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Our readers are well aware that the majority of violent crimes in this country are committed by white people. But few Americans have been willing to point out how white culture has run amok in this country since the 1700s, when non-whites were often enslaved.

After he saw a crowd of white surfers riot in Huntington Beach, California, Gawker‘s Cord Jefferson decided he’d had enough. He took on white lawlessness in his post, “A Dangerous and Irresponsible Culture.”

Unlike white leaders who are too afraid to speak the truth to white people, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was willing to give Jefferson a forum on his show All In to urge a new era of responsibility from the people who brought this country Jersey Shore.

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Reprinted with permission from The American Prospect

The barriers to amending the Constitution are so high that I've long thought it pointless to pursue any reform that way. But after four years of Donald Trump, I've changed my mind. In fact, I'm suffering from a bout of what Kathleen Sullivan in 1995 in these pages called "constitutional amendmentitis."

Sullivan—later dean of Stanford Law School—used the term for conservatives' feverish advocacy of amendments in the mid-1990s. The amendments would have, among other things, imposed a balanced federal budget, limited congressional terms, authorized laws banning flag-burning, given the president a line-item veto, and outlawed abortion. It was a good thing those amendments didn't receive the necessary two-thirds approval in both houses of Congress, much less ratification by three-fourths of the states.

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