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Digest for May 31st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for May 31st from 15:00 to 15:29:

  • To Be Young and Black in America: Always Considered a Threat – An unarmed 14-year-old black teenager was choked by police because they considered him a threat. Of course they did.
  • Erickson’s Fox News Implosion Was Only A Matter Of Time – With Erick Erickson coming under increasing scrutiny from his Fox News colleagues for his remarks that female breadwinners conflict with "biology" and "the natural world" and are "tearing [society] apart" – culminating in his complete immolation by Megyn Kelly on America Live – it's worth pointing out that Fox must have been well-aware of Erickson's long history of sexist comments when they hired him.

    They didn't care.

  • ‘Check Your Privilege’ and Other Terms the Uber Privileged Don’t Like | Common Dreams – Louise Mensch is confused. The erstwhile MP and professional gadfly has published a blogpost decrying "privilege checking", and longing to return to a species of "reality-based" feminism where everyone would stop bothering her about class, race and money. That's the sort of reality Conservatives tend to prefer. The reason people often bother Mensch about class and race is not because she is personally ambitious, but because she has been personally involved in the Conservative effort to destroy the British welfare state. However, Mensch is not the only one loudly misunderstanding the phrase "privilege checking" – and I'd like to help her out, because it's an important idea.
  • Recovered guns form a sea of steel from the District to Prince George’s County – The Washington Post – Every few hours, in a routine that is sometimes grim but more often mundane, local police take a gun off the streets. Since 2000, nearly 50,000 guns have been recovered by authorities in the District and Prince George’s County. That is enough to arm every law enforcement officer in Maryland, the District and Virginia, with a couple of thousand guns to spare.
  • Farewell, Male Breadwinners – The male breadwinner is a dying breed. A Pew study out this week confirms his slow march toward extinction: Four out of ten American households with children have a mother who is the sole or primary breadwinner for the family, the highest share on record. And all trends for the future—men out of work and earning steadily less, women earning more college degrees, fewer couples with children getting married—point to us moving farther down this road.
  • Op-ed: Navigating the Gay PDA – Sometimes when one faces bigotry head-on, the best thing to do is hold hands and keep on sparkling.
  • Life on Penalty of Death – Throughout recent public discussions, there's been lots of talk about budgets, degrees of "justice" (is life without parole sufficiently horrible?) and the ever-present possibility of accidentally executing an innocent prisoner. Surprisingly little attention has been paid to the question of humanity: Are people convicted of murder exiled from our species – or are they still human? If they are, what does it mean for the state to not only legitimize the principle of taking a human life, but also, simply, to take a human life? What exactly does "taking" a life entail?
  • Too Juvenile to Govern – With budgetary tantrums in the Senate and investigative play-acting in the House, the Republican Party is proving once again that it simply cannot be taken seriously.
  • Spam’s Shame – By the close of the 1940s, a position at one of the company’s plants was a coveted blue-collar job. As one newspaper reported at the time, “Most Hormel workers own their homes and have cars, refrigerators, well-dressed, well-fed, well-educated children.” But at the dawning of the 1950s—and after—the pace of industrial meat production led Hormel to make questionable choices with often dire consequences. For Weaver to say that Spam “aligns quite nicely with current foodie trends” perverts everything that enlightened eaters embrace—and, worse, elides the trauma that Big Meat has wrought on the American farmer and factory worker.
  • A very manly meeting of the minds – Jonathan Schwarz points out that Erik Erickson is in very prestigious political company when it comes to understanding the natural roles of men and women. For instance…

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