Race and Gender

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Covering a story about society and culture? Here’s the latest from AEI’s Society and Culture experts.

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A look beneath the surface of NAEP’s 2014 social science test results reveals that, within racial and socioeconomic subgroups, students’ scores are improving. Overall growth appears stagnant simply because of changes in student poverty and race ratios.

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Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina May 9, 2015. Reuters

I’d rather live in a world where the media treated all politicians with similar skepticism. Instead, female and minority Democrats are uncritically celebrated while Republicans are treated like traitors to their race or gender simply because they don’t think the way they’re “supposed” to.

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How certain states’ voting districts are gerrymandered into racially homogeneous zones and law suits challenging race-based legislation in the courts.

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Demonstrators march in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015.  Reuters

Neighborhoods matter because culture matters. Middle-class families have always known this, which is why so many parents move to the suburbs in pursuit of safer streets, better schools and shared values.

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Recent years has seen the rise of so-called ‘trigger warnings’ and are now featured not just in blogs – where they were originally seen – but in newspapers and classrooms as well. It seems, however, that they also create hostile environments for critical thinking and free expression.

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) addresses the International Association of Firefighters delegates at IAFF Presidential Forum in Washington, March 10, 2015. Reuters

A reasonable or informed person could argue that many regulations are good or valuable. But O’Malley’s position is not that of a reasonable or informed person, it is modern-day know-nothingism.

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What exactly are trigger warnings and are they something we should welcome? AEI Scholar Christina Hoff Sommers gives you the facts.

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Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll (R) and Dean of Academic Affairs Sheila Coronel appear at a news conference at Columbia University in New York April 6, 2015. A Columbia University review of a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity was released on Sunday, addressing questions of journalistic principles raised by the provocative article. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The real reason for Rolling Stone’s missteps in the UVA rape article is ideological groupthink. No one will be punished or fired because in their hearts, they believe they were right, and that’s all that matters.

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Marriage has a transformative effect on adult behavior, emotional health, and financial well-being—particularly for men.

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