Balloon Juice

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  • #IStandWithAhmed MP3

    On Monday, a 14-year-old Texas high school student named Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school to show his teachers. It looked like a clock because, well, it was a clock, yet one of the teachers thought it looked like a bomb. This lead to Mohamed, a member of the robotics club, being arrested. While the charges have been dropped, many feel this all happened because Mohamed is brown. What also emerged was t...

    25.09.2015

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    25.09.2015

  • Farrakhan Thinks That Men Should Cover Their Women When They’re ‘On Display’ MP3

    In case there was any question whether Minister Louis Farrakhan feels that men and women are equal, he had some interesting things to say about Beyonce, Rihanna, and women’s sexuality in general on a recent interview on “Hip Hop Since 1987″: “Proclaiming that “when you strip a woman down, a man becomes a dog,” … Jay Z is a good man, Jay Z is a good manager, but now, your woman is on display,” he said....

    25.09.2015

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  • The Circus That Was The GOP Debate MP3

    If you are a glutton for punishment, you probably watched the marathon that was the GOP debate on Wednesday. Most agreed Carly Fiorina came out on top with Marco Rubio and Chris Christie also doing well. Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz didn’t do themselves any favors. One of the best moments included Christie calling Trump and Fiorina narcissists: “While I’m as entertained as any...

    25.09.2015

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  • Serena Williams Could Take A Page Out Of Rihanna’s Playbook MP3

    Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for the seventeenth time in the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Thursday, yet she still makes less money. While Williams has made $11 million in prize money to Sharapova’s $2.4 million, the difference is in endorsements. Sharapova has made $22 million to Willams’s $11 million. While some marketing experts feel that there is still a double standard for male versus female athletes, ...

    11.07.2015

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    11.07.2015

  • Can We Finally Admit Bill Cosby Is A Rapist? MP3

    Thank god we can finally believe the thirty-nine (and possibly counting) women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape and sexual misconduct. And why should we finally accept all their practically identical stories? Because Bill Cosby admitted that he gave women drugs in a 2005 lawsuit: Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admi...

    09.07.2015

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    09.07.2015

  • Nope, Whitesboro. Your Seal Isn’t Racist At All MP3

    This is the seal of upstate New York town Whitesboro. The name alone gives one pause. But the seal–of a white man choking a Native American–is even more questionable. And even better, the mayor of the town has argued that it’s not problematic at all: “I could understand why people would have concern about it. But, [as with] everything else, I think you have to take all the facts into consideration. And if peo...

    09.07.2015

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    09.07.2015

  • The Confederate Flag Goes Back Up In Florida MP3

    Apparently this Confederate flag business is like whack-a-mole: when you get someone to pull it down, it goes back up somewhere else. In this case, it’s Florida: A county board in Florida has voted unanimously to make sure the Confederate flag continues flying atop a public site honoring deceased police officers,WKMG reports. According to the local news outlet, members of the Marion County Board of County Commiss...

    09.07.2015

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    09.07.2015

  • Seriously, Don Lemon? (Part 352) MP3

    Leave it to CNN to pick up one of the more ridiculous stories and putting Don Lemon at the helm of that discussion. Such was the case when the network brought New York Times writer Timothy Egan on to discuss whether Obama should apologize for slavery. Egan explains Obama should because he doesn’t have as much “ancestral baggage” as a white president. Even more problematic than that, Lemon didn’t seem to hav...

    05.07.2015

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    05.07.2015

  • Donald Trump Gets A Taste Of His Own Medicine MP3

    How wonderful it is when someone gets a taste of his own medicine. Such was the case with Donald Trump, as NBC has announced it will no longer work with the presidential candidate in response to his hateful comments about immigrants. That means no more beauty pageants and he will not appear on the reality show The Apprentice. Trump, of course, had a lot to say on the matter: “If NBC is so weak and so foolish to n...

    04.07.2015

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    04.07.2015

  • America’s Biggest Threat? White People. MP3

    As the Charleston Massacre has helped show, domestic terrorism by right-wing groups is a huge threat. And a recent study by the New America Foundation has shown that white people are America’s biggest threat: Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried ...

