Miranda rights: Where did the right to remain silent come from

Justice, Policies

Miranda rights: Where did the right to remain silent come from

Sgt. Joe Friday on “Dragnet” delivered the lines we have all heard on TV cop shows for years in his characteristic monotone, just-the-facts-ma’am voice.

Wisecracking “Law and Order” detective Lennie Briscoe always added a little dig when he put the cuffs on a bad guy. “You probably know this next part by heart. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law …” Briscoe said in one episode of the popular crime drama that enjoyed a 20-year run and spawned several spinoffs.

Everyone who he ever turned on the television probably knows those 41 words just as well as or better than they know the Pledge of Allegiance.

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America’s Next Insurgency

Civil War, Threats

America’s Next Insurgency

Bleeding Kansas began with an eviction attempt. In late 1854, Jacob Branson, an abolitionist from Ohio, started trying to kick Franklin Coleman, a slavery proponent, off his property. Roughly a year later, Coleman ran into a friend of Branson’s at a local blacksmith’s shop. The friend berated Coleman for continuing to squat on the land and demanded that he desist. It’s not clear what, if anything, Coleman said in response. But it is clear what he did. As the friend walked away, Coleman took out a gun and killed him.

Fearing reprisal in what was a largely antislavery community, Coleman fled to a nearby town and turned himself in to a proslavery sheriff. That sheriff promptly freed him and then arrested Branson.

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To Achieve Mental Health Equity, Dismantle Social Injustice

Justice, Policies

To Achieve Mental Health Equity, Dismantle Social Injustice

Substance use disorders and other problems cannot be addressed from a position of willful ignorance about our society’s inequalities.

In her book Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, Ijeoma Oluo describes a phrase that she and her fellow social justice advocates use whenever injustice occurs in society: “works according to design,” meaning that our unequal society didn’t come about by accident – it was designed to keep historically marginalized people on the margins.

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Climate Security in the United States and Australia: A Human Security Critique

Ecology, Threats

Climate Security in the United States and Australia: A Human Security Critique

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