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If you think kids are safe playing football, consider this

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Earlier, I wrote about a survey that shows that three-quarters of Americans approve their kids playing football, though nearly as many think its dangerous. Passion for pleasure and the tyranny of money drive this apparent irrationality. Responses included the suggestion that prepubescent boys can play with no serious risk.

I have just now come across a fresh New York Times article that debunks that notion.

'Witnessing Whiteness': Using our life experiences of race

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The subtitle to Shelly Tochluk's Witnessing Whiteness is "The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It." One of the choices Tochluk makes is to describe freely her own life experiences that have given her a sense of urgency about race. She also reports on several interviews she's conducted with others about how they learned about race and what changed their attitudes and understandings.

The state of our union

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I was thrilled at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last week. It has to be one of the greatest State of the Union addresses in history.

What distinguished it for me was the passion in which the president delivered it. It was filled with various proposals, but these were put forth with a great deal of idealism and emotion.

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