Aliiez Lens 2018-06-11T21:06:45+00:00

New School: New Fears

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Each year when summer draws to an end and my four children prepare for the beginning of the school year, like many mothers who work from home, [...]

Does The GOP Have A Future?

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After Mitt Romney lost his Presidential election bid in 2012, the Republican National Committee released an election “autopsy report” which detailed what the party needed to do [...]

The Unwitting Spy

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It has the markings of a great thriller, but it’s not fiction. Anthropologist Katherine Verdery’s memoir, My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File [...]

Maxine Waters Is Right

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Maxine Waters is right. We are living in a time of rage. Those that benefit from their white privilege are raging against change. They are inspiring the [...]

The 2020 Democratic Primary Winner Will Be Determined By The South

There is quite a bit of talk about how the 2020 Democratic nomination will be all about candidates in the mold of Bernie Sanders. The narrative goes something like this: Bernie Sanders supposedly gained momentum from his 2016 primary loss to Hillary Clinton, and his national popularity now makes him the frontrunner for 2020. This narrative has become pervasive throughout political media, but there are a few big problems with it. First, popularity polls years out from the primary contest mean virtually nothing. After all, it was only five years ago when Hillary Clinton was named the most popular politician in the United States—with 61% of Americans approving of the former Secretary of State. The next problem with the Sanders 2020 [...]

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White Parents, Black Children

I am not unique. There are other white women who are mothers of Black children. Some are adopted, as are mine, others are biological. What we share is that we have an obligation, one that often goes unrecognized and unfulfilled. We, just like Black women, must prepare our children for the experience of being a person of color in a white man’s world. Recognizing that there is an undeniable, pervasive, institutionalized perception that Black people’s lives are not as valuable has to be the first step in addressing the unique needs of raising children who are not white. To ignore it, to suggest that the best approach is to raise them among white people, so they know how to “blend-in” or [...]

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