Month: April 2016

If you’ve served your time, you should vote

Of all the consequences of the nation’s decades-long infatuation with building more and more prisons and locking up more and more citizens, perhaps the most curious is this: more than four million Americans who have been released from prison have lost their right to vote, according to the non-profit Sentencing Project. Even after men and…
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Harriet Tubman’s valuable $20

The journey toward a more perfect union was quickened with the announcement that Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, Union spy and activist for women’s suffrage, will grace the front of the $20 bill. The Tubman twenty will be unveiled in 2020, timed to honor the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. She will be the first woman on…
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When a black man kills another

Barney Simms, a retired government bureaucrat and civic leader, was murdered at his Atlanta home on April 9, shot dead in his front yard, his car stolen. Police have arrested 17-year-old Eric Banks, who, like Simms, is black. On the same day in New Orleans, retired NFL stand-out Will Smith was shot dead, apparently a…
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