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"At first, I questioned my assumption that black people in America generally don’t go off into the forest to pitch a tent and cook beans over a fire. I am an urban negro, a man of the cities, but what of blacks in rural areas or blacks with high concentrations of white friends?"

Brandon Harris looks straight at the unbearable whiteness of camping.

Sports, Race and The Politics of Shirts

I'm fascinated by the budding cultural politics of shirts, as we're seeing it play out over the last few days in professional sports. As you've no doubt seen, a growing number of African-American professional athletes have either worn the Garner-related "I Can't Breathe" shirt or in the case of the St Louis Rams and others the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture tied to the death of Michael Brown.

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Still Nothing

We're less than four hours away from a government shutdown, and it seems that there is no plan to stop that from happening. Both sides seem to say that there's no way a shutdown will actually take place, but there's still no word from Republican House leadership about what, if anything, the House will vote on thus far.

The only people who appear to have a plan are Steve King and Michele Bachmann.

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