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People are blasting this universitys white awake student group. But it’s kind of genius.

The University of Maryland recently announced a “white awake” student group. It sounds kind of like a racist thing but it’s just the opposite. The support group is actually part of the Maryland’s psychology department and is designed as a university resource for white students who want to learn more about cultural diversity and how they can become better allies to marginalized communities. A flyer that was being distributed for the support group makes its goals clear and let’s be honest, they are just what many white people need and…

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Shes an Apple engineer AND Victorias Secret model. These sexist trolls never stood a chance.

View this post on Instagram CODING IS FOR ANYONE! @science @girlswhocode From @codingblog #coding #codinglife #codingisfun #codingpics #coder #coderlife #programmer #programmers #programmerslife #programmerlife #programmerhumor #programming #programmings #programminglife #programmingcontest A post shared by Coding engineer (@coding.engineer) on Sep 6, 2018 at 9:47pm PDT Lyndsey Scott has a resume that almost sounds too impressive to be true: she’s works as a tutor on Apple’s iOS team and is a software engineer. Full stop. That’s a career worthy of serious accolades. But she’s also a celebrated Victoria’s Secret model. And it’s her vocation…

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A court just said it’s legal to share food with homeless people. But why was it even an issue?

By Mattew Straubmuller/Flickr It’s hard to imagine a world where it’s illegal to hand a homeless person a sandwich, but that was the case in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2014, the city enacted an ordinance which made it illegal for people to share food in public parks without obtaining a “conditional use permit” and complying with the city’s social service regulations for “outdoor food food distribution centers.” The ordinance was part of a set of laws to combat homelessness and, evidently, human decency. The same year, two ministers and a…

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Turns out, size 14 is no longer the average size for an American woman.

Simpleinsomnia/Flickr American women have long been told the average size is a 14. Hopefully, all that will change because a new study published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education reveals that the average size of American women is now 16 to 18. The study sampled the waist sizes of more than 5,500 women and found that over the past 21 years, the average woman gained 2.6 inches around the waist, from 34.9 inches to 37.5 inches. Deborah A. Christel Researchers hope that upon learning about the…

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Fox News thought they could pick on Denmark. They were hilariously roasted instead.

Kristoffer Trolle/Flickr Socialism is a broad term that conservatives often play fast and loose with. Most commonly they equate totalitarian socialist/communist regimes (Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela) with European democratic socialist states (Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway). They often make the same false equivalency to criticize American democratic socialist politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. @SenSanders And Socialism has taken its latest victims…the people of Venezuela. Liberals are truly ignorant which is what the Democrat/Socialist Party wants. Socialism, two classes, have and have nots Bernie will be where…

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A scorching hot take on why younger people say ‘no problem’ instead of ‘you’re welcome.’

Have you ever wondered why people don’t seem to say “you’re welcome” anymore? Back in 2015, author and professor Tom Nichols tweeted out an angry response after receiving what he thought was poor customer service: “Dear Every Cashier in America: the proper response to ‘thank you’ is ‘you’re welcome,’ not ‘no problem.’ And *you’re* supposed to thank *me*” Dear Every Cashier in America: the proper response to “thank you” is “you’re welcome,” not “no problem.” And *you’re* supposed to thank *me* — Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 13, 2015 The angry…

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A school shut down after threats to a trans student. Now people are racing to support her.

A school in Oklahoma is shut down for two days after threats were made against a 12-year-old student. Achille School is not normally in the news. After all, the small town is only home to around 500 people. That changed after reports that some parents have allegedly made threats against a 7th grade student named “Maddie” that included references to assault with a knife and encouraging other students to physically assault her. Maddie is a transgender girl. When she moved to Achille school, a student complained about her using the…

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Trump wanted to look tough posing with bikers. It backfired in a major way.

Notice anything wrong with this picture? ​Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images. And no, we’re not just talking about Trump’s duck face pose. During his latest vacation, the president posed for photos with supporters calling themselves “Bikers for Trump” during a visit to the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. Motorcycles are cool, there’s no denying that. But Trump has a growing history of taking beloved things – football, LeBron James, and Harley’s to name just a few recent examples, and politicizing them to toxic and polarizing levels. After all, who can…

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Celebrities are revealing their humbling first jobs to show there’s hope for all of us.

Photos by Montcalir Film/Flickr and LinJurveston/Flickr. Nobody starts at the top. Unless, of course, they come from a wealthy and connected family, and they get to bypass all the life lessons on the road to success. Nearly everyone else starts off somewhere near the bottom. There are a lot of factors that determine how successful one will become. Research published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior found the biggest predictor of success is emotional intelligence. Interpersonal competence, self-awareness, and social awareness are the best predictors of long-term success. People have…

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They’re each famous for different reasons. But as kids, these women wore the same uniform.

When was the last time a Girl Scout inspired you to follow your dreams? If your answer involves dreaming of Girl Scout cookies, then I don’t blame you — getting your hands on those Thin Mints can be a real motivator. But what you may not realize is that Girl Scouts have influenced the world in much bigger ways that don’t involve their awesome cookies. In fact, some Girl Scouts have changed the course of history. We’re talking astronauts, political leaders, activists, and more. Girl Scouts of the USA reports…

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Obama just made a big endorsement that could help make history this November.

All things considered, President Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile ahead of the midterms. That is, until now. Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images. On August 1, #44 released the names of candidates he’s endorsing, as November creeps nearer. With a polarizing, unpopular president wading through his first term, Democrats have a real shot at taking back the House and winning a number of consequential state races. On Wednesday, August 1, Obama gave us the first clear picture of whom he wants succeeding in a potential blue wave. He…

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Anita Hill nailed why we need to rethink who’s to blame when it comes to sexual abuse.

In October 1991, Anita Hill sat before five white male senators during Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearing and bravely spoke her truth. As her former supervisor, Hill said, Thomas had sexually harassed her in the workplace. Her recollections and testimony — given long before the #MeToo era helped change the way we see sexual harassment and assault — were criticized, questioned, and brushed aside by congressional leaders. Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court shortly after. But Hill’s voice was instrumental in helping pave the way for survivors to speak up.…

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This flight attendant had a gut feeling about human trafficking. So he followed it.

When three young women and a man boarded his flight, Wesley Hirata had a bad feeling. The seasoned flight attendant, who has been with Hawaiian Airlines for the past 16 years, was concerned when he noticed an older man walking onto the plane with three young women. They didn’t seem like they belonged together. While this usually wouldn’t be cause for concern — families come in all different shapes and sizes, after all — Hirata couldn’t shake his instincts. He talked to the group (though what he asked wasn’t specified)…

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In honor of Nia Wilson, Anne Hathaway wrote a fiery Instagram post about white privilege.

Photo via Anne Hathaway/Instagram; wyeshawatts/Instagram. Nia Wilson had big dreams. Like a lot of teenagers, the 18-year-old loved to rap and sing. Wilson hoped to become a lawyer and start her own cosmetics brand one day. But unfortunately, those aspirations were tragically put to an end. On July 22, 2018, when Wilson and her two sisters were stepping out of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train in Oakland, California, she was stabbed to death by a white man. Her death caused an uproar across the nation. While police have…

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A mom who lost her son to gun violence just won a huge primary in Georgia.

A tragedy introduced Lucy McBath to the American public. But now she’s working to transform that pain into progress. McBath’s 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was killed in 2012 after an argument with another man at a gas station over loud music. After her son’s death, McBath became a public advocate for gun control, joining Everytown for Gun Safety and appearing at the White House with President Obama in 2016 for a summit on gun violence. Later that year, she campaigned with Hillary Clinton during her presidential run. It was only…

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