Many parents of color send their children to exclusive, predominantly-white schools in an attempt to give their kids a “ticket to upward mobility.” But these well-resourced institutions can fall short at nurturing minority students emotionally and intellectually.
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Ten years ago, when I started my career as an assistant district attorney in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, I viewed the American criminal justice system as a vital institution that protected society from dangerous people. I once prosecuted a man for brutally attacking his wife with a flashlight, and another for sexually assaulting a waitress at a nightclub. I believed in the system for good reason.
But in between the important cases, I found myself spending most of my time prosecuting people of color for things we white kids did with impunity growing up in the suburbs. As our office handed down arrest records and probation terms for riding dirt bikes in the street, cutting through a neighbor’s yard, hosting loud parties, fighting, or smoking weed – shenanigans that had rarely earned my own classmates anything more than raised eyebrows and scoldings – I often wondered if there was a side of the justice system that we never saw in the suburbs. Last year, I got myself arrested in New York City and found out.
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The red Solo cup is an iconic image in American party culture, but for John Pavlus, director of the short documentary above, it all comes down to the question, who cares? “I, Party Cup began with my own curiosity about the design of everyday things—things that are part of the built world but taken totally for granted, like traffic cones, fastening rivets, doorknobs … and disposable drinking cups,” says Pavlus.
What an hilariously funny idea for an article!
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Heavens to Murgatroyd! It’s da pic(s) of the week! (12/02/2013). Pt. 4
One of my favs!