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Adam Lynch
Book bans continued this month with a brief effort by the Goddard school district, in Wichita, Kansas, to ban a list of books including well-known novels “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  The list, which was created and submitted by a...
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November is National Novel Writing Month and to celebrate Black Girl Times wants to shine a light on hard-working Black authors and the book industry they have to navigate.  There’s plenty of stirring work out there, from Angie Thomas to Toni Morrison, to the trend-setting science fiction of Octavia E. Butler and Rivers Solomon’s smash hit An Unkindness of...
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Businesses in southern states and nationwide are moving into the holiday season with a rash of vacancies on their sales and service teams. Restaurants across the U.S. have “Now Hiring” signs hanging in windows and doors, promising free food on the side, better wages, even help with college. So far, bosses and managers are still struggling to fill...
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It may shock you to know, many inmates in correctional facilities aren’t there to get reformed. They’re there because they do disruptive things. In fact, much of the U.S. prison population caught the bad end of an angry judge merely because of co-occurring substance use disorders or clinical challenges, coupled with legal and poverty-related disadvantages....
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Primarily white GOP lawmakers intend to blow $400 million of their $2.1 billion allotment from the federal pandemic rescue plan to build two 4,000-bed prisons, plus a women’s correctional facility. U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, called the diversion an abuse of funds, claiming it “will particularly harm communities of color who are already disproportionately impacted by over-incarceration and this public health crisis.” Nadler then asked the U.S. treasury department to disrupt the blatant “misuse” of pandemic-related funding by any state, particularly Alabama. 
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In this country, names matter. Using the word “inmate” on a wrongfully imprisoned 14-year-old reduces that child to an evil-sounding statistic that deserves everything “it” has coming to “it.” This also holds true when it’s used on a person serving time for possessing a plant that’s legal to possess in many states. That’s the argument...
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White Mississippi leaders are digging their heels in on refusing to expand Medicaid in the state, despite the resulting financial fallout and health problems. With a mountain of evidence favoring expansion critics are beginning to look past the opposition’s illogic and seeing something else in all the stubbornness. Some detect the specter of racism.  “I can’t speak to these political leaders or their motivation (for refusing to expand Medicaid)...
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Those financial benefits are precisely why Black community leaders keep invitations open to potential polluters. The money is still good, despite coming at a cost to African American neighbors. The U.S. Census reports the city of Gloster is more than 80 percent Black. More than half the town’s residents also live below the poverty line. Drax...
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Part of The Lighthouse’s celebration of its fifth birthday includes celebrating Black women, and this summer there were four glorious women who swung them knuckles and put some folks in their place. This includes … U.S. Rep Ayanna Pressley, who got up in President Joe Biden’s DOJ for trying to bring back the death penalty....
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An article the Lighthouse produced on Haiti’s recent travails took an unexpected turn last month. Our focus had begun with the damage of colorism in Haiti, but it could not possibly stay a “Haitian story,” not with all the similarities and parallels between the little island nation and the U.S. For starters, multiple sources we’d...
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