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Officials: New Military Roles To Open For Women

(Source: NPR)

For the past decade women in the U.S. military have served, fought and died on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Pentagon rules will catch up a bit with reality, recommending to Congress that women be allowed to serve in more jobs closer to the front lines.

According to defense officials, the new rules are expected to continue the long-held prohibition that prevents women from serving as infantry, armor and special operations forces. But they will formally allow women to serve in other jobs at the battalion level, which until now had been considered too close to combat.

In reality, however, the necessity of war has already propelled women to the front lines — often as medics, military police or intelligence officers. So, while they couldn’t be assigned as an infantryman in a battalion or company going out on patrol, they could fly the helicopter supporting the unit, or move in to provide medical aid if troops were injured.

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The Invisible War: New Film Exposes Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic in U.S. Military

(Source: Democracy Now!)

On the heels of a new military survey that the number of reported violent sex crimes jumped 30 percent in 2011, with active-duty female soldiers ages 18 to 21 accounting for more than half of the of the victims, we speak with Trina McDonald and Kori Cioca, two subjects of “The Invisible War,” a new documentary that examines the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military, which won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. “Not only was I astounded by the numbers, but when I started talking to the women and men who had experienced this, I was just so devastated by their stories,” says the film’s Academy Award-nominated director, Kirby Dick. “These are women and men who are very idealistic. They joined the military because they wanted to serve their country. They were incredible soldiers. And then, when they were assaulted, they had the courage to come forward, even though many people advised them not to,” Dick says.

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White Women’s Rage: 5 Thoughts on Why Jan Brewer Should Keep Her Fingers to Herself

(Source: The Crunk Feminist Collective)

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Is White, Working Class America ‘Coming Apart’?

(Source: NPR)

According to the libertarian social scientist Charles Murray, America is “coming apart at the seams.” Class strain has cleaved society into two groups, he argues in his new book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010: an upper class, defined by educational attainment, and a new lower class, characterized by the lack of it. Murray also posits that the new “lower class” is less industrious, less likely to marry and raise children in a two-parent household, and more politically and socially disengaged.

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Republican Racism is an Air Raid Siren, Not a Dog Whistle

(Source: AlterNet)

On his MSNBC show Hardball, Chris Matthews called out Newt Gingrich and other Republicans for what he described as their “dog whistle” appeals to white racism during the South Carolina debate on Monday night.

He was correct in identifying the work that racism does for the Tea Party GOP and its candidates in their efforts to win over white conservative voters. However, Chris Matthews was too generous and kind. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and other Republican candidates are not engaging in subtle dog whistles to their faithful, where racism and white racial anxiety hides in the background, masked and hidden by other language.

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The Loving War: How Black History Is Both Black And White

(Source: NPR)

In 1958, a couple was awakened in the middle of the night and arrested — just for being married. That is, just for being an interracial marriage. The craziest part: Their last name was Loving.

Mildred Loving greets her husband, Richard, on their front porch, 1965.

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Mildred Loving greets her husband, Richard, on their front porch, 1965.

The Great Recession in Black Wealth

(Source: Dollars & Sense)

The Great Recession produced the largest setback in racial wealth equality in the United States over the last quarter century. In 2009 the average white household’s wealth was twenty times that of the average black household, nearly double that in previous years, according to a 2011 report by the Pew Research Center.

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