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3 questions for Clarence Thomas

3 questions for Clarence Thomas

He wore a black beret and army fatigues, warned people that a revolution was coming and memorized the speeches of Malcolm X.

"I now believed that the whole of American culture was irretrievably tainte

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Why Mrs. Obama got heckled

Why Mrs. Obama got heckled

(CNN) – I'm a big fan of Michelle Obama's, but if she's going to be hitting the circuit to raise money for Democrats, she has to be prepared for heckling. Especially heckling from gay rights activists like the one who interrupted her speech Tuesday night.

"Lesbian looking for federal equality before I die." That's how Ellen Sturtz, the woman identified as the heckler, identified herself.

Apparently the first lady's husband said something about signing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Women as breadwinners: new study stirs debate

Women as breadwinners: new study stirs debate

A couple of weeks ago, a frustrated single woman wrote into "Ask Demetria," the other column I write for The Root each Thursday, to, well, ask if she should only date men who made as much as, or more money than, she does. She has been open to entertaining men whose income is lower than hers, but she's noticed friction. I suggested that it wasn't the money that was the issue; it was the self-confidence – or, rather, the lack of self-confidence – of the guys she had encountered.

The good news is that there are plenty of men who don't care if a woman makes more money. The bad news? According to a 2013 Pew Research study, 28 percent of adults said they agreed it's generally better for a marriage if the husband earns more money than his wife. Eighteen percent of college-educated adults felt the same.

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Cornel West: They say I’m un-American

Cornel West: They say I’m un-American

In an interview with The Guardian that covered everything from Britain's future, to the ways in which he says white supremacy operates in America, Cornel West was characteristically blunt in his criticism of the Obama administration, announcing that he and "Team Obama" no longer speak because "They say I'm un-American."

Despite having campaigned for Obama, West said he'd now rather have a "white president fundamentally dedicated to eradicating poverty and enhancing the plight of working people than a black president tied to Wall Street and drones."

A few excerpts:

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‘No’ to 2 Moms and 2 Dads

‘No’ to 2 Moms and 2 Dads

Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family – mother, father and children. There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit. Susie can't have two moms nor can Jimmy have two dads.

Liberals would argue that is not the case and that society must "evolve" with the times we now live in. Nothing can be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, one need look no further than the words of MSNBC talk show host, Melissa Perry, a radical feminist of irrational proportions.

MSNBC has been running a series of promotional ads featuring their various TV hosts. Here is what Perry said in her most recent ad (I am not making this up)"

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Raise the minimum wage now

Raise the minimum wage now

"Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn't right." – Rep. George Miller

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has lost much of its momentum. But what might have been lost in that principled attempt to point out the excesses of Wall Street and the growing power of the 1 percent, is the importance of raising the living standards of the working poor through a long overdue raise in the minimum wage.

Now those voices are rising, too.

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Cheerios ad: black dad, white mom, predictable response

Cheerios ad: black dad, white mom, predictable response

It's definitely not the first of its kind, but this Cheerios ad featuring an interracial family (black dad, white mom, mixed kid) is definitely rare enough that it's getting noticed. Over at Reddit, it has already sparked a conversation that has cycled through everything from "Finally!" to "Who cares" to "Call me when it's a black woman married to a white man" to "I don't buy products based on their god d*mn social views." And then there's a whole discussion about why Dad wasn't a "stereotypical" black man. Whatever that means.

If you ask us, the quality of discourse around the spot suggests that many Americans need a lesson in racial literacy as much as they need the cholesterol-lowering grains General Mills is pushing.

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