After several centuries of brutal anti-black racism and structural white privilege, apparently 50 years of modest civil rights progress was too unbearable for many “aggrieved” white people. Gutting the Voting Rights Act, weakening Affirmative Action and the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws are each part of an unmistakable conservative effort to return all of America to a pre-civil rights, antebellum confederacy where “states rights,” judicial nullification and Jim Crow etiquette are the norm. Again.

Never underestimate the brutality of privilege and the constant need to be be advantaged by conservative white Americans.

(via recall-all-republicans)

conspiracytheorist79:

The party of Benghazi, repeal Obamacare, and sham House scandal hearing say BO is playing politics?  http://t.co/61EGaxsodZ  #GOP via @MorinToon

#republican #extinction

conspiracytheorist79:

The party of Benghazi, repeal Obamacare, and sham House scandal hearing say BO is playing politics?  http://t.co/61EGaxsodZ  #GOP via @MorinToon

#republican #extinction

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Conservative Justices Are Out Of Touch: Anthony Kennedy Would Melt In Real World

"The decision was written by Anthony Kennedy, who lives in that wonderful world where the law is a pure crystal stream running through green meadows, unsullied by the grit and silt that piles up in the actual lives of actual human beings…. What we are seeing, over and over again, is what happens when you combine the inebriate effect of American Exceptionalism in the philosophy of the law. Race does not exist as an issue in our country anymore because we have overcome it, because we are America and , therefore, Exceptional.” - Charles Pierce

Shorter white Justices: Correcting the effects of racism prolongs racism by giving racists more reasons to be racist.

It is time we put TV cameras in the Supreme Court. These assholes can no longer hide. We need to see and hear the people who are changing America for the worse.

States That Forbid Affirmative Action See Significant Drop In Black and Hispanic Enrollment

"In a fractured decision…, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities. The 6-to-2 ruling effectively endorsed similar measures in seven other states. It may also encourage more states to enact measures banning the use of race in admissions or to consider race-neutral alternatives to ensure diversity. States that forbid affirmative action in higher education, like Florida and California, as well as Michigan, have seen a significant drop in the enrollment of black and Hispanic students in their most selective colleges and universities….

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in the longest, most passionate and most significant dissent of her career, said the Constitution required special vigilance in light of the history of slavery, Jim Crow and ‘recent examples of discriminatory changes to state voting laws.’ Her opinion, longer than the four other opinions combined, appeared to reflect her own experiences….”

Where is the collective “What the fuck?” outcry? This is not a theory. This is empirical evidence. How the fuck do we allow popular vote to decide the protections of a minority? Jim Crow all over again.

The big idea of ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ is that we haven’t just gone back to nineteenth-century levels of income inequality, we’re also on a path back to “patrimonial capitalism,” in which the commanding heights of the economy are controlled not by talented individuals but by family dynasties.

Paul Krugman

[Thomas] Piketty suggests that the very size of inherited fortunes in a way makes them invisible: “Wealth is so concentrated that a large segment of society is virtually unaware of its existence, so that some people imagine that it belongs to surreal or mysterious entities.” 

Those mysterious entities now have the unlimited contributions needed to influence elections thanks to the right wing Supreme Court

Laws are to protect and to have enforcable consequences.

Gun extremists think a criminal’s indifference should dictate gun laws.

Laws are to protect and to have enforcable consequences.

Gun extremists think a criminal’s indifference should dictate gun laws.

latimes:

Since 2004, the amount of money owed by U.S. college graduates entering the workforce has more than tripled. 
Graphic: Doug Stevens / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

Since 2004, the amount of money owed by U.S. college graduates entering the workforce has more than tripled

Graphic: Doug Stevens / Los Angeles Times

The relevant question is not how much a CEO contributes to the company. That is not how economics works. After all, how much does the firefighter contribute who rescues three kids from a burning house? We don’t pay our hero firefighters multimillion dollar salaries. We pay firefighters on the basis of how much it costs to hire another firefighter who can also do the job.

The question is how much does the CEO contribute compared with the next person in line for the job? Given the experience of large corporations in other countries, there is every reason to believe that there are lots of next people who could do the job as well or better and for much less.

Opinion: Time to rein in grossly overpaid CEOs: Company directors need to be held more accountable (via aljazeeraamerica)

The CEO/Shareholder dynamic allows for great inequality and has sent many jobs overseas and American factories to their demise.

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