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A Father’s Day Gift Guide For The Cool Dad In Your Life

He's not a regular dad. He's a cool dad.

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Your dad is so much cooler than ties and "World's Best Dad" mugs—upgrade your Father's Day gift for your dad or the dad figure in your life to something that is equally as cool. Think, a succulent subscription service because #PlantDad is totally a thing right now.

For this Father's Day (June 21), we've rounded up the trendiest items to surprise your pops with, so have TikTok ready to capture his face the exact moment he realizes you truly get him.

For The Cool Dad Who Always Keeps It Holistic: CURATIO Full Spectrum CBD

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Even cool dads get aches and pains. If your dad has replaced conventional medicine for CBD like the rest of the world did in 2019, then reload his stash with Curatio CBD— the THC-free medical grade cannabinoid products with higher absorption, bioavailability, onset and performance. For the cannabis experts out there, Curatio converts THC to CBN so it remains full spectrum. Curatio comes in a tincture, cream (pump), salve and roll-on starting at $40.

For The Cool Dad Who Doubles As A #PlantDad: SUCCULENT STUDIOS

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Does your dad love his plants almost as much as you? Succulent Studios is a monthly subscription that delivers two unique succulents to your doorstep with specific care instructions for both. Keep your old man's greenery collection flourishing even in quarantine with this no-contact solution all for the low price of $10/month. Get ready to visit dad and your cacti siblings!

For The Cool Dad Who’s A Girl Dad: 'The Mamba Mentality: How I Play' by Kobe Bryant

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The tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gigi shed light on the impact of fathers like the legendary NBA baller—girl dads. Gift your #GirlDad with the secrets of Kobe's famed "Mamba mentality" written in the wake of his 2016 retirement. The read is available via Amazon on Kindle, hardcover or audiobook.

For The Cool Dad Who Still Trains Hard: THERAGUN Mini

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Athletic dads will appreciate Theragun's new, compact-sized recovery device. Its deep tissue massage powers will melt away soreness and help soothe injuries. Bonus: It'll save you from having to knead out any of dad's knots when you come by for a visit. Trust us, that alone is worth the $199 price tag.

For The Cool Dad That Needs To Level Up His Dad Shoes: ADIDAS Stan Smith

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Your dad is too cool for kicks from Walmart, so do him a favor a pick him up a pair of Adidas Stan Smith Shoes. The sneaks are classic enough to suit any father's style and trendy enough to get him photographed for the pages of GQ. Even sneakerhead fathers will love these!

For The Cool Dad Who’s A Know-It-All: MASTERCLASS All-Access Pass

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If you have one of those fathers who thinks they know it all, well find the one subject he doesn't know it all in and get him a MasterClass annual membership to teach him. You name it, they got a class for it and A-list instructors—Steph Curry, Gordon Ramsay, Spike Lee and more. Bonus: For every purchase of a membership you get one free, so you can join dad and make it a father-daughter shared experience!

For The Cool Dad Who Likes To Tune Out: SONY Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Alexa Voice Control

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Let dad listen to the next Verzuz battle in peace with these industry-leading soundproof headphones complete with a built-in mic for hands-free calls. Features include 30 hours of playtime with a single charge and smart listening which adjusts the ambient sound to your activity. Alexa, add to cart!

For The Cool Dad Who Has Impeccable Sock Game: BOMBAS Men's Muhammad Ali Ropes Sports Box

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Sure, socks are right there next to ties on the list of predictable Father's Day gifts, but this Muhammad Ali-inspired sock box set makes it predictable and cool. This limited-edition box comes with four pairs of Muhammad Ali x Bombas socks and a sturdy collector's box that's embossed with 'Float' on one side and 'Sting' on the other. Bonus: Bombas donates a pair of socks to someone in need with each pair sold!

For A Cool Dad Who’s A Proud #BeardGang Member: SAFI MAN Face & Beard Care

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Keep dad's beard thriving with this comprehensive beard system by entertainer Andra Fuller. The 4-step kit includes a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and conditioning oil. The products are free of sulfates, parabens and other clean beauty no-no's. Dad will especially love that the cleanser is formulated with activated charcoal to remove toxins, bacteria, tightens pores and balances oil production.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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