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Scrap Papers: Junot Shows Our Girl Octavia Some Love
By Lucinda Holt
I’ve recently developed an especially soft spot for Junot Diaz. In an interview withThe New York Times yesterday, he was asked which three writers he would invite to a dinner party of writers. Of course there are many, many writers he could have chosen, but I was delighted that one of the writers was Octavia Butler— Read more...

 

National: Military Weapons for All?
By Lucinda Holt
I grew up in Texas—a state proud of its gun culture and steeped in the belief that one is not truly free unless one has the right to protect him-or herself with a gun. But I’ve never fired a gun or even held one in my hand. I’ve heard family stories of my grandmother or great-aunt wielding a pistol after some man has done her wrong. Read more...

 

Scrap Papers: John Lewis—A Beacon for Voting Rights Continues to Shine
By Sheryl Wright
Many of us are familiar with “Bloody Sunday,”—a seminal day in the lead-up to President Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On that day, March 7, 1965, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), then the head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was beaten by state troopers as he helped lead a voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama. Read more...
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Jul312011

Let's Have That Conversation!

People Who Think Like That Should Not Be Allowed to Speak on Our Air?

SherylI received an email action to sign a petition calling on MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan for his recent article in The American Conservative regarding the Norway massacre. I had heard several snippets about Buchanan’s comments, but I hadn't really paid close attention to the particulars. The petition made me think of Nichole’s article about free speech and the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Westboro Baptist Church case.  After reading the articleand yes, it is a classic case of Buchanan xenophobiaI am not sure if I am going to sign the petition. What is the point of having him fired? Read more...

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