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With a guilty verdict, justice has only just begun

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This Is Not Normal

Helpless victims swept up in a vortex of propaganda and paranoia, or intentional, active participants? And what (if anything) can we do about it?

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Policing in America is a systemic issue — rooted in racism.

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What deadnaming is, why it matters, and a few steps anyone can take to avoid doing it

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Why we’re so resistant to it, and why we should definitely “check it”

A hot topic and label that’s accused of being insulting, presumptive, condescending (and even “racist”), ‘white privilege’ is possibly one of the most polarizing terms for white Americans today. Yet, it’s not a slur; it’s simply a fact — backed with research and statistics. To think of it otherwise is to vastly misunderstand the concept, and moreover, to outright dismiss an opportunity to foster empathy. If ‘white privilege’ is not pejorative, then why are we so resistant to acknowledging its presence in the first place?

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“What more is it going to take? What more do we have to do to make up for what our ancestors did decades ago? Slavery is over! We all have the same opportunities now. People just need to quit complaining and pull themselves up by the bootstraps!”

We need to take a hard look at what these things really mean, especially when it comes to certain communities

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Will the current GOP leaders ever learn to accurately label their biggest grievance?

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We become advocates out of necessity, not out of desire

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Here was a 10 year old child, grasping the notion of who they were at their innermost core better than most adults I knew, including myself.

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Martie Sirois

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