‘Hidden rules of class’ help the poor do more with less Conclusion of a six-part series The culture of poverty has some universal characteristics which transcend regional, rural-urban, and even national differences… There are remarkable similarities in family structure, interpersonal relations, time orientations, value systems, spending patterns, and the sense of … [Read more...]
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On February 18, federal prosecutors in Minnesota announced charges against three men Vsama Dawich Haamade, 53; his brother, Issam Darwich Hamade, 55; and Samin Ahmed Berro, 64 for conspiring to illegally export drone aircraft technology to Hezbollah, which the U.S. government defines as a "terrorist organization." But Russia is also an enemy of the U.S. government just like … [Read more...]
St. Paul City Council President Amy Brendmoen told members of ISNow, "We need to pause and take the time to answer basic questions about how a wage increase would affect workers before making any decisions." Yet, why doesn't the councilwoman tell the healthcare industry, landlords, colleges, and universities — those that are swimming in profits — that they need to pause and … [Read more...]
All too often, our “history” month turns into a tribute to the past. And while the past is an important place to lift up it is, indeed, a tributary, a stream that flows into the larger stream of an unbounded future. The future must always be greater than the present, or there has been no progress. And, in the words of Frederick Douglass, “progress concedes nothing without a … [Read more...]
Students of color need to see more educators of color I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black. My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same, even with me in front of the room. Academia and public … [Read more...]