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CNN Special Commentary Part I: Responding to racism is not reverse racism

CNN Special Commentary Part I: Responding to racism is not reverse racismNationwide (BlackNews.com) -- On Monday, July 1, 2013, CNN aired the special program "N-word vs 'Cracker': Which Is Worse?" hosted and moderated by Don Lemon. The segment stemmed from the George Zimmerman trial, coming as a result of the prosecution's star witness' claim that the late Trayvon Martin told her a "creepy a** 'cracker'" was following him just moments before his life was unrightfully taken. The defense attorney deftly took what Trayvon Martin was purportedly to have called Zimmerman - a "creepy a** cracker" - and successfully turned it into reverse racism. The use of the term "cracker" caused a fast and furious fallout throughout white America, raising the question over which term is most offensive - cracker or n**ger - and prompting the discussion of what is racism?
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We must build our greatest strength: Diversity

We must build our greatest strength: Diversity"For a country regarded as the paramount leader in a multicultural world, the United States has yet to embrace its own diversity; continuing failure to do so will have profound consequences for governance."
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DENIAL

Denial, in ordinary English, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true. It is a psychological defense mechanism seen when a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.
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UNITED STATES REFLECTION: Acknowledging the dividing wall and respecting the call to abstain from the Mennonite convention in Phoenix

UNITED STATES REFLECTION: Acknowledging the dividing wall and respecting the call to abstain from the Mennonite convention in PhoenixCPTnet, 26 June 2013 - In 2011, the Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) announced that it would continue with plans to have the biennial church-wide convention 1-6 July 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, despite recent legislation passed in Arizona that put Latino Mennonites at risk of search and deportation if they "looked illegal." The MCUSA constituent group Iglesia Menonita Hispana (Hispanic Mennonite Church) stated that it was hurt by the symbolic message this sent to Latino Mennonites. It further said that it would abstain from participation in the convention.
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Attack on Holder is attack on civil rights

Attack on Holder is attack on civil rightsThe continued political attacks aimed at U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder represent the most insidious kind of political gamesmanship.
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DENIAL

Denial, in ordinary English, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true. It is a psychological defense mechanism seen when a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.
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Stress, trauma, loss, rage

What if we looked at violence in America as a public health crisis rather than a crime problem? What if we look for promising practices and expanded the ones that work to eliminate the epidemic of violence that keeps our graveyards, jails, and prisons full? That is exactly the approach recommended by a panel of the nation's leading gun violence researchers in a report released this week by the Institute of Medicine. Convened by the federal government in the wake of the Newtown shooting, the panel provides a national road map for the research that needs to be done to prevent gun violence and improve public safety, especially for our most vulnerable.
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