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The Lighthouse
United States Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-Mass.), recently introduced a bill to slow the school-to-prison pipeline plaguing minority students, particularly in the South. Pressley’s PUSHOUT Act (Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-Based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma) follows a documentary released by filmmaker Dr. Monique W. Morris, PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,...
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Regardless of how you view former Democratic Presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) record on police body cams and legal marijuana, a fierce and intelligent Black woman had to bow out of the presidential race last month. It should also be noted two money-choked, white, male billionaires continued to cruise along in the...
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The U.S. Congress now has more minorities and women serving in it than at any point in its past, arguably thanks to a divisive, racist and sexist president. This month, those women took a stand against the U.S. war machine. On Jan. 3, President Donald Trump arbitrarily assassinated the appointed official of a legitimate foreign...
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White Americans generally think U.S. democracy is tough and durable. Groups whose vote protection has only been legally enforced within the last 6 decades, however, know better. Observant politicos know that real democracy is a delicate thing that breaks like a glass hammer, if you don’t protect it. And all over the world, right now,...
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Last week, the nice lady who lets me do research for The Lighthouse (that would be Natalie) asked me to put into writing how it was that I “handle being the only white person in the room.” My first reaction was to wonder why the question was even necessary.“Mixing easily with non-whites should be effortless...
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The soil is dark and rich in Mississippi, much like its history. Agriculture accounts for over one-third of exports in the state. However, 1 in 4 children in Mississippi do not know where their next meal will come from and much of the rural state lives in a perpetual food deficit. It was reported in...
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Republican state Rep. Robert Foster gave social media a glimpse of American Sharia this month when he refused to allow a reporter access to his campaign during the height of the campaign season. The crime? Being a woman. Foster, a Tea Party gubernatorial candidate known for calling “anyone who votes Dem[ocrat] in 2018 … either...
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While white, male legislators across the U.S. are doing everything they can to reduce young rape victims to chattel by restricting abortion access and giving their rapists custody rights, the fact of the matter is that men—here and abroad—view family planning and a woman’s right to bodily autonomy as a necessity. Consider an opinion shared...
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In 2013, the conservative Supreme Court hamstrung the Voting Rights Act by destroying preclearance and removing authoritarian Southern states from a federal watch list. Practically the very next day, Southern legislatures could not wait to ratchet up their war on minority vote participation. Tennessee Republicans are apparently still squealing with delight. This session, they’re acting...
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Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) from “Full House” done got indicted and turned herself in, y’all. If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, a gang (🤨) of celebrities have gotten arrested for a scam that many of us wouldn’t have ever fathomed was possible, let alone had enough money to engage in the pay-for-play...
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