What the Black Men Who Identify With Brett Kavanaugh Are Missing

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On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of Baltimore, when the subject pivoted to Brett Kavanaugh. I expected to hear frustration that the sexual-assault allegations against him had failed to derail his Supreme Court appointment. Instead, I encountered sympathy. One man stood up and asked, passionately, “What happened to due process?” He was met with a smattering of applause, and an array of head nods.

If you think Kavanaugh receiving some measure of support from black men in inner-city Baltimore is as strange as Taylor Swift suddenly feeling the need to become a modern-day Fannie Lou Hamer, then brace yourself: The caping for Kavanaugh does make a twisted kind of sense. Countless times, black men have had to witness the careers and reputations of other black men ruthlessly destroyed because of unproved rape and sexual-assault accusations. And as that Baltimore audience member also argued, if the claims were made by a white woman, expect the damage to be triple.


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Ta-Nehisi Coates Stirs Debate With Treatise On “The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration”

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The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates is back with a probing analysis titled “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”

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What Does Thom Tillis Want?

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He’s an empty suit programmed to repeat his talking points over and over. Anything that Kay Hagan said in previous debates was met with… she votes with Barack Obama 96% of the time…she votes with Barack Obama 96% of the time! LG

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The Republican candidate for Senate from North Carolina has shown a remarkable knack for moving up in the ranks, but he seems less sure what to do once he gets there.

Thom Tillis is a man in a hurry. He went from city councilor to North Carolina House speaker in just five years. Four months into his second term as speaker, he was running for U.S. Senate. The man who would hand the Republicans control of the Senate has been a lot of things in a short amount of time. And while he seems to know where he’s going, it’s less clear that he knows what he’ll do once he gets there.

Tillis started his political career as a city councilor in Cornelius, a wealthy suburb of Charlotte. In 2006, after a single term, he upset a Republican incumbent in a primary for a state House seat. Like all freshmen, Tillis arrived in Raleigh as a backbencher, but he quickly impressed his Republican colleagues, who chose him freshman leader. In just his second term, he joined the House GOP leadership as minority whip.

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Of Course Hemingway Read the Paper in the Nude: Photos of Authors at Home

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Ernest Hemingway reading The New York Times in bed. [via Protagon, photo credit: George Leavens]

The NON-Conformist loves Baldwin!!

James Baldwin at home in Saint-Paul de Vence
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Truman Capote in his Brooklyn Heights apartment, 1958. (Photo credit: Slim Aarons)

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Wednesday Musical Musings

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Both the NON-Conformist and I LOVE Music. He has the unique quality of also knowing the history of albums and artists. You know those liner notes in CDs he actually reads those. With our love of music in mind we’ll delve, from time to time, into music and post some interesting music pieces like this one from the Atlantic which I thought was pretty darn good. You see as a girl from the “Deep South” I love/ed OUTKAST, I thought they were a great representation of Southern Rap. But what happened to the dynamic duo…

Brian Gresko dishes in…

The Revenge of ‘Speakerboxxx’: How Big Boi Flipped the OutKast Script

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The Case for More Guns (And More Gun Control)

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How do we reduce gun crime and Aurora-style mass shootings when Americans already own nearly 300 million firearms? Maybe by allowing more people to carry them.

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No, Kansas City Football Fans Aren’t Bloodthirsty Idiots – The Atlantic

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There was a lot of pearl clutching over this incident.

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