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Carman: Fourth of July is a chance to finally face some not-so-self-evident truths

It’s Independence Day, a celebration of the declaration that inspired a scrappy people to rise in opposition to their colonial oppressors and establish a great nation.  On this, there is little controversy.  Beautifully written and lofty in its ideals, the Declaration of Independence not only establishes that “all men are created equal,” but beseeches people […]

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Littwin: It was long past due for Juneteenth to become a national holiday, but why did it happen now?

It seems as if the idea for the Juneteenth federal holiday sprang up from nowhere. It didn’t, of course. Many of those in the Black community have celebrated it for generations. We’ve celebrated it in Denver for years. Activists like 94-year-old Opal Lee , who was among those chosen to attend Joe Biden’s signing ceremony, […]

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A Fort Collins chocolate maker has the world’s largest selection of single-origin bars, but that’s not its purpose

FORT COLLINS — At some point in the past few years, Nuance Chocolate became what is believed to be the world’s largest maker of single-origin chocolate.  Not that founders Toby and Alix Gadd were keeping track. Their Old Town Fort Collins store and nearby chocolate factory literally feeds their passion to sample chocolate from all […]

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“A pioneer buried without a headstone.” Those words launched a Colorado author on a historical journey

Polly E. Bugros McLean is associate professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she has served as director of Women and Gender Studies and as the faculty associate to the chancellor. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Chancellor’s Committee on Women Award, the Chancellor’s Equity and […]

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Carman: To understand the legacy of slavery, look no further than the fragile white folks who can’t handle the truth

It’s been weeks since the New York Times Magazine published its intense, sprawling 1619 Project and the shock waves continue.  Listen carefully and you’ll notice that white people overwhelmingly express two very different reactions when the topic arises over the pinot grigio and dry martinis. It’s either, “Why haven’t I ever heard this stuff?” or […]

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Opinion: Colorado faith leaders reflect on the 400th anniversary of enslaved Africans arriving in Virginia

In late August 1619, a small group of enslaved West Africans arrived by boat to Virginia. Their arrival marked the beginning of systemic chattel slavery in the United States that would ultimately enslave millions of people of African heritage. Over the next 250 years, slavery spread beyond Virginia to other states across the nation, including […]

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A preview of Colorado’s 2018 ballot: Taxes, roads and an existential crisis for oil and gas

This time two years ago, Colorado voters “raised the bar” in a bid to shrink the state’s ballot and keep potentially devastating policies out of the state constitution. Two years later? In the first test of the new requirements, the statewide ballot looks as packed as ever. And Colorado political leaders say the stakes are […]