09 May 2013

Ta-Nehisi Coates is absolutely right about accountability for District Attorney Lederer (who sent five innocent boys to prison in 1989):

The notion that someone who played a principle[sic] role in this travesty should be training lawyers at one of the best schools in the country is rather amazing. We are not suggesting that our prosecutors must live "without error." We are suggest[sic] that those who participated in one of the most dubious cases in the city's history, and have never apologized for it, should not be in the business of educating the next generation of lawyers.

Predictably, though, the luminaries of polite society (Ken Burns included) are on the other side of this debate.  Because the last thing we need to do is hold individuals with institutional power accountable for abusing it.  In a disgustingly honeyed apologia, Jim Dwyer tells New York Times readers that 1989 was "a rancid, angry, fearful time," and therefore nobody is responsible for anything he or she did back then (at least if they now teach at Columbia Law School).

08 May 2013

Pace Lil Wayne, it's not a fair world that we live in.

I celebrate the honesty of Jason Collins too.  The thing is, I know America could not have reached this point as a country emancipating itself from homophobia without people like Larry Kramer, who were giant pains in the ass when being gay was a truly taboo subject for the media.

Fairness only comes with struggle, a message admirably conveyed by this segment from All In with Chris Hayes:

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