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Thurgood Marshall

When Faith Trumps Reason: the Curse of Scientific Illiteracy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Steeped in the wasteland of scientific illiteracy we in Texas descend ever further toward a theocracy, in danger of becoming the Iran of the West, or a bad copy of the former Soviet Union.

African Americans and American Jews: A Tale of Two Messengers

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Juxtapose these two recent events that occurred on the same day a half a continent away and an ideological world apart.

This Week in Bigotry

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

1. In an attempt to "rebrand" Arizona, whose recent immigration law has been called racist, Governor Jan Brewer bans teaching ethnic studies.

Kagan's Troubling Record

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Unfortunately, history does not support Obama's optimism that Elena Kagan is a disciple of Thurgood Marshall.

Jason Linkins

Sessions, Hatch Distance Themselves From RNC Attack On Kagan | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two high-ranking Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have sought to distance themselves from the RNC in the wake of yesterday's bizarre deci...

Reading Tea Leaves on Kagan and International law

Diane Marie Amann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Marie Amann

How will this nominee treat issues of foreign, international, comparative, or transnational law? As with many areas respecting the judicial potential of Elena Kagan, this one is tabula rasa.

Obama's Pick of Kagan Recognizes the Difference Between 4 and 5

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Kagan has the chance to profoundly change the direction of the actual decisions of this Court -- through the hard work of persuasion, not the self-righteous work of outraged dissents.

Thurgood Marshall, Elena Kagan, and Our Constitution Today

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Before President Obama even finished announcing Elena Kagan as his Supreme Court nominee, the RNC was up with an attack memo questioning Kagan's commitment to our Constitution.

Jason Linkins

RNC Attacks Kagan Over Praise For Thurgood Marshall [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The RNC has released a statement slagging Kagan for her tribute to -- uhm -- Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court. Smooth move!

Descending Again into Darkness: An Extraordinary Revolution of Willful Ignorance

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The Texas State Board of Education is pushing a fundamentalist agenda. The religious right in Texas is so powerful that publishers are willing to accept conservative editorial changes no matter how absurd.

America's New Face of Terrorism

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

Thanks to a 23-year-old black man who deceptively looks like an innocent boy, African-Americans, Arabs and the Muslim Diaspora all have something in common. They are more easily viewed as terrorists, and there's no escaping it.

John McCain's Choice of Sarah Palin Telegraphs His Misogyny

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I've always believed that George Herbert Walker Bush's appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court was an example of white supremacy. Here's ...

The Olson/Boies Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit: Too Much, Too Soon?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

The question no longer is whether the lawsuit should be brought, but whether it will succeed.

Good Hair? Bad Hair? Great Style!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

The varied and imaginative ways African Americans dress their hair represents a high-point of human creativity that's dependency, the very quintessence of style.

Culture War Flares Up Over American History Curriculum In Texas Classrooms

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The fight over school curriculum in Texas, recently focused on biology, has entered a new arena, with a brewing debate over how much faith belongs in ...

Minority Judges Influence Decisions Just By Presence

New York Times | ADAM LIPTAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black member of the Supreme Court, ended his 24 years there bitter and frustrated. He had been unable, he said, t...

That's All You Got? The Attacks on Sotomayor Come Across as Desperate

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

In the spirit of bipartisanship, I offer the following: Drop the lame attacks on Sonia Sotomayor, because they're not going to work.

A Latino for the Supreme Court? It's Time

Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus and Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus and Hector E. Sanchez

A diverse judiciary would increase respect for the law by reducing the visible bias against minorities and by providing role models for minority groups.

On Civil Rights, Obama Must Lead, Not Tinker

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

Putting Rick Warren on the inauguration dais is tantamount to leaving civil rights leadership to someone else. This is a troubling sign for a president elected to be a new kind of leader.

Yes We Did!

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Forget about the Bradley effect, Republican voter suppression tactics and October surprises. Obama won a clear and resounding victory last night.

Race, Gender and the Media in the 2008 Elections

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Like everyone else in America, I was waiting to see how the match up between Palin and Biden would transpire. Beyond the giddy atmosphere that was bu...