John Oliver Pulls No Punches on the Police

Dear FSM, how did I miss this when it was first aired? I can’t believe I managed to miss what must have been hundreds of tweets with this link, just from the people I follow, but somehow I did. For anyone else who didn’t see it yet. This is the sound of a comedian realizing he has to be much more than that, and putting his audience on notice that they do, too. We do. All of us. Deeply...

99th Anniversary

On this day in 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre began. In the middle of the night, the Tulsa police formally requested that the National Guard assist them in quelling what they called a “Negro uprising.” As they awaited the National Guard, they let Greenwood burn. Thirty-five blocks of Greenwood were razed that night. 1,256 homes and 191 businesses were destroyed. 10,000 black people were left...

Biden’s Gaffes and Rumsfeld’s Law

Friday morning, Joe Biden said something stupid on live national television. Well, on the internet. Most weeks, this would typically only be recognizable as "Friday," given the gaffes-per-day pace of ol' Gaffe Machine Joe. But this time, it was about the real third rail of American politics -- not Social Security, as the original formulation had it, but race. On a radio interview with popular...

How We Lose, AKA Washout Wednesday

Yesterday was Super Tuesday, 2016 edition. As expected, on the GOP side Donald Trump continued smashing his way into both the nomination and the nightmares of the people who keep telling us they’re “moderate” or “traditional” Republicans who’ve nonetheless spent the last fifteen-plus years coddling the very culture that inevitably would give rise to someone like Trump: winking and...

You Are What You Think (And Read)

On this particularly bleak morning-after, if you want your blood to boil, you can read Darren Wilson explain why he killed Michael Brown. Or you could simply skip it. You already know what it says. You’ve heard every word before, in other situations that are all too similar.Instead, it isn’t just recommended, it’s necessary for us - especially if you are white - to go back to...