Category Archives: The Lies We Tell

Diversity, racism, higher education and the real cost of baked goods

By David Oppenheimer | An opinion piece for Daily Californian

If we want to make a point by holding bake sales with differential pricing based on race, let’s get the prices right. It is empirically well established that blacks and Hispanic Americans pay more for goods and services, while getting less than white Americans.
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5 takeways from ‘The FAB FIVE’ documentary

Five college freshmen ignited a basketball revolution. If you’re a sports fan I’m sure you’ve heard or seen some sort of sound bite or conversation around the new “FAB FIVE” documentary. The two-hour film aired on March 13 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and depicts the story of Jalen Rose and his other Fab Five teammates, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Called by some “the greatest class ever recruited,” the five freshmen not only electrified the game, but also brought new style with their baggy shorts, black socks and ‘trash’ talk.

“The Fab Five” relives the recruitment process that got all five of them to Ann Arbor, the cultural impact they made, the two runs to NCAA title game, the Webber “timeout” in the 1993 championship and the scandal that eventually tarnished their accomplishments. Among other things. Finally catching the film, weekend before last, I found myself watching it 3 times in one day. I found it that powerful and thought-provoking. Below are 5 things I took away from the FAB FIVE documentary.

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Unindicted Co-Conspirators…


If you’ve tuned into any news network or read any paper, I’m sure you’ve seen something about Rep. Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who  held the first in a possible series of congressional hearings on the “Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community’s Response.”

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