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Trayvon Martin and the Failure to See Past Race

Anthony Thames Spare Change News On February 26, 2012, 17-yearold Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed Neighborhood Watch captain in Sanford, Florida. News reports have somewhat described the encounter between these two individuals primarily through live audio with Mr. Zimmerman calling 911 after seeing a “suspicious person” (Martin) roaming the

Guest Editorial: On Immigration, Politicians Provide Empty Rhetoric Aplenty

Ali Noorani Lo and behold, the political glitterati have realized that new Americans actually vote. And that there are a whole lot of them. To which Latinos, Asians and other new Americans respond, “Duh.”

 But, this being an election year, let the pandering begin.
Republicans talk about their love of “legal immigration,” decry federal opposition to

Food Stamps for Fast Food in Rhode Island

Robert Sondak Spare Change News Some 30,000 low-income households on food stamps in Rhode Island may now buy prepared restaurant meals at Subway fast food restaurants. The Rhode Island Food Access Project will provide healthy food options for the homeless, disabled and elderly who cannot cook for themselves or store food where they live. Rhode

Official Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Cambridge Police Report.

This document was offered on the website of The Boston Globe soon after the July 16th incident. It was then taken down for undisclosed reasons, then later re-posted in abbreviated form. Note the discrepancy between the original 911 call transcript by Ms. Whalen (available at and the text in the police report. In her