Day: April 6, 2010

Goodbye Wilma Mankiller

Very sad news: Wilma Mankiller, the first female Cherokee Nation chief, passed away today. She was 64. As Chief, she focused on social welfare, building new health centers and promoting children’s programs. She tripled tribe enrollment and doubled employment. After…

Happy Confederate History Month

That’s enough, white people. (Really, you guys. Celebrating Confederate history is not celebrating our history. It’s celebrating the historical right of some people to own other people. It’s not celebrating states’ rights. It’s celebrating states’ rights to allow slavery. Let’s…

How to Write About Africa

This piece, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ take on it, are interesting when read in tandem with this New Yorker article about an American couple set on saving elephants in Africa (sometimes at the expense of human life and well-being).

Arizona Set to Pass Anti-Immigrant Legislation

In Arizona, the legislature looks set to pass a truly terrifying anti-immigration bill that would, among other thing, allow police to arrest undocumented immigrants on the charge of trespassing simply for being in the state: The Arizona Legislature gave preliminary…

Bits and Pieces

U.S. admits role in killing Afghan women. Sort of, anyway. Where are the women at NPR? Apparently this guy has never heard of the Atkins diet — he went on an anti-meat rampage so that girls wouldn’t eat beef and…