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Keep the Cameras Rolling

Keep the Cameras Rolling

I have nothing clever to say about the events of the past week, but I want to say clearly that I am far more concerned about the loss of life than the loss of property and that I am so angered by that video of George Floyd being casually killed by a police officer that I cannot watch it without feeling physically sick. The right and wrong of the situation is so clear it is painful. All of the cops…

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How to be a Decent Person in America in 2020

How to be a Decent Person in America in 2020

Stay home as much as you can. Wave to your neighbors when you go outside. Give other people a lot of space: cede the sidewalk, use a different aisle, stand back, move your chair. Wear a mask in public places, especially indoors. If you can’t or won’t wear a mask, don’t go to places where masks are required and stay away from other people. Call your mother. Say no to some things. You don’t need to attend every Zoom meetup….

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I Believe in Brandt Jean

I Believe in Brandt Jean

I do know that my way is not the best way. Brandt Jean has the right idea. Nothing he does will bring his brother back. Forgiveness is healthier than holding on to a grudge. I believe his way is better, but I don’t even know how to get to where he is. I don’t believe I have the ability to be so gracious. I don’t believe I have the capacity for such kindness. When I see Amber Guyger, I see a woman who deserves whatever misery the world can send her.

Bad Poetry and Bad Politics

Bad Poetry and Bad Politics

What’s next for Cuccinelli, I wonder? He could revise Langston Hughes’s iconic poem “Let America Be America Again.” All he has to do is edit out a few inconvenient stanzas to make the poem read as a rallying cry for the MAGA crowd.

No One Here But Us Chickens

No One Here But Us Chickens

No one ought to work in substandard conditions just so we can all gorge ourselves on chicken wings while watching football. But the fact is, immigrants have been processing our chicken—and the rest of our food supply—for generations now. We’ve gotten spoiled, fat, and lazy off their labor.

Saint Joe on the Road to Hell

Saint Joe on the Road to Hell

The thing is, if your strength is the depth of your experience, you should make fewer mistakes than the new kids on the block. Joe has always been prone to gaffes. The only thing he’s proving on the campaign trail right now is that he’s a man who cannot evolve.

The Neo-Nazi at the Market

The Neo-Nazi at the Market

This weekend my husband, my mother and I decided to venture out to a holiday market on Denver’s Sixteenth Street Mall. We took the Light Rail downtown with a crush of Broncos fans. At the market we browsed the booths and indulged in a bit of hot cider, then settled in the beer garden tent for some live music. A banjo player from Boulder plucked and strummed while a dozen children ran, wiggled, and hopped across the dance floor. At…

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Mississippi, You Have the Power

Mississippi, You Have the Power

You have the power to propel Mississippi into the future, to show the world that the state is more than a bunch of racists longing for the good ole days. Because, let’s face it, for many Mississippians, the good ole days have yet to arrive.

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