David Von Ebers | This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation
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    Eric Holder and the March Toward Marriage Equality

    When Pres. Obama announced Attorney General Eric Holder’s pending retirement Thursday, our friends on the right seemed to lose their composure. The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro posted an article on the organization’s website – which has since been removed – in which he compared Holder to noted segregationist George Wallace: “Holder, according to Shapiro’s column,…

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    Really, ESPN?

    So, let’s review. The First Amendment doesn’t restrict the activities of private organizations, including the employment practices of private organizations. That’s why it says “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Congress, not your employer. Which means that if you say something your employer doesn’t like, it can suspend you, with…

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    Crime and Forgiveness

    On our last episode of Sportsball, we discussed Mike Tyson’s awkward and extremely NSFW appearance on the Canadian television show, CP24 Dayside (video courtesy of The Majority Report with Sam Seder.) Tyson was in Toronto earlier this month to promote his stage show, and, while there, met with Rob Ford, that city’s controversial mayor. That…

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    No, You Can’t Use Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson to Defend Richie Incognito

    Comedian and social media gadfly Jim Norton is at it again. Norton, you may recall, famously defended former “Opie and Anthony” shock jock Anthony Cumia after Cumia went on a racist and sexist Twitter rant against an African American woman he claimed had hit him last July. Cumia’s employer, SiriusXM, fired him, which prompted Norton’s…

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    What an NFL Hero Looks Like

    One of the saddest images to emerge in a NFL season that so far has been filled with horrible images was that of Charles Tillman, sitting on the sidelines of last night’s Bears-49ers game in newly minted Levi’s Stadium, tears streaming down his face. Tillman had just reinjured his right triceps, the same muscle he…

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    What About Ben?

    I didn’t watch the Steelers-Ravens game on Thursday Night Football, and it’s not because I’m already overdosing on the NFL … although, with the obscene proliferation of televised games this year, that’s not altogether out of the question. No, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch a game that could fairly be called the Super…

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    I Hate You, Rick Neuheisel

    The year was 1983. I had graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign the previous spring, and I still had my gaudy orange key ring that boldly if hilariously proclaimed: “The ’80s Belong To The Illini.” And, in fact, between the as-yet-unsanctioned football and basketball programs run by Mike White and Lou Henson, respectively,…

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    Death and Coincidences

    January 20, 1993, was a memorable day. It was the day of Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, and he was the first Democrat to win the presidency since Jimmy Carter’s ill-fated, single post-Watergate term in office. My parents, FDR-style Democrats who survived the Great Depression and fought World War II, had begun to think they wouldn’t…

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    The Curious Case of the Poor, Beleaguered Former Secretary of State

    Condoleezza Rice, who served as Pres. George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, recently turned down an invitation to deliver the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to the dismay of many would-be First Amendment scholars and free-speech purists. Her reason? The wide-spread student protests that greeted the…

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  • Dear White Sox Fans …

    Thank you for reminding us, again, that you’re fans of the South Siders. Although, it was kind of a giveaway, what with the matching jacket and cap. Not to mention the faded “2005 World Series Champions” bumper sticker on your pickup truck. And the Sox flag you fly off your front porch year-round, rain, snow,…

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