A.J. Delgado: Racism in Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Finale? - Why did HBO make a conscious choice to portray the slaves almost exclusively as brown and black, particularly when the book does not describe them as such and, on the contrary, notes the slaves of Yunkai hail from all over and thus reflect a variety of ethnicities? Next time the casting director should consider the culturally insensitive effect of their depictions.
Javier Manjarres: Like Obama, Wasserman Schultz Changes Position on Surveillance Programs – Top Democrats are now distancing themselves from President Obama’s support of the NSA seizing millions of phone records from Verizon customers. Wasserman Schultz voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act’s roving wiretaps (2011), YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US (2008), and YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight (April 2006). While Congresswoman Schultz says she didn’t vote for government surveillance programs, her record indicates otherwise.
Jose L. Fulgencio: The immigration reform headache – Immigration reform is a topic that Republicans wish would disappear. Democrats want the issue to continue so the party can be political heroes to the millions of undocumented immigrants. As long as opportunities exist in the U.S., immigrants will do what it takes to reach prosperity. Only American economic collapse or a rich and stable Mexico, with a burgeoning middle class and ample opportunity, will stop the flow.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: Plan B and the End of Innocence – For one brief shining moment, I was grateful for an Obama-administration decision, appealing a judge’s insistence that Plan B be available to any age. We are talking about girls. Children. Alas, the Obama administration has dropped its opposition to the drug’s universal availability. Hasn’t this gotten a little out of control when we’re talking about “all ages”? Is there any innocence left? Don’t we want to give that gift to the children in our lives?
Silvio Canto Jr: Let the House pick up the pieces of the immigration reform bill – The House will be voting on several “stand alone” proposals, from “border security” to “guest worker visas” to the young “Dreamers”. The House’s approach will make it easier to find bipartisanship. Don’t worry if the Senate can’t get 60 votes. The reality is that the future of a sensible immigration bill is in the House!
Raynard Jackson: Being an Asset to Our Community – Being Black in the context of politics is a great asset to be valued, not one that should be hid. Minority operatives are able to work within their respective communities, but also have the added skills of being able to function with the non-minority community also.
Herman Cain: A New Tax Code: Here Are the Choices – It is way past time to stop talking about replacing the tax code, and to start talking about what to replace it with. Replacing the tax code is one of the most critical changes this nation can make in order to super-charge our economy, put power back in the hands of the people, eliminate a $400 billion-a-year compliance cost on us, and eliminate the corruption and intimidation of the IRS. The escape plan for tax code freedom is to unite behind one of the great plans: The Fair Tax, the Flat Tax, or the 9-9-9 Plan.
Anthony Bradley: George Wallace, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Black Voting – In 1963, Governor George Wallace became a national symbol for racial segregation by blocking the doors of a schol to physically prevent the integration of Alabama schools. In his written proclamation defending his actions, there was no mention of a radicalized motivation for blocking the doors, but rather a defense of limited government and states’ rights. It reads as a defense of liberty and the sovereignty of states to operate without the meddling of the federal government. It reads as a defense of representative government-a defense of federalism. It reads as a defense for liberty. Much of the language, though, was prematurely associated with “racism” in the minds of many blacks in the south. Those seeking to promote liberty in African American contexts need to be aware of this.
Alton Drew: #College admission shouldn’t be about #extracurricular activities – Now more than ever, young people will be required to show how creative they are in order to land work, whether it takes the form of a job (whatever that is) a freelance contract; or starting their own going concern. Creativity is what dries an economy yet we have parents still buying into the “busy is best” mentality and poisoning their kids’ mindsets with it.