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Should Propranolol Be Forcibly Fed to Prisoners?

Can we govern morality through medication?  If so, should we then mandate that immoral people be forced to comply with the shared social justice of the surrounding community?

I was taken with the recent news that Propranolol, a heart medication, has shown in a limited study, to reduce Racism.  Can we really heal social imbalances just by taking a pill?  If so, should we then force feed Racists Propranolol so they can become better human beings with less aggressive hatred in their behavior?

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The Unbearable Lightening of Beyonce

Poor Beyonce.  She’s been put through a lot lately — and it’s all be done by her own wringing hands.  Her Fake Baby Pregnancy meme won’t die.  She’s been caught stealing from Bob Fosse.  Now, her “Blackness” is being called into question — yet again! — by her own perverse sense of self and Racial identification.

We have wondered here in the past about the cultural constrictions we press into skin color, and a related and deeper issue is one of darker skin — Black skin in particular — and how it is socially demonized by negative, historical, intellectual and emotional touchstones associated with “Blackness.”

Take a look at the cover of Beyonce’s new album below.  Is that her natural skin tone?  Is that what her real nose looks like?  Are her arms and legs that skinny?  Why is she not comfortable in her own skin?  Why is she publicly rebelling against her bones?

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The Negro in Eastern Europe

In the Boles Blogs Network, we deal with a lot of sensitive issues and some of those burning embers have Racial issues glowering in their core.  We’ve discussed Nigger Toes, the historical implications of Darkness, and black labels and meaning:

We have used the word “Nigger” here in various forms and consequences and the most famous instance is my “Nigger Tax” article. We use real words with real — perhaps even unpopular — meanings here because those words are accurate and definite even if they stab and wound. Our intention is never to hurt.

We only wish to provide a forum for analysis and a community well for the discussion of unpopular and uncomfortable topics. So let’s do the right thing and crack open the Merriam-Webster dictionary to learn the truth of these words in context and their use in American colloquial speech. Let’s start with “Niggle:” …

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Texas Mud and Racism in The King and I

When I was in grade school at Brownell Elementary, our music teacher was married to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music professor named Roger L. Stephens.  Roger died in February of this year, and his death propelled me back to the fourth grade and his direction of The King and I at UNL’s Kimball Recital Hall.

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The Ruse of Non-Traditional Casting

Non-traditional casting is a political ruse that needs to end.  If you haven’t heard that term before, “non-traditional casting” is a politically elevated cultural cudgel that argues you can cast any actor of any gender, Race, color or creed, in any role for any reason and the audience will be fine with it because the theatre is colorblind and Race-neutral and culturally sensitive.  It’s all a bunch of hooey.

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Cupcakes in Blackface and the Disgrace of Duncan Hines Racism

Duncan Hines have done the unconscionable with their new “Amazing Grace” — ooops, I mean, “Amazing Glazes” — instant cupcake frosting advertising campaign.  They have brought back the Blackface comedy routine for mainstream profit in the form of a dessert Minstrel show.

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Black Children in Poverty

Statistics from the latest census were released a week ago, and the news is pretty terrible for all children across the United States and the warnings are especially grim for Black children living in poverty in Washington, D.C.

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