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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 my mind around what an immense setback this will be for the progress we’ve made in this nation, progress that many have fought tooth and nail for over the last 50+ years. …


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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 hours poring over drivel on sites like Breitbart, World Net Daily, or content they were redirected to from hubs like QAnon or InfoWars. The problem, it seems, is the atrophy of critical-thinking skills that allow one to distinguish facts and cogent analysis from mere propaganda. It’s the reason 48 percent of Americans find it difficult to distinguish between truth and falsity when using social media, including 16 percent who find it “very hard.” It’s the reason people who READ have fallen prey to outlandish, “batshit crazy” beliefs. Democrats eating children. Hillary Clinton participating in ritualistic Satanic child mutilation while running a ring of elite pedophiles trafficking in children. And it’s the reason a woman named Rein Lively entered a Target and trashed the store’s entire mask display. …


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 U.S. …


Racist Rhetoric Spouted by a Black Person Is Still Racist Rhetoric

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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. …

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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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