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Why conservatives and liberals are united on Eric Garner case

By Husna Haq
(Dec. 4, 2014 | Christian Science Monitor) - Reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict police officer Darren Wilson largely divided Americans along racial and political lines, ripping open a chasm between conservatives – many of whom supported Mr. Wilson's testimony and the decision – and liberals, who saw the incident as an example of police brutality and racial injustice. Read more

“Saturday Night Live” cuts uncomfortable Ferguson sketch for time

By Joanna Rothkopf
(Dec. 8, 2014 | Salon.Com) - “Saturday Night Live’s” greatest moments have been those when the show’s writers and actors refuse to abide by what is popularly considered fair game for comedy, venturing into the unsullied terrain of the uncomfortable and too-soon. Read more

Trolls are outing UVA’s “Jackie.” That’s Rolling Stone’s fault too.

By Hanna Rosin
(Dec. 8, 2014 | Slate.Com) - It’s probably inevitable that the name of the victim from Rolling Stone’s story about gang rape at the University of Virginia would come out. Once again, we have Rolling Stone to blame for that. In the story, reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely called her subject by the name “Jackie,” which I think many reading the story assumed was a pseudonym (many of the other characters in the piece go by pseudonyms). Read more

Related Articles:
Everything Rolling Stone did wrong: How it should have protected Jackie from getting torn apart by trolls (Dec. 8, 2014 | Salon.Com)

The Newsroom tackles campus rape, and the results are horrifying (Dec. 8, 2014 | The Atlantic)

A Newsroom writer says Aaron Sorkin yelled at her over rape plot (Dec. 8, 2014 | Time)

Chris Rock on Bill Cosby, white people and women in comedy

By Antoinette Bueno
(Dec. 1, 2014 | ET Online) - Chris Rock is getting more candid -- and serious -- than ever. The 49-year-old comedian recently gave one of his most in-depth interviews ever to New York Magazine, not holding back on topics ranging from the recent rape allegations against Bill Cosby, his thoughts on female comedians and race relations in America. Read more

#CrimingWhileWhite vs. #AliveWhileBlack: Twitter weighs in on Garner decision

By Sarah Galo
(Dce. 4, 2014 | The Guardian) - After a New York grand jury decision on Wednesday to not indict the police officer Daniel Pantelo in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island in July, demonstrations in the streets led to 83 arrests. Many people, however, took to Twitter instead. Read more

Related Articles:
Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks Feud on Twitter Over Eric Garner, Ferguson (Dec. 4, 2014 | USA Magazine)

#CrimingWhileWhite is exactly what's wrong with white privilege (Dec. 5, 2014 | The Guardian)

An Invitation to White People (Dec. 3, 2014 | The Huffington Post)

"Across America, whites are biased and they don’t even know it"

By Chris Mooney
(Dec. 8, 2014 | The Washington Post) - Most white Americans demonstrate bias against blacks, even if they're not aware of or able to control it. It's a surprisingly little-discussed factor in the anguishing debates over race and law enforcement that followed the shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers. Read more

The New Republic: An appreciation
It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that black lives didn't matter much at all to the magazine.

By Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Dec. 9, 2014 | The Atlantic) - Last week, Franklin Foer resigned his editorship of The New Republic. A deep, if not broad, mourning immediately commenced as a number of influential writers lamented what occurred to them as the passing of a great American institution. The mourners have something of a case. TNR had a hand in the careers of an outsized number of prominent narrative and opinion journalists. Read more

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