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Sociologist James W. Loewen is the author of Lies My Teacher Told Me.

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  • How 20th Century: Going to the Library to Get a Book

    by James W Loewen

    "Our grandchildren, having grown used to nature-deficit-disorder, having adjusted to a society without civic acts, having abandoned face-to-face interaction even when face to face, won't even know what this essay is about."

  • Let Our Seniors Go

    by James W Loewen

    Our prisons bulge with too many old people, mostly black, put there with too long prison terms, for violent crimes like murder and rape.

  • The CIA Has a Museum?

    by James W Loewen

    The CIA never tells about it, but one of their own confirmed it. It's a mystery worthy of the agency.

  • Scalping Columbus

    by James W Loewen

    "Some of my stories are total fabrications disguised as the truth."--Fortunate Eagle

  • Revising the SAT To Make It Even Worse

    by James W Loewen

    Happily, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) - the folks who bring us the SAT - have heard the increasing protests against their product. But ...

  • George Zimmerman, Harmony Stair, and the Elephant in the Room


    Credit: Wiki Commons.

    After the Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter for killing Trayvon Martin, everyone had an opinion about the verdict. Many people sought my opinion, including a major radio station in Jamaica and Al Jazeera. I knew that my own knowledge about the killing was no more than that of most of my listeners or readers. Hence I could not add to their knowledge base. I could only give them my opinion about the matter. So it would be about me and my opinion. What's the point of that?

    I had expected the jury to find Zimmerman guilty of involuntary manslaughter. In my mind, I had compared his action to the fairly notorious 2011 case of Harmony Stair, a 33-year-old woman from Blacksburg, Virginia who was 7½ months pregnant. Stair had been making jello shots for a party and sampled her product. (Jello shots are small servings of jello made with vodka or grain alcohol.) She then drove drunk, causing a crash that fatally injured her fetus. Like Zimmerman, she was charged with manslaughter for his (her child's) death. Unlike Zimmerman, she was not charged with second-degree murder.

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