Vote to convict.

Former President Trump lied about winning the presidential election, deliberately worked armed white nationalists into a froth over this Big Lie, and gleefully incited them to attack the Capitol building with the intent to disrupt the democratic process and do harm to members of Congress.

Whatever your personal or political feelings about the election results, you must realize that allowing Trump to do this with nary an official consequence sets a supremely awful precedent.

Leaders are, in a rational society, responsible for the behavior of their supporters. Trump may not have known exactly what his supporters would…

Humans 101

Whiteness is a fraud and a trap. Liberation is our work.

A pen-and-ink black and white drawing of a man in a forest leaning against a tree trunk.

I don’t want to talk about being white. I frankly don’t even want to think about it.

I’d like to consider solutions to complex, global problems, such as can we light our cities with the gas generated by our garbage? Should we even have cities at all? What comes after capitalism?

I have avoided thinking about being white. Every white person has. The truth is: There is nothing else to think about.

If you think there are other things to think about, I believe you have gravely misunderstood your situation. …

We invented Whiteness for power and profit, and then forgot we did that.

(Click here to read the companion essay, The White That Binds)

Whiteness is an idea that some people made up in order to protect their money and power.

Each time the idea began to crumble along its obvious flaws, each time the profits based on the idea were threatened, it was shored up and re-plastered and reinforced and buttressed, until it has become a hulking exoskeleton of beliefs that sucks all the air out of a room and occupies all the space.

Whiteness is a fiction, a construct.

The creation of whiteness-based hierarchy is one of the most heinous frauds ever perpetrated in human…

States are reopening, but the choices are yours.

**I’m writing this article because I have some experience interpreting medical literature and applying it to my own life. I’m here to (hopefully) help you do the same.**

People are feeling confused, and deeply frustrated. I get it. I feel pretty exasperated myself. Half of my friends seem to think that they need to wipe their groceries down with disinfectant*, and the other half are agitating for bars and nightclubs to reopen.

I think the confusion is causing unnecessary suffering and conflict over what constitutes a reasonable balance of safety and liberty.

The personal concern of “will I (or someone I love) become infected?” is not the scariest problem we have.

Coronavirus protests at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, April 18, 2020.

*(Updated April 23, 2020.)*

This past week, people protested stay-at-home orders in several states, often bolstered by bizarre tweets of encouragement from the President to violate recommendations he himself has made.

“The government, at all levels, has overstepped its authority in their request to ‘protect’ Americans from a virus,” Mary Burkett, a Republican candidate for Utah’s 2nd congressional district who participated in a demonstration in Washington County, Utah, said in a news release.

“The American citizen is perfectly capable of deciding…

Everyone should wear a mask inside public spaces.

A black, cloth face mask with the words “My mask protects you. Where’s yours?”

I wrote an article a few weeks ago (has it only been a few weeks? my internal clock feels like it was last year), in which I laid out three basic rules to follow to avoid viral illness. You can read it here.

I didn’t tell you to wear a mask.

At the time, the CDC was discouraging people from mask-wearing. Their perspective, way back then, seemed to be that people could not be trusted to:

  1. Not hoard surgical and N95 masks that healthcare workers desperately need right now;
  2. Wear masks properly…

Everyone is scared of COVID-19 (the disease caused by novel coronavirus). I get it. I’ve been in the hospital a lot in my life, and I definitely don’t want to go back. But a lot of the advice that I’ve seen lately about how to stay safe is pretty ridiculous. I’ll address some specific myths at the end, but first — let me tell you how I know what works and what doesn’t.

I have a genetic defect, one that I was born with. Because of it, my immune cells weren’t good at combating infection or illness. …

When all this is over, I’m going to be grateful for every day that I wake up without pain.

The things no one wants to do, I will be ecstatic for — like getting up early to go for a run in the morning the way I used to. I’m going to be grateful for every meal that I get to enjoy without this little mountain of pills in a nagging cup beside me. I’m going to be grateful for cocktails and coffee, for snuggles with kittens, for sleeping in and spontaneous sex. I’m going to love having hair, just so I can cut it all off — on my terms. …

It’s what we do that matters.

The opportunity all of these late-breaking anonymous “unsung heroes” had to protect American democracy from an unfit executive was during the 2016 GOP national convention, when, instead, they allowed Trump to receive the Republican presidential nomination.

They didn’t want to protect American democratic ideals then. They wanted to “Take back the country!” and “Lock her up!” They wanted a big, White wave to wash away Obama’s legacy.

Now, these people want to tell us how they are “protecting American democracy” from the inside, by covertly disobeying the insane will of a corrupt leader, whose…

If #BlueLivesMatter, then do what it takes to make police safer

(Published Jul 14, 2016, updated Sept 14, 2018)

(See the author’s comment on this story — June 10, 2020.)

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” All police are less safe, all police are more likely to be threatened, assaulted, and shot, when we allow abusive police behavior to continue unchecked.

On July 6, 2016, on a Wednesday, Philando Castile, his girlfriend, Diamond Lavish Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter, were driving home from the grocery store in St. Paul, Minnesota, when they were pulled over by a police officer. According to Lavish (in a video immediately after the shooting…

A.M. Carter

A.M. Carter earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes about philosophy, science, politics and current events.

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