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The Age of the Pampered Princelings

What in the world is a Pampered Princeling? How about Donald J. Trump for one. His son and son in law for another. As Naomi Klein recently wrote in The Intercept: Trump has been sucking on a spigot of his father’s cash nonstop since he was in diapers, becoming a millionaire by middle school. According […]

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Papa John Schnatter Still on Ball State’s Center

Muncie, Indiana BLOG– In a world where our POTUS has given the term “bad weeks” a new meaning, a close second would have to be John Schnatter’s fall from grace as CEO & Chairman of Papa John’s Pizza franchise. His pizza empire has lost over 30% of its value since his last November comment about […]

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Government

Systemic Racism & The Criminal Justice System

Muncie, Indiana Blog– In an ideal society, everyone is treated fairly with decency and respect. A general rule is to treat others with the same respect and kindness you would like to be treated with. The problem is when people only seem to remember this rule when the latter end applies to them. The golden rule […]

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Government

ISTEP Results Show More Than Test Scores

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana (NEWS) – The annual ISTEP test results were released showing the pass/fail rates of grades 3-8 and 10th, and the results are flat. But the scores also tell many other stories. State lawmakers have bet big dollars that charter schools will improve the scores where traditional schools and teachers have […]

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Community

Charlottesville’s Act of Terror Exposes Our Shadow

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – The events yesterday in Charlottesville exposed America’s dark shadowy collective self which surfaced during former President Barack Obama’s presidency – racism or White Nationalist Supremacy. Those who write about themselves in this Nazi movement like to refer to themselves as the ‘Alt-Right.’ Whatever you want to call it, […]

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Who Engineered Racism in Muncie?

By: Todd Smekens MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS –  I was fortunate to meet with Gary Younge, a very well-respected journalist from London when he first came to Muncie. Gary writes for the Guardian UK, and stayed in Muncie for five weeks, leaving shortly after the election. While he was here, it didn’t take him long to pick up on the […]

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Culture

Why Racism Talks Fail in America – Bad Faith

Why We Fail When We Try to Talk About Race in America July 19, 2016 by Eddie Glaude This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. We asked a number of contributors to share their reactions to a post by activist and author Michelle Alexander that we published earlier this month in the aftermath of the police […]

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‘Religious Freedom Bill’ Exposes the Ugly Side of Indiana

Religious Freedom Bill Brings Darkness to the Light MUNCIE, Indiana BLOG – None of the Indiana colleges played in the Final Four Men’s Basketball Tournament, but it was still an emotional week for Hoosiers across the state. A republican governor, with the support of a supermajority of republicans in Indianapolis, who were still feeling the […]

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Culture

Gallup: Race Impacts View on Affordable Care Act?

MUNCIE, Indiana (NEWS) – We enjoy the polls we receive from Gallup at Muncie Voice because it helps define trends occurring within the United States. For instance, American’s views about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare/ACA) has fluctuated over the past year. The highest disapproval was during the media storm surrounding website issues with the national […]

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Why Racial Equality Is a Myth in America

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ cover story at The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” published last night — and the subject of this week’s Moyers & Company interview — shows how dramatically the legacy of slavery and centuries of legalized and institutionalized…