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Lunch Links: 2013 wasn’t that bad

When we look back at 2013, it’s not exactly something to write home about with things like restrictive voter id laws, refusal to expand Medicaid, and well, just a lot of stuff happening to public education that’s too many to list

But have hope. If Time’s 2013 Person of the Year is any indication of shifting attitudes, we may soon to see a landscape that’s less on the ideological/doctrinal “policing” and more on the doing and service for the common good.

And in fact, the folks over at Think Progress makes the the case that 2013 is to be the best year in human history yet.

And Race Forward doesn’t disagree that there are victories in 2013 to celebrate:

No question that there continue to be social inequalities throughout the U.S. and the world, but people in general are more aware about it. Even though in media and advertising, for example, portrayal of women has created “destructive” ideals, there’s also been examples of advertising that at least tries to address problems of gender inequality.

And the GOP itself has recognized the importance of reaching out to minority groups such as the Asian American community, a rapidly growing electorate in Florida, Nevada, Virginia and North Carolina.

So all in all, things aren’t too bad. They could be worse. If these folks can forget their troubles for a second in their lives, I’m sure we’ll be able to carry on and work towards an even better 2014.

And… I’m not sure how this fits with anything, but I thought this cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls” was kind of cool:

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