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The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan in this February 7, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

Sometimes, Race Is More Distraction Than Explanation

As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.

April 24, 2016
Trump supporters (R) voice their opinions at anti-Trump protesters following a campaign rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Cleveland, Ohio, March 12, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

There Is No “Trump Voter” and It’s Dangerous to Think Otherwise

Even as the media continues to portray Trump supporters as ignorant poor people, it largely ignores what it means to be poor in America.

April 1, 2016
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Here We Go Again, Trash-Talking The Working Class

Every group has its “other.” For too many white intellectuals, it’s the working class.

January 28, 2016

Kids Who Don’t Go To College Also Matter

Why must we value the well-being of college kids over that of their lower-class peers?

September 25, 2014

College Students Can Protect Themselves From ‘Triggers’

Supposedly, students at some of our most prestigious universities find themselves confronted with existential challenges. Some are required to read books and watch films that could conceivably upset them emotionally. Hence many campuses are considering “trigger warnings” to alert the more delicate flowers against getting their little feelings hurt. “The warnings,” reports Jennifer Medina in […]

May 21, 2014

Study: Blacks, Latinos, Low-Income Live Closest To Dangerous Chemical Plants

by David Halperin, Republic Report A new study released Thursday finds that the Americans who live near hazardous chemical industrial facilities are disproportionately African American or Latino, are more likely to live in poverty, and have lower incomes and education levels than the national average.  These trends accelerate rapidly as one gets closer to the “fenceline” areas nearest dangerous […]

May 5, 2014

Neither Party Has A Claim On Pop Culture

Recently, I had the disconcerting experience of seeing Lady Mary Crawley on a Boeing 747. Costumed as a flight attendant, she was, and looking rather alarmed at the spectacle of that great Irish lout Liam Neeson heroically rampant in the passenger cabin with a pistol. As well she might be. It was only a 30-second […]

March 5, 2014