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Digest for August 13th through August 19th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for August 13th through August 19th:

  • A Back-To-School Guide For Parents Of Gay Kids – There is no magic wand to ward off bullies, snide remarks or narcissistic opinions of those who don't understand homosexuality or the LGBT world. The only way to navigate through it is with love, understanding, and a few good support mechanisms.
  • The Economics of Stop and Frisk – Last week, Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin struck-down New York City's controversial stop and frisk police policy as unconstitutional. In the wake of the ruling, many have focused on the social and racial justice implications of Judge Scheindlin's decision, but there are also important economic justice ones to consider.
  • The last word they heard before they died – “He does not know,” Carter said of Cooper, “how many people in my race that that was the last word they heard before they died.” Those words came out of my car radio speakers and took my breath away. I’m lucky no other driver picked that moment to stop short in front of me.
  • When a judge ‘gets it’ on racism: The decision in Floyd v. City of New York – Next time, it could be you, if you are a Black or Latino male. Some have already written this week about the decision in Floyd v. City of New York finding that Stop and Frisk was unconstitutional as implemented by the City of New York. The decision (which is written in 2 parts, one addressing the City's liability for racial discrimination in implementing Stop and Frisk, the other setting forth the remedies ordered by the court in response) is as historic as it seems (and thus is guaranteed to go up on appeal). While much has been written about the decision, little has been said about anything other than the statistics (aka the battle of experts) that went on at trial and, some contend, led to Judge Shira Scheindlin's decision. Yet ultimately, this case did not turn just on statistics. It turned on stories: the stories of the named plaintiffs in Floyd and the stories of the rhetoric of the NYPD about its goals and objectives despite the public face of Mayor Bloomberg insisting that it was "not about race." It was those stories that ultimately gave life to the disembodied statistics and the battle of the experts that the judge would have otherwise likely fallen asleep over (judges hate battles of the experts IME) and which caused her to actually "Get It" in terms of the evil operation of NYPD's stop and frisk program.
  • NJ Governor to Sign Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy – NJ governor to sign ban on gay conversion therapy, making state the 2nd to do so
  • The End of the Evangelical Era – “The days of evangelical leaders crowning political princes are well behind us,” says Robert P. Jones, the CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit public opinion research organization. “Evangelicals are still a huge part of the GOP base, but they’re no longer taking their cues from a handful of well-known leaders.”
  • On Bernice King’s recent anti-LGBT remarks – Bernice King might not be the “enemy,” but her logic is deeply flawed.

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