Identification photos of female prisoners on display in a former concentration camp bunker at Auschwitz I.  Prisoners who arrived at the camp for immediate execution were not photographed. Sticky post

Auschwitz I

In June 2014, I travelled to New York, Germany and Poland as a FASPE journalism fellow.  The Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is a fellowship program of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York that takes young professionals in journalism, law, medicine, seminary and business to important Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland where they discuss professional ethics under the lens … Continue reading Auschwitz I

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What’s wrong with the Redskins?

Photo by Washington Redskins photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I don’t think many football fans give the image in the Redskins jersey much thought.  Football is about tackles and yardage and touchdowns. The Redskins are the guys who brought home three NFL championships and three Superbowl rings.  They’ve been the Redskins for over eighty years.  So why does it matter what they’re called?

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Eustache Le Sueur [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Rape Culture is Your Fault

Rape is a social plague that has existed for millennia. What’s new is that we’re talking about it. This is why the term “rape culture” is somewhat problematic. To many, it erroneously implies that one culture in particular is the unique wellspring of a set of depraved cultural mores that center around rape. That’s just not true. What the expression does get right, however, is that we all share responsibility for it. Continue reading Rape Culture is Your Fault

Political Drama

We will never escape high school.  Good citizen that I am, I try to follow the presidential candidates, but watching the debates last week I realized there is no difference between the political stage and the halls of your local high school. Hillary, of course, is the popular girl.  The Alpha.  The Mean Girl, depending on your perspective.  You either love her or hate her, … Continue reading Political Drama


Law Will Let Texas Teachers Use Deadly Force against Students

A newly introduced Texas law would allow teachers to kill their students. Texas Republican state representative Dan Flynn submitted HB 868, The Teacher Protection Act, to the state legislature on January 22.  “An educator is justified in using force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of students of the school that employs the educator if, … Continue reading Law Will Let Texas Teachers Use Deadly Force against Students