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But for the lottery of birth: Poverty, Racism, and the Permanent Underclass

In Rosa Lee: A Generational Tale of Poverty and Survival, Leon Dash documents the fascinating, disturbing experiences of an extended black urban family struggling to survive the nearly inescapable circumstances of poverty, racism, ignorance, violence and abuse, addiction, and crime in Washington, D.C. during the second half of the twentieth century. Dash, now a professor … Continue reading

The Paradox of Manufactured Consent in the Information Age

The “information age” of instant communication and ubiquitous internet access has saturated all of us with information. Unfortunately, most of the information streaming along fibers and across airwaves is of low quality and dubious intention. The opinions and perspectives and agendas communicated, explicitly but especially implicitly, through the mainstream media channelsĀ are highly attuned to the … Continue reading