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Teacher disciplined for 'Santa is white' remark, Associated Press, December 14, 2013

"Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, said Saturday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student, but they declined to say how.

The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

Michael Rougier told KOB-TV his ninth-grade son, Christopher, arrived wearing a Santa hat and beard, and the teacher asked the boy: "Don't you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?"

homicide rates, gun control, and economic injustice in one infographic

I'll follow-up later with the detailed analysis that produced this. Full-size version here.

U.S. private sector union membership, 1948-2004

From PoliticalCalculations: http://politicalcalculations.blogspot.com/2006/03/union-membership-trends-in-us-private.html.

U.S. unemployment rate, 1948-2011

U.S. unemployement rate, 1948-2011, seasonally adjusted. From the Buereua of Labor Statistics. http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/surveymost?bls

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