    26.06.2015

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    26.06.2015

  • Free Speech? Not If You’re The GOP MP3

    So you know that whole free speech thing we’re supposed to have as Americans? Well, turns out that some Republicans in North Carolina disagree. Republicans passed a last-minute budget cut that would strip $3 million from the University of North Carolina School of Law. State Sen. Terry Van Duyn, a Democrat from Buncombe County, asserted that the move had been done to punish the UNC School of Law after they refused ...

    24.06.2015

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    24.06.2015

  • Ding-Dong! The Confederate Flag Is Dead? MP3

    Amid lots of and lots of outcry, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley finally held a press conference where she called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol. The General Assembly will be meeting today and can extend their session to debate on the removal of the flag, which would take two-thirds of the vote to pass. “The murderer, now locked up in Charleston, said he hoped his actions would start...

    24.06.2015

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    24.06.2015

  • If We Can’t Swim, You Can’t Drive MP3

    Hundreds of protestors gathered in McKinney, Texas, on Monday to protest the brutal actions of a police officer at Craig Ranch Community Pool. Community members rallied in the neighborhood to speak out against the racist actions of the two women who apparently made comments like “you black f****r” and “that’s why you live in Section 8 homes.” Demonstrators also called for the firing of a police officer who ...

    13.06.2015

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    13.06.2015

  • Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, And The Beauty Standard MP3

    It was hard to miss the unveiled Vanity Fair cover with Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympian formerly known as Bruce Jenner, on the cover. Many commented on how beautiful she looked and general support. But leave it to actress and activist Laverne Cox to really put things in perspective: “A year ago when my Time magazine cover came out I saw posts from many trans folks saying that I am ‘drop dead gorgeous’ and that d...

    03.06.2015

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    03.06.2015

  • Supreme Court/Religious Freedom 1, Abercrombie & Fitch 0 MP3

    It’s always nice when the Supreme Court comes down on the side of justice, but it’s even better when it includes coming down against Abercrombie & Fitch. The court sided with Samantha Elauf, who was rejected from a job at the clothing retailer because of her headscarf, which she wears because she is Muslim. The retailer argued that she couldn’t be hired as they don’t allow employees to wear headwear becau...

    03.06.2015

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  • Not Exactly Breaking News: Racism Is Bad For Your Health MP3

    A team of researchers at the University of Maryland recently published a paper comparing where in the country people do Google searches for the n-word and the mortality of black people in those same areas.What they found was a high correlation, which shouldn’t be surprising as it has been found before. So what does this actually mean? The study authors were careful to clarify that they could not conclude that an ar...

    13.05.2015

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    13.05.2015

  • St. Louis Deals With A New Scandal: Stolen Babies MP3

    Eighteen women in the St. Louis area who were told their babies had died at birth now suspect their children were taken and used in private adoptions. All the cases happened in the 1950s and ’60s at Homer G. Phillips Hospital to young black poor mothers mostly 15 to 20 years old. Suspicions arose after Melanie Gilmore’s children set out to find her birth mother as a surprise for her 50th birthday. After this stor...

    13.05.2015

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    13.05.2015

  • Another Officer Evades Charges For Killing An Unarmed Civilian MP3

    In more sad and frustrating news, Officer Matt Kenny, the Madison, Wisconsin policeman responsible for shooting and killing unarmed 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Jr. on March 6, will not face prosecution. The police union praised the decision, announced by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who also happens to be the first district attorney of color in the state. “My decision will not bring Tony Robinson Jr...

    13.05.2015

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    13.05.2015

  • Apparently #AllLivesMatter When It Comes to BBQ MP3

    White people, rejoice! Someone has finally listened to the fact that you too, deserve to be celebrated. So set your calendars for June 11, and head to Colorado BBQ joint Rubbin’ Buttz for White Appreciation Day and 10 percent off your purchase! Says owner Edgar Antillon ,who is a first-generation American born to Mexican parents: The “White Appreciation” discount is meant to bring people together, not discrimi...

    13.05.2015

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    13.05.2015

  • Baltimore Bloods And Crips Unite To Take Out Police. Seriously? MP3

    Tension continues to build in Baltimore as protests and riots swell after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. To make matters even worse, Baltimore police released that they had “credible information” that the Bloods and Crips in the area were uniting to take out police officers: Was there a specific threat or piece of evidence that triggered the warning? Something to make police actually believe that th...

    28.04.2015

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    28.04.2015

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