1. I read Levenson’s email. Here’s what I concluded: Levenson is a businessman asking reasonable questions about how to put customers in seats.
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in an op-ed for Time, defending Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson’s offensive email

    Levenson self-reported the 2012 email to the NBA and announced Sunday that he would sell his controlling interest in the Hawks franchise

     


  2. Financial reparations are in fact the most direct way to compensate victims for past suffering. … In the United States, however, we are more likely to insist that existing institutions already provide a sufficient foundation for improving conditions, as though we could erase the effects of past atrocity without undertaking any difficult changes.
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    Why reparations could prevent the next Ferguson

    Countries can only move forward once they have come to terms with their past

     

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  4. Jews, Indians, the Chinese, Iranians, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Mormons, and Cuban exiles.
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    The 8 ethnic groups Tiger Mom Amy Chua consider “exceptional”.  People aren’t exactly happy about Chua’s claims.

    Tiger Mom’s latest book hits a little too close to home

     


  5. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!…. Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.
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    Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.

    How Phil Robertson insulted African-Americans too

     


  6. It’s almost an overworn joke to notice how many white guys tell you that (sorry!) they aren’t into black women, or how many gay guys will include “No Asians” in their profiles. (I think I’ve read like 18 Huffington Post pieces alone about that last anecdote.) This is real racism, blatant and banal, casual and even comfortable. For those who say that “people have their preferences,” I would simply ask them whether it’s worth broadcasting them simply to prevent the appearance of a picture of a black woman or an Asian man in your inbox.
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    Marc Ambinder

    The last racial taboo: Sex

     


  7. Oh noes! Groups of black teenagers are randomly sucker-punching people on the street?  Better fire up the internet machine…

    Oh, that’s actually a myth?  Well at least everyone can agree that this picture from Facebook is terrible…

    Or…

    Friendly reminder: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet

     


  8. What’s disturbing about her performance is that all those tired Orientalist tropes overcame dozens of corporate hurdles and onto live television. Neither her circle nor the show’s producers had the common sense to say, Hey, you know what? This might not be such a bright idea. Can’t you just dress like a cupcake again?
     


  9. The Lizard Kings
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    The name of Jacksonfille’s East Coast Hockey League franchise from 1995-2000.  Do it, Dan Snyder. The jersey sales to stoned teenagers alone will cover most of your 2014 payroll.

    11 defunct franchise names Washington’s football team can use

     

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  12. Is this rodeo clown in an Obama mask racist?

    "It was sickening," said Perry Beam, a 48-year-old musician who attended the rodeo with his wife and a student they were hosting from Taiwan. "It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally you’d see on TV."

     

  13. The NFL wants you to know that ‘Redskins’ isn’t offensive

    Roger Goodell’s claim that the name was never meant to offend is highly suspect.

    Former team owner George Preston Marshall changed the team’s name from “Braves” to “Redskins” in 1932 when he moved them to Washington, D.C. Goodell noted that point in his letter, but said that change was made to avoid confusion with baseball’s Boston Braves.

    However, Marshall was a notorious racist — even for his own time — who forced his coach and team to wear war paint and dance on the field. He also presided over the last segregated team in the league, refusing to sign any black players until given an ultimatum from President John F. Kennedy’s interior secretary, Stewart Udall. Since the Redskins’ stadium was on public land, Udall ordered Marshall to add black players to his roster or lose his stadium.