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Four years ago, on the morning after the 2016 Election, I was prepping for a funeral. The country I thought I knew had died. In a deep state of mourning — dressed completely in black as a sign of silent protest — I went to my law school classes knowing that my country had royally f**ked itself. It had just elected a conman with clearly fascist, authoritarian tendencies to the highest office in the land.

My social media post that fateful November 9 morning reflected my profound disappointment:

“Today, even as I’ve seen the outcome, l still struggle to wrap…

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I do a lot of daily reading. News. Op-eds. Political and legal commentary. Nonfiction books. As a practicing attorney, it goes with the job. I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent, informed person. So, naturally, I used to attribute civic ignorance to a lack of reading — If only people read more, the more informed they would be.

But the more I observe, I no longer think that’s entirely accurate. It’s not so much that the ill-informed don’t read; it’s what they read.

Some of the staunchest conspiracy theorists I know do a substantial amount of reading. They spend…

Five Things You Should Know About DACA Before November

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“The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately” is a perfect idiom for Dreamers — the 800,000 still-undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children. Their parents bought into the vision of the “shining city on the hill” and the American dream sold to the world. They took us at our word: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” It is little wonder, then, that many fled here to leave behind the dangerous and destitute conditions in their respective home countries — some of which, lest we forget, were created by…

Racist Rhetoric Spouted by a Black Person Is Still Racist Rhetoric

Even as people across the world united against police brutality and racism following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, black conservative commentator Candace Owens took to social media Wednesday to unleash another of her shallow, pseudo-intellectual tirades. Her ignorant pandering to a largely white conservative base was on full display. Again. Over the course of 18 minutes, Owens lambasted Democrats for allegedly upholding Floyd as a hero and martyr and proceeded to unleash a barrage of inaccurate and misleading information concerning the black community. …

Lauren A. Levy, Esq.

An attorney, writer & social justice advocate, Lauren is a multiethnic woman of color who identifies as a citizen of the world. She/Her.

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