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Ta-Nehisi Coates Isn’t Here to Provide Us With Hope. He’s Here to Illuminate Racism.

There's a reason Ta-Nehisi Coates has won the National Book Award and is a MacArthur Fellow. He breaks down the complex issues of race in America in a way that both illuminates and holds us all accountable for our parts in it. He isn't highly-lauded because he "makes us feel good." He's highly-lauded, because he inspires us in the truest sense, by showing us so starkly and clearly what is wrong that we cannot help but be moved to some kind of action.

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Hollywood’s Insistence on Making Max Landis “A Thing” Is a Symptom of Its Endemic Sexism

If we're to believe exclusively what we're told, Max Landis is a big deal. And we're repeatedly told he's a big deal for reasons having nothing to do with his famous father and everything to do with the fact that...he gets paid a lot of money for scripts that end up not being successful?

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It Was Only A Matter of Time Before Trump’s Response to Puerto Rico Got Racist

Trump essentially just called Puerto Ricans lazy and entitled for wanting adequate post-hurricane relief, tweeting that they "want everything to be done for them" and "are not able to get their workers to help."

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Head of Air Force Academy Responds to Racism Against Cadets: “If You Are Outraged, You’re in the Right Place”

"If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out."

"If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.”

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The Latino Hero You Created Just Had to Have a Drug Cartel Past? You’re Killing Me, The Gifted.

I've been really excited for The Gifted, which premieres next week. I'm not even a huge X-Men fan, and yet every trailer has intrigued me. I'm digging the family approach, the fact that it's about parents protecting their children with newly-discovered mutant abilities from a world hostile against mutants. Yet there's one element (created specifically for the show, so there's no source material to blame) that dulls the luster of my excitement.

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How Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s Refusal to Stand for the National Anthem Taught Me About Racial Injustice

Twenty years before Colin Kaepernick, the NBA's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand. The repercussions were swift.

Besides the often beautiful and often disturbing way sports reflect and re-create the society in which they’re played, there is the athlete as hero, the athlete as pop culture star, the athlete as activist.

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DirecTV Humors Racists With Refunds After NFL “Take a Knee” Protests

It's always so amusing to me that the people who are usually the first to complain that others are too "easily offended" by things like, you know, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobialittle things like that—are the first to kick, scream, and attempt to curtail the freedom of others over things that don't actually affect anyone's actual life.

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Dear Half of the U.S: Puerto Rico Is Not a Foreign Country, and Your Ignorance Hurts Other Americans

I can't help but notice that while more economically resilient parts of the U.S. have gotten lots of attention in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma—don't get me wrong, as well they should—there is an American territory containing 3.5 million American citizens (more people than reside in Alaska, Iowa, Idaho, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, Maine, Montana, Nevada, or New Hampshire) that is getting significantly less attention than its mainland counterparts.

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Things We Saw Today: Is Darth Vader in the Han Solo (Solo) Movie?

According to sources that will not be named, an actor was seen sporting Vader's iconic costume in reshoots for the Han Solo standalone film.

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November Criminals Trailer Would Be Incredible Commentary If It Were Satire & Not Plain Old White Savior Garbage

Black people's stories are still being told–and then retold, rewarded and celebrated in adaptation–without black characters at their center. It's still seen as perfectly acceptable, or even preferable, to filter these stories through the lens of the peripheral white experience.

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Trump Demanded an Apology From ESPN, Is Still Talking About Those Antifa “Bad Dudes”

He also pretended his hands were too big for gloves and perpetuated lies about President Obama. It's been a big week.

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What’s the Better Way to Fight Neo-Nazis: Hugs or Fists? Samantha Bee Explores

I'm most definitely not going to be hugging any Nazis. But I do appreciate those who are.

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PewDiePie Is So Very Sorry That He Got Caught Yelling a Racist Epithet

The backlash—and legal actions—in response to YouTube star PewDiePie's use of racist language has prompted him to issue an apology, because he likes money and fame and would like to keep both.

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Firewatch Creator Takes a Stand Against Casual Racism After PewDiePie Streamed a Racial Slur

Because you can't stay neutral in the face of racism.

There's a big difference between supporting streamers and holding a man with an audience of millions accountable for propagating and normalizing bigoted language.

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#ExpressiveAsians Mocks the Racism of Hollywood Casting Directors

Twitter responded appropriately to a casting director's anecdote about how "Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they’re not very expressive." UM. WHAT.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Calls Trump What He Really Is—America’s First (Truly) White President

Ta-Nehisi Coates calls Donald Trump the U.S.'s "first white President." I know what you're thinking: Wait a minute, every single President of the U.S. has been white except Barack Obama. Technically, you're right, but what Coates is referring to is the fact that no President before Trump has ever as openly or aggressively traded on whiteness the way he has, making the power whiteness wields explicit.

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British Airways’ In-Flight Magazine Thinks Lupita Nyong’o Is From Wakanda, the Fictional Setting of Black Panther

You'd think someone would have caught this, given that they are, you know, A TRAVEL MAGAZINE.

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The Internet Tears Trump a New One Over His Decision to End DACA

Trump's decision—imparted today by chaotic evil elf Jeff Sessions—to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is cruel, unconscionable, and totally unjustified. So it's hardly a surprise Trump would choose to do so. But it turns out that seeking to ruin the lives of 800,000 young people brought to America as children isn't something that's going to go over quietly. The outraged outcry over DACA is a truly great American thing.

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L’Oreal Fires Trans Model After She Wrote a Facebook Post About Systemic Racism

What a backwards move.

The irony is thick, as they believe that they are actually championing diversity by firing a trans woman of color for talking about systemic racism.

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Go Away Neo-Nazis, No One Wants to Read Your White Supremacist Children’s Books

Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, shut down sales of an Islamophobic children's book using the character to preach intolerance.

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