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"In that moment I realized something—in our house we never called them bullies or mean boys or bad kids. They’re the boys who used mean words, yes. Boys who made a bad choice, yes. But in our home we assumed they’re boys learning how to handle words, emotions, and hurts just like us. It never occurred to us to ‘other’ them by giving them a label or making them into villains."

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"In modern America we believe racism to be the property of the uniquely villainous and morally deformed, the ideology of trolls, gorgons and orcs. We believe this even when we are actually being racist. In 1957, neighbors in Levittown, Pa., uniting under the flag of segregation, wrote: “As moral, religious and law-abiding citizens, we feel that we are unprejudiced and undiscriminating in our wish to keep our community a closed community.”"

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"For I am convinced, right along with the Apostle Paul, that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any other power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.* Not even “neither virginity nor promiscuity” and all points between can separate you from this love. You are loved – without condition – beyond your wildest dreams already"

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"“Choose life, so that you may live … For the Lord is your life.” -Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV)"

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"From the depths of my own soul, I learned that freedom is not indivisible. We cannot take freedom away from others and expect to keep it for ourselves. Freedom doesn’t work like that. Freedom needs room to breathe and when we close in the walls on others, when we erect walls and prisons and separate townships and unjust economic systems, it’s not possible to breathe through the injustice and oppression without taking in big gulps of it for ourselves. We become what we inflict. And our sons and daughters will suffer that which we inflict on others; maybe not externally, but certainly in their souls"

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On February 11, 1990, after 27 years in prison, anti-Apartheid activist, lawyer, political leader and counter-terrorist freedom fighter Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison.

After being convicted of sabotage in 1964, Mandela was sentenced to life in prison and spent 18 years in the brutal and infamous prison known as ‘Robben Island’, a few miles of the coast of Cape Town, along with the likes of Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki (father of former president Thabo Mbeki), John Nyathi Pokela, Tokyo Sexwale, Robert Sobukwe and current president of South Africa Jacob Zuma.

In 1989, F.W. De Klerk became South African president and as part of the road to ending Apartheid, he lifted the ban on the ANC, suspended executions, and ordered the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners.

In 1993, Mandela and De Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1994, after a successful campaign as leader of the ANC, Mandela was became the first democratically elected president of South Africa, as well as the country’s first ever black president.

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"I worry about whether she might have internalized even a tiny bit of Lil Wayne’s message—that her purpose in life is to bounce her butt in his face. I worry that when she and her friends are around some boys who are trying to recreate their own rap videos, will the girls immediately recognize the exploitation taking place—or will they turn around and drop it low?"

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"I have a degree from UCLA. I’m an amateur historian who has written books about World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and African-American inventors. I read a lot of fiction as well as non-fiction. I watch TV and movies. I have acted in both. I have been a political activist and an advocate for children’s education. How should an aging, black jock like myself know anything about pop culture? Man, I am a living part of pop culture and have been for nearly 50 years. Beyond that, I think pop culture expresses our needs, fears, hopes and whole zeitgeist better than some of the more esoteric and obscure forms of art."

Source: The Huffington Post