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“Here’s the thing: Both sides are talking past each other. The protesters argue that the anthem and the military are not the real targets of these demonstrations. Their detractors focus on Kaepernick, whose Fidel Castro T-shirts and blanket condemnations of the country make him the easiest protester to discredit, rather than other players who have been more thoughtful and nuanced.
And then there’s Trump, who appears downright cavalier toward and utterly dismissive of the concerns of people of color.
In an increasingly diverse country, treating patriotism and racial justice as if they are in conflict with each other is a terrible idea. This is even truer given the plain fact that the same chapters of American history will be viewed very differently by the descendants of slaves and those descended from slaveholders — and those of immigrant stock whose families arrived after the civil rights movement, much less the Civil War.
This is manifestly where our overly reductive national anthem debate takes us: You either care about issues of racial justice, particularly the shooting of young black men in questionable encounters with police, or you care about your country’s history, heroes, and symbols.
We can do better than this.”
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"Like many Western analyses of the Middle East, they reduce Iraq’s complex internal conflicts to catchall explainers of ‘sectarianism’ and ‘tribalism’ – presuming that some groups of people are intrinsically primed for antagonism."
" he's a loser in the precise sense that his singular accomplishment in American public life has been to lose a Senate race to the stupendously unpopular Republican Ted Cruz."
"While applauding the social impetus, Israelis are divided in opinions on an American-based initiative and question its grammatical integrity."
A look at the networks that churn out nonstop, formulaic Christmas movies; the actors who star in all of them; and the fans who can't stop watching.
"The Department of Homeland Security wants to use credit scores to determine immigration cases. That sets a dangerous precedent."
"Traffic. Congestion. Pollution. Hours-long commutes. What if you could leave it all behind and trade it in for an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient personal copter—all without a pilot’s license?"
"“But Qutb saw something else. The dancers in front of him were tragic lost souls. They believed they were free, but in reality they were trapped by their own selfish and greedy desires.”"
Cliches can be used as a political tool. "Prefabricated language helps everybody from prime ministers to CEOs disguise what they really want to say."
"Santa is nothing but stress for families who don’t believe in him. Trying to keep other kids from finding out the truth can cause a holiday-season-long headache."
"Umami is hard to describe in words. In the New Yorker, Hannah Goldfield defines it as “that deep, dark, meaty intensity that distinguishes seared beef, soy sauce, ripe tomato, Parmesan cheese, anchovies, and mushrooms..."
"The designer babies have thus been called the “future-we-should-not-want” for each new reproductive technology or intervention. But the babies never came and are nowhere close. I am not surprised."
"Thousands of secular Israelis became newly observant and joined Haredi communities in the 1970s and ’80s. Now, their children and grandchildren are searching for a place of their own."