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Category: Informed

The Root: From Most Hated to American Hero: The Whitewashing of Martin Luther King Jr.

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhen anyone tries to tell you what Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted, remind them that we likely could have known his true feelings if a white man hadn’t put a bullet in his brain.

White people do not love Martin Luther King Jr.

And by “white people,” I do not mean it as a blanket statement. I mean it as a historical, statistics-supported fact. I mean it to describe the majority of white people who did not support the abolition of slavery, the civil rights struggle, the Black Power movement, Black Lives Matter, or any other American movement for justice and equality.

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The question before men today is this: Who am I, as a man, if I don’t dominate others with money and sex?

Reading Time: 4 minutesSo much has changed in my lifetime. So much. And so much will be changed by the end of my life. If men hold fast to outdated ideas and ways of being, the result will be even more unhappy, lonely, unfufilled men. Which would be such a tragedy for all of us. If more men can grow, evolve and serve, then there’s a chance it will be a much better world than the one I was born into, where everyone was forced into strict roles, responsibilities and limitations. We can live in a world of authenticity, freedom and openness – for all of us.

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The Root: How to Identify and Report Hate Speech on Social Media

Reading Time: 11 minutesPlatforms like Twitter and Facebook have tools in place that allow users to report harassment and hate speech, though the sites’ limitations mean too many reports tend to go unaddressed. Still, it’s worth making the effort if you see threatening messages online. There are also outside sources you can turn to if you stumble upon disturbing bias acts on social media. But first:

It’s fairly easy to report hate speech on major social media platforms. It’s less easy to get the platforms to take action against purported hate speech.

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Reading Time: 11 minutesAs for myself, I mostly feel alright with existing now, with my purpose here, my worth.

It’s sometimes a precarious thing, my hold on this life, like a fragile vase in a window which could tip one way or another in a breeze – tipping gently and safely to the table nearby or smashing fatally down to the garden below – but inside are pink scented lilies and beauty, so I go on, day by day, month by month, year by year, and gradually I find, as my Buddhist teacher once told me, that, though I wasn’t invited to this party, people like my presence and I like the music and chitchat and, mostly, it all makes me very happy.

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Should a Constitutionally Illegitimate Presidency be Annulled?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat the founders didn’t consider was the possibility that someone could move into the White House fraudulently. While impeachment would address Trumps High Crimes and Misdemeanors, possibly even including treason, it is not broad enough in its remedies to address the acts of an illegitimate presidency.

If the Special Councils report shows that Donald J. Trump conspired with a hostile foreign power to rig an illegitimate election, neither impeachment or prosecution goes far enough because the Trump presidency itself would be illegitimate, therefore all acts under his administration including appointments would also be illegitimate.

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