Twenty-five years ago, qualitative researchers at John Hopkins University began following a group of 800 first-graders in Baltimore, Maryland. By conducting frequent interviews with the children and their families from first grade through adulthood, Karl Alexander and his team of researchers were able to map the socioeconomic trajectories of their young subjects.
A family’s resources and the doors they open cast a long shadow over children’s life trajectories. This view is at odds with the popular ethos that we are makers of our own fortune.”
The study’s findings contradict the long-held American ideology of rugged individualism – the belief that we are makers of our own fortune – by clearly showing that a child’s life trajectory is almost entirely determined by the resources of the family he or she is born into. Among the study’s findings, most sobering are the absence of children from low-income families in higher education and the disparity along racial lines of job opportunities for low-income men, with white men being employed at a rate 3 times that of their black counterparts.
Click here to read more about the study, or dive into the details of the findings in Alexander’s book, The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood.
Opponents of marriage equality, including groups such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Family Research Council (FRC), are working on 3 different plans to stem the marriage equality tide. Most likely, none of them will work. The plans actually contradict each other, but that doesn’t matter to conservatives. Their plans will take the time and energy of marriage equality proponents and that is what they want. They are just trying to delay and disrupt as long as possible.
Here are the 3 plans:
- DOMA-Light limits federal recognition only to states that also view the unions as legal.
- State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 (SMDA) married couples who enter a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage would lose their federal benefits.
- Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (MRFA) would allow individuals to use their own religious beliefs to justify not legally recognizing a same-sex marriage. It would implement a blanket license to discriminate against same-sex marriages across the country.
Read the full article here.
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Another excellent Chipotle branding/advocacy animated short film/advertisement by@moonbotstudios. This time a companion to the app game http://t.co/syfrlD0hBg.