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Digest for March 4th through March 6th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for March 4th through March 6th:

  • Army Must Call Chelsea Manning A Woman: Court – Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman convicted of leaking national security secrets, must be referred to using feminine pronouns, a court ruled.
  • Mike Bowers Recants – A lot of bad old memories were revived and perhaps mitigated by a New York Times profile by Richard Fausset of former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers, who has emerged as a most unlikely ally of his state's LGBT community in opposing a "religious liberty" law pending in the legislature, which is being supported by most of Bowers' fellow Republicans.
  • The Gangsters of Ferguson – Yesterday the Justice Department released the results of a long and thorough investigation into the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. The investigation…
  • The Problem Is Way Bigger Than Ferguson, Justice Department Report Reveals – It was billed as an investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. But a hard-hitting report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice also reads as an indictment of cities and towns…
  • An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry for What I Am About to Do to You – To all of my precious students,I am sorry for what I am about to do to you. This week, I am going to have to give you a new test. It's called PARCC … and my guess is that most of you will hate them. My guess is that one or two of you will be brought to tears because they will make you feel like you are not smart enough. My guess is that several of you will give up part way through the test and just start clicking around on the screen.
  • [Video] Debunking the Myth That Black Men Are Immune to Harm – "The narrative that young men of color's pain is insignificant–both that it's somehow smaller than the pain that other people experience and that it's somehow less important–is as old as our country," Vera Institute of Justice researcher Danielle Sered told an overflow crowd last week at the Ford Foundation in New York City.
  • Senate Republicans can’t promise a healthcare fix before the Supreme Court rules – As the Supreme Court hears King v. Burwell, a challenge that could strip the part of the Affordable Care Act that actually makes it affordable for millions of citizens, Senate Republican leadership says they might not have a fix by the time the court rules in June.
  • ‘It’s the Blackness That Scares Everybody’: Why White People Favor ‘African-Americans’ – White people have a far more negative view of the term 'Black' than they do of the term 'African-American.'

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