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Sunday
Jul142013

Trayvon Martin Murder Trial: Mothers of Black Sons Speak On Implications

Trayvon - Protect Our Children

Much of the world was shocked yesterday to learn that George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Others were not shocked, which shows the incredible depth of the problem (a combination of systemic racism, bad laws, and gun culture). The roots and implications of the verdict are many, but today I want to share a few of the moving and heartbreaking words I read from mothers of black sons today.

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Tuesday
Jun252013

"Father of the family must be master in his own house" -- Who agrees with this?

father is master in his own house

I was shocked recently when I read some tweets, and then an article, by Doug Saunders of the Globe and Mail talking about Environics research on shifts in Canadian and American values and how they've changed over the years. Some of it was as you expect, but one of the questions in the research, surprised me. It was the question used to measure how patriarchal a society is, namely the extent to which people agree with the statement: "The father of the family must be the master in his own house." 

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