When Mexicans crossed our border to feed Americans in need

The 45-vehicle convoy crossed the border at Laredo at dawn on Sept. 8 and arrived in San Antonio later that day. The only glitch was that the USDA would not allow the Mexicans to serve the beef they had brought because they couldn’t prove it had been produced in a mad-cow-free facility. Undeterred — and … Continue reading When Mexicans crossed our border to feed Americans in need

Since When is the Hijab a Pillar of Islam? – Via MuslimGirl

This obsession with the hijab within the Muslim community is detrimental to a woman’s spiritual health because it sends the message that covering her body is far more important than any other component of her Islamic identity.  It implies that her personal relationship with God, her intellect and character, her treatment of others, and her … Continue reading Since When is the Hijab a Pillar of Islam? – Via MuslimGirl

What Should “Racism” Mean?

I hope that every white person reads this so they can understand that racism is not narrowly defined and that one can be guilty of it without being consciously aware of it. Please read and share!

The Weekly Sift

There’s a type of faux scandal that’s been happening … well, I haven’t exactly kept track, but it seems like there’s a new one every month or two. They all fit this pattern: President Obama does something that symbolically asserts his status as president, and the right-wing press gets outraged by how he’s “disrespecting” something-or-other related to the presidency.

So, for example, in January, 2010 this photo caused FoxNation.com to ask whether Obama was “disrespecting the Oval Office” by putting his feet up on the antique desk.

Of course, it didn’t take long to uncover similar photos of previous presidents, none of which had raised any particular outrage at the time. But everybody forgot again, and so we had an almost identical flap last September. “This just makes me furious,” one woman tweeted. “He was raised so badly.”

Or remember last May when marines held…

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Graduation !

If you haven't heard of Marina Keegan, you should definitely look her up. And during this graduation season, you can read the piece that made her famous, her Yale graduation editorial, The Opposite of Loneliness. I promise it won't disappoint. Then pick up a copy of her book by the same title if you like … Continue reading Graduation !