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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/27/16

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1. FDNY - Often lost in the Thanksgiving holiday season are the service men and women who don't enjoy the same festivities and time spent with families. Instead, they are working to keep us safe, and in some ways, continuing to save our lives. Kudos to the men who saved an elderly man using a rope in a last ditch effort on Friday. Definitely take time to read about their effort. 

2. Toni Morrison - I've always enjoyed Toni Morrison's stuff. I'm a big fan of her recent penned essay for the New Yorker in which she touches on the recent social climate fallout of the election. Just thought provoking stuff - as always. 

3. Andrew Wiggins - This. Enough said. 


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1. Dakota Pipeline Protest - It's such a shame that even in 2016, we're still finding new ways to marginalize Native American people on the few resources they still have. Even more of a shame is what has occurred during this entire protest duration. 

2. Colin Kapernick - I understand the point and connection of systematic oppression, but come on, this is Fidel Castro, Kap. Not the same thing, not a good optic, and really, it's VERY far reaching. You just gave one to those who are already against your message. 

3. Black Friday Shoppers - some include Black Friday shopping as a family and friendship tradition. That's cool. Do your thing. I just will never understand the need for some to tackle, stomp, trample, shove, and run for a tv, toaster, or whatever. Even with online shopping, the madness seen and stories told from retail workers is absurd. Shame. Shame. Shame. 


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