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          The article “Mass Killing in the US: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity” by Soraya Chemaly discusses the issues of mass murders committed by men in North America. Chemaly exposes the fact that, when talking about white male killers, there is an obvious pattern of wearing out the subject of guns and mental illness and never addressing the basis of the problem, hegemonic masculinity. This article is a forward step to a healthier masculinity as it pinpoints the roots of violence.  

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        Colton Valentine published an article in Huffington Post June 9th, 2015, titled, ‘How To Talk To Kids About Racism In America -- With A Picture Book’, which discusses how a picture book brings to attention the idea of racism to young children between the ages of 5 and 8. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jamey Christoph, follows the life of Gordon Parks as he makes his way through Fort Scott, Kansas,  and to Washington, D.C., to express the idea of oppression in the United States.

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Ernest Owens published an article May 13th, 2015, titled ‘Now Is the Time to Start Talking About Racism in the LGBT Community’, which discusses the inherent lack of people of color in the queer community. At this moment, the United States are determining whether or not the population will be able to marry the opposite gender in all states, but the next issue should be the representation of people of color in the queer community.

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In the article (“Black characters are still revolutionary’: writers talk about the complexity of race”, Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts, The Guardian, September 4th, 2015), the author argues that black authors should not be limited to write about black characters in their stories. The author also states that the reason why many stories about black characters are considered good is because the ideas and writing of the stories come from years of oppression when blacks and other minorities were considered a lower class in society.

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