Sunday, July 30, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
When President Donald Trump was a candidate, he pledged his support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people immediately after the mass shooting last summer at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“They have been through something that nobody could ever experience,” Trump said at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, on June 13, 2016, delivering a hastily drafted speech that was originally intended to be about Hillary Clinton.
“Ask yourself who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community, Donald Trump with actions or Hillary Clinton with her words?” he said. “I will tell you who the better friend is, and someday I believe that will be proven out, big-league.”
Such proof did not come Wednesday. But the president’s words were repeated with anger and frustration by a number of gay rights advocates who were angered by Trump’s abrupt decision to bar transgender people from any military job.
“We’re seeing the president’s true colors,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “This is who he is.”
Friday, July 28, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The US Justice Department on Wednesday argued in a major federal lawsuit that a 1964 civil rights law doesn’t protect gay workers from discrimination, thereby diverging from a separate, autonomous federal agency that had supported the gay plaintiff’s case.
The Trump administration’s filing is unusual in part because the Justice Department isn’t a party in the case, and the department doesn’t typically weigh in on private employment lawsuits.
But in an amicus brief filed at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, lawyers under Attorney General Jeff Sessions contend that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans sex discrimination, does not cover sexual orientation.
"The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination," says the Justice Department's brief. "It does not, as has been settled for decades. Any efforts to amend Title VII’s scope should be directed to Congress rather than the courts."
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
In “Stamped From the Beginning,” Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning chronicle of racist ideas, the author moves past racism and anti-racism to call out the “assimilationists” throughout the nation’s history, those who have sought to combat racial disparities but have found fault in both oppressors and oppressed.
And Carol Anderson’s “White Rage,” which received the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism, contends that, since emancipation, black breakthroughs have been followed by white backlashes, usually with the imprimatur of courts and legislatures.
I don’t foresee Roy L. Brooks’s “The Racial Glass Ceiling” receiving similar attention, nor should it; this is a less gripping or ambitious work, and its prose is often dense and meandering. But the book offers a provocative counterpoint to the country’s current debates over race.
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Monday, July 24, 2017
THERE’S a popular theory that people watch reality TV to see others humiliated — by sarcastic judges, malicious contestants, cheating partners and challenges designed to defeat them.
But that is not the reason record numbers of Australians are tuning into the phenomenon that is Ninja Warrior.
Sure, we gasp, laugh or scream when an elite athlete face-plants in the water — and we quietly reassure ourselves that everyone is human, even these finest specimens of fitness — but that’s only part of a broader allure.
At a time when some reality TV programs are being punted out of prime-time slots — Channel 7’s Little Big Shots and Channel 9’s The Last Resort spring to mind — Ninja Warrior is rating its sports socks off for Nine.
Sister shows in the US, UK and its birthplace of Japan have done the same.
Why? Aside from the sheer athleticism that astounds, it’s because we are empathetic.
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Sunday, July 23, 2017
Between the Russia scandal and the legislative impotence, I keep hearing from people who are demoralized and exhausted from the mind-numbing whirlwind of news and controversy confronting us each day.
It feels like America is going through a very difficult time, but we already have been through a lot in our history. From time to time, it’s important to reflect on our past, lest we indulgently believe that these times are uniquely bad
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Wages for most American workers have remained basically stagnant for decades, but a new report published on Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that the CEOs of America's largest firms have seen their pay soar at a consistent and "outrageous" clip.
Between 1978 and 2016, CEO pay rose by 937 percent, EPI's Lawrence Mishel and Jessica Schieder found. By contrast, the typical worker saw "painfully slow" compensation growth—11.2 percent over the same period.
"Simply put, money that goes to the executive class is money that does not go to other people." —Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy InstituteTo keep reading this article, click here.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Students who feel better about themselves, their relationships, and their ability to constructively contribute to their community perform better academically and socially at school.
This data, collected by a review of over 300 studies, would surprise no educator, anywhere.
As global educators, we observe firsthand the qualitative impact that a sense of wellbeing and a positive mindset can have on educational outcomes. Fortunately, recent attention to the quantitative research on social-emotional learning (SEL) has provided many schools with a framework to help.