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Language police doing major harm to their own goal of social justice

“Times have changed.”

The person telling me this over Zoom was, like me, a middle-aged white doctor and privileged. But despite our shared experiences, this physician, chairman of a hospital department to which I’d just delivered a Grand Rounds lecture, was taking on the role of unsolicited mentor, giving me feedback that might be “helpful” after the talk.

His problem with my lecture? “The part when you talked about race.” 

The majority of Grand Rounds talks in medical centers involve the latest scientific breakthroughs or insights about diseases. In contrast, lectures I’ve given since my book “Exhale” was published

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Biden fires top official at Social Security Administration after he refuses to resign

Biden had asked for the top two officials at the Social Security Administration to submit their resignations, the White House official told CNN, but only Saul refused. Deputy Commissioner David Black agreed to submit his resignation, the official said, and it was accepted.

“Since taking office, Commissioner Saul has undermined and politicized Social Security disability benefits, terminated the agency’s telework policy that was utilized by up to 25 percent of the agency’s workforce, not repaired SSA’s relationships with relevant Federal employee unions including in the context of COVID-19 workplace safety planning, reduced due process protections for benefits appeals hearings, and … Read More

Judge Puts On Hold A Law Penalizing Social Media That Block Politicians’ Posts : NPR

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen earlier this month, had signed a bill into law that fined social media for shutting down politicians’ accounts. That measure has been blocked by a judge.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen earlier this month, had signed a bill into law that fined social media for shutting down politicians’ accounts. That measure has been blocked by a judge.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked for the time being a new Florida law that sought to punish large social media businesses like Facebook and

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The Washington PostFlorida governor signs bill barring social media companies from blocking political candidatesThe legislation would punish companies that suspend political candidates, and it would make it easier to bring lawsuits against tech …2 days ago

The Washington PostFlorida governor signs bill barring social media companies from blocking
political candidatesThe legislation would punish companies that suspend political candidates,
and it would make it easier to bring lawsuits against tech …2 days ago… Read More

Proposed Social Justice Resources to support WCSD English Language Arts

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -Textbooks for kindergarten through fifth grade may soon have updated content.

Washoe County School District plans to provide teachers and students with a lens into past and current events to help create a deeper understanding of society. Dr. Kristen Mcneill, Washoe County School District superintendent, said this would expand student’s cultural knowledge. It uses personal experiences and history to analyze text.

“It is really based around concerns, what is happening in our communities, and how can I be a better community member,” said Mcneill.

The district would have to introduce materials in an age-appropriate way. Educators would

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Secrets of the Whales explores language, social structure of giants of the deep

National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry spent three years documenting the cultural lives of whales. His journey is the subject of a new four-part documentary series on Disney+, Secrets of the Whales.

Intrepid film crews tracked various species of whales all over the world, capturing their unique hunting strategies, communication skills, and social structures for Secrets of the Whales, a new four-part documentary series from National Geographic, now streaming on Disney+.

The project started with National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry, who spent three years traveling around the globe documenting the culture of five different species of

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