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In South Africa, apartheid has been over for two decades. So it's really no surprise that being white in the country feels different now from the way it did under the forced system of harsh, institutionalized racial segregation that curtailed the rights of black residents in favor or the ruling Afrikaaner population.
As the BBC's John Simpson acknowledges in a piece today, the legacy of apartheid means that white South Africans still have a disproportionate influence on the economy, politics and media and have far more wealth than their black counterparts. But Simpson, seemingly somewhat nostalgic for "the old days" when "the apartheid system looked after whites and did very little for anyone else," wonders whether they -- especially the working-class among them -- have a future in the country.
Look below the surface and you will find poverty and a sense of growing vulnerability.
Writing at the Shadow League, Megan Livingston explains why Olivia Pope is a game changer and an everywoman.
I do not nor did I ever, care who the mole was, at least not much. I was even a little fuzzy on why it mattered, in part because the act of watching Shonda Rhimes' newest creation, marathon-style, does inspire the onset of a nasty case of plot-twist overload dizziness. But the truth is, pretty much all I want is to see Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III, in all his WASP regalia as the fictional 44th President of the United States, grab Olivia Pope's butt. You know, because it's a black butt. And it's on TV. And at the same time, and for the same reasons, that last thing I ever want to see is him grab her butt; in fact, I place my crisscrossed fingers over my eyes so that I do not see it, because I am an American.
It's hard to avoid the conclusion that this White House has one way of addressing the social ills of black people -- and particularly black youths -- and another way of addressing everyone else, writes Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic.
Minister and lawyer E.W. Jackson won the GOP nomination for Virginia lieutenant governor on Saturday. The development has inspired some to take a new look at his strong -- and, some would say, outrageous -- views on everything from President Obama's "Muslim sensibilities" to a KKK-and-Planned Parenthood comparison.
Christians should stop wielding religion as a tool of oppression, write Evette Dionne at Clutch magazine.
"The Fighting Temptations" is one of the funniest, tongue-in-cheek depictions of the Pentecostal Baptist church ...
Though Paulina is a caricature, my then 14-year-old brain couldn't comprehend how any Christian could be so devious and conniving. Paulina was the polar opposite of what I was fed in church, so I turned to my mother for answers. My mom's answer was succinct: "All Christians don't follow God's word."