This Black Lives Matter Founder Still Has Hope For America

But after Charlottesville, there are no more excuses for not getting involved.

Nearly two weeks have passed since white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. And for some Americans, if President Donald Trump could just get his apology right — or if social justice activists would stop stirring things up — then things could get back to normal. Never mind that in America, “normal” day-to-day racism means people of color are denied job interviews because they have ethnic-sounding names, their children are funneled into the school-to-prison pipeline, and they’re stopped and frisked by law enforcement.

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The Heartwarming Reason A Teacher Asked Her Wedding Guests Not To Buy Her Presents

“I registered for tennis shoes and Converse and backpacks and winter coats."

Rickee Stewart. Image via KSL.

Many a bridezilla has agonized over whether to add a gas barbecue grill, pricey blender, or crystal-cut vase to her wedding registry — if the vase comes in a robin’s-egg blue box from Tiffany’s, all the better, right? But when it came time for high school teacher Rickee Stewart to decide between wedding gifts and her students, well, the kids mattered more than any Tiffany dream.

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80% Of America's Teachers Are White

In an ideal world, a teacher’s race shouldn’t matter. But this is not an ideal world.

My 16-year-old son had what will likely be his only black male teacher throughout his K-12 experience when he was in fifth grade. He started his junior year of high school on Thursday and called me after the half-day of classes was over. “The teachers seem cool,” he said. But once again, none of them look like my African-American son — and most students across the nation won’t have a black teacher either. Or a Latino, Native American, or Asian American one.

[quote position="left" is_quote="true"]America’s public school population has been majority children of color since 2014.[/quote]

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A Museum Tried To Shame A Mom For Breastfeeding. Yep, It Totally Backfired

Naked breasts on statues are a yes. Breastfeeding an actual human with real boobs is, apparently, a no.

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Head to any world-class art museum, and you’ll see plenty of statues from the age of antiquity. The figures, especially the Greek ones, tend to be either scantily clothed or completely naked — marble breasts bared for all the world to see. But if you’re a woman visiting a museum with a hungry baby that needs to be fed from your flesh and blood human breasts, you might be shamed by an employee for doing so.

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