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Rich Manieri

Stop setting victims of discrimination against each other

On Twitter the other day someone did what a lot of people have been doing lately: Comparing levels of oppression. In this case, it was all about the Philadelphia Inquirer’s decision not to use the term “Washington Redskins” in future columns about the “Team Formerly Known as the Washington Redskins.”
The problem is that when you start going down that rabbit hole of who has suffered more, you ignore the nuance of history. In fact, you engage in a whitewashing (excuse the unavoidable pun) of the horrors that have occurred both in this country, and elsewhere.

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Rich Manieri

Defund police movements miss the big picture

In case you missed it, 106 people were shot in Chicago last weekend. That’s not a typo — 106.
If mainstream news organizations still covered the news, instead of only the news that serves or refutes an agenda, we might have heard more.
Of the 106 people shot, 14 — including a 3-year-old boy — were killed.
When asked about the catalysts for such violence, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown boiled it down — “gangs, guns and drugs.”

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Lilly Kofler

A reason opinions on Confederate statues changed so quickly

What you think about removing Confederate statues has less to do with your opinions about race and more with how you perceive the motivation behind removing them in the first place.
Jim Penniman-Morin, who majored in military history at West Point before serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, grew up seeing Robert E. Lee as a hero. Now, the ex-Army officer sees Confederal markers, such as military bases named after Confederate leaders, as disrespectful to the troops.

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