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  • Defending No Child Left Behind? Education Reform Hits the DNC

    By Molly Knefel, Truthout | News Analysis

    2016.7.28.EdReform.main"If Democratic education reformers really do believe they're fighting for civil rights, they should direct their blame not at teachers unions and economic justice activists, but at the devastating sight of an empty public school building up for sale to the highest bidder," writes Molly Knefel. (Photo: peoplesworld / Flickr)

    Education reformers like to identify as civil rights advocates, but teachers, parents, students, union organizers and public school advocates argue that their emphasis needs to go beyond testing and school closures to addressing educational inequality.

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  • Riding Trump's Wave, Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Runs for Senate

    Riding Trump's Wave, Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Runs for Senate

    By Bill Berkowitz, Truthout | News Analysis

    On the heels of the Republican Party's Convention, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, promising to be a voice for "European Americans," threw his hat into the ring to run for the Louisiana Senate seat vacated by the retiring scandal-plagued David Vitter. The climate of fear, bigotry and xenophobia stoked by the Republican Party has enabled former Duke to re-enter mainstream politics.

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  • Who Would Trayvon Have Been? Becoming a Black Man in the United States

    Who Would Trayvon Have Been? Becoming a Black Man in the United States

    By Mychal Denzel Smith, Nation Books | Book Excerpt

    I tried to imagine who Trayvon would have been on February 26, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and beyond. The things he would have seen, the world he would have known, how he would have created himself. When you're introduced to a martyr as a result of their death, they aren't a whole person. They are a name and a story. They are a set of symbols and projections.

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