. ranks among the lowest of developed countries for upward mobility, despite clinging to the mythology of Horatio Alger.<p>Look at a list of rags-to-riches billionaires, from Oprah to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, from immigrant investor George Soros to Jay-Z, and you’ll see a common thread. …

College & University

Scott Walker is America’s biggest hypocrite: The “fiscal conservative” is giving $450 million to wealthy sports owners

As Walker attempts to win the hearts of “small government conservatives,” there’s something they should know<p>Tomorrow, Scott Walker will stand on a stage at State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and betray virtually every conservative economic principle there is by handing out up to $450 million …

Milwaukee Bucks

Dear White America: I know it’s hard, but you have to acknowledge what’s happening in this country

One year after Michael Brown was killed, we’re finally talking about privilege. But we need to do even more<p>As we mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of young Mike Brown and the uprisings it sparked in Ferguson, much-needed conversations about race that have occurred as a result are …

Michael Jordan

Rand Paul: Income Inequality Comes From 'Some People Working Harder' Than Others

Asked if his flat tax plan would further separate the haves from the have-nots, GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) said Sunday that income inequality is the result of some Americans working harder than others, rather than economic policies.<p>"The thing is, income inequality is due to some …

Income Inequality

'Things will never be the same': the oral history of a new civil rights movement

One year ago, the world turned to Ferguson. From mourning emerged a coalition of activists proclaiming that black lives matter and fighting for life and love. The Guardian spoke to 18 leaders about what has changed and what has not ... yet<p><b>Saturday 9 August 2014: ‘</b>Oh my God, they left him in the …

Justice

Meritocracy is a massive lie: Race, inheritance and the the truth about the rigged American dream

Upward mobility has become a mirage: Rich have never had more wealth, the rest of us have never had so much debt<p>Once a process of economic polarization begins, it is very hard to turn it around. Attitudes harden, fear grows on fear; as people polarize geographically, they begin to know less and …

Income Inequality