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October 2nd, 2014
thesmithian
September 12th, 2014
thesmithian

"Comics have a great capacity to bring light and understanding in a way that dense prose can’t always do—and it’s hard to get denser than the Warren Report…"

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September 12th, 2014
thesmithian

'America’s racial underclass, the off-the-grid hustlers and entrepreneurs who many Black elites ignore or demonize, rarely sees political leaders of any color advocating for them…'

The divide, while generational on the surface, is also fueled by class, as young people with education, networks and access tend to view politics as a long-term process – one that comes with victories, but also compromise and setbacks. Millions of young Blacks have no entrée to the nuances of American democracy and racial struggle. Their world is more painfully straightforward and wrenching—Black folks get shot in the streets with no hope of justice.

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September 12th, 2014
thesmithian
…a community’s ‘soul’ is not just some ineffable or magical quality. Urban planning and local laws actually affect it.
September 12th, 2014
thesmithian

The show revolves around the last major speech Dr. King gave, April 4th, 1967, one year to the day before he was assassinated.

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August 17th, 2014
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you…actually seem to believe…that it is plausible for a sworn and armed officer to kill a citizen and do so in anonymity.
August 4th, 2014
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Albert Shen has been appointed by the White House as the Deputy Director of Minority Business Development Agency…

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August 3rd, 2014
thesmithian

…examines the four turbulent years from 1972 to 1976, the bridge from Nixon’s very visible demise to Reagan’s increasingly visible triumph. All three have a trademark style. They are prodigiously researched; they are long; they are funny; and, in their zeal for narrative, they owe more to the high-quality journalism of a David Halberstam or a Theodore White than to the footnoting, the theorizing, and the narrowed focus of academic historical writing. In addition, Perlstein’s…books trace a single argumentthat the conservative movement divided the nation.

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July 27th, 2014
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…it turns out that this bloody road we walk…is not as cyclical as we may have once thought. This road is not a circle, it’s a downward spiral, leading to new lows, which, I’m sad to say, we’ll be unlucky enough to experience.
July 19th, 2014
thesmithian

"Elected officials…it can be Democrat, Republican, from any background, from any part of the country—take their oaths and all of a sudden are surrounded by people who only tell them what they want to hear…They only hear good news and become insulated from the public. Often they don’t even believe their own polling numbers because of their profound self-assurance. This kind of thinking can easily lead to arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Some people lose their moral compass. Some never had one…[Ray] Nagin ran for office with the best of intentions. His lack of political experience was a plus as a candidate, but a deficit as mayor. His fall has been a disappointment not only to the city but also to so many who supported him and had high hopes for him."

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"Elected officials…it can be Democrat, Republican, from any background, from any part of the country—take their oaths and all of a sudden are surrounded by people who only tell them what they want to hear…They only hear good news and become insulated from the public. Often they don’t even believe their own polling numbers because of their profound self-assurance. This kind of thinking can easily lead to arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Some people lose their moral compass. Some never had one…[Ray] Nagin ran for office with the best of intentions. His lack of political experience was a plus as a candidate, but a deficit as mayor. His fall has been a disappointment not only to the city but also to so many who supported him and had high hopes for him."

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