Since when did fairness become a dirty word? Here’s a recent Fox News segment in which I explain how President Obama’s second term agenda to ensure equal opportunity is fully in line with public opinion and our nation’s values:
Video courtesy of Fox News.
UPDATE: Thanks to Karoli at Crooks and Liars for her very flattering post about me and this segment. You can check it out here.
In an op-ed in today’s New York Daily News, I make the case for why Erika Menendez, the woman who allegedly pushed a Hindu man to his death in the subway, should NOT be charged with a hate crime:
It’s thus perplexing why, supposedly with the goal of rooting out bias within society in general, we would turn to a criminal justice system rife with prejudice. Enhanced sentencing under hate crime laws at best provides false comfort and at worst may compound injustice.
You can read the entire op-ed here.
I’ve launched a new video series, called POLITICAL Public Service Announcements (#PPSA for short) to share what I think are vital clarifications on key issues of the day. In the first in the series, I address the myth that progressives and Occupy activists hate wealth. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Check it out and please help spread it around:
Lately, I’ve found myself having to explain why Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” is dramatically different from women themselves using the term in so-called “Slut Walks”. Somewhere between the complex answer of a dissertation on Critical Race Theory and the overly simple response of a one-fingered salute is the following:
You can download this PDF here.
The protesters are not anti-American radicals. They are the defenders of the American Dream, the decision from the birth of our nation that success should be determined by hard work not royal bloodlines.
Riding the New York City subway at 5:30 am on a weekday is a radicalizing experience. Unlike 9:00 am when the trains are filled with middle class and upper middle class mostly white folks, headed to their good jobs with good or even great pay and reasonable work hours, the subway at 5:30 in the morning is filled with mostly black folks, most of them older — going to work at this ungodly hour not because they’re lazy but because this is all the work they can get.
The fact that black folks like those on this train get up earlier than white folks, on average nationwide commute longer and work later in life but are still disproportionately in dead end, low paying jobs is clearly not a function of laziness. No one on a subway train at 5:30 in the morning is lazy. They get up extra early find their seats in our broken system.
All the more reason to head to Zuccatti Park and defend the Occupy Wall Street eviction — for those who need justice but can’t get out of work.
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