Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for March 19th through April 14th:
white people aren’t as cool as black people – Pity the conservatives: they will never win the cool war. Being cool is always going to mean reaching curiously towards something foreign and, as long as the right wing is focused on pushing the foreign away – whether that be immigrants, gay people, Muslims, women, or especially blacks – it will never be cool.
- There’s never been a safer time to be a kid in America – Long story short: for a kid between the ages of 5 and 14 today, the chances of premature death by any means are roughly 1 in 10,000, or 0.0001 percent.
- 40,000 Maryland Ex-Cons May Soon Get Their Voting Rights Back – A national, bipartisan effort to roll back restrictions on felon voting rights could soon take a big step forward in Maryland.
- White family violently attacks cops during questioning – This story is particularly fascinating snapshot of what happens when a group of suspects – all white – blatantly pose a threat to officers and still manage to make it to jail without excessive force.
- Op-Ed Columnist: Walter Scott Is Not on Trial – Running from the police does not justify being killed by them.
- Abraham Lincoln would despise you all: Race, the South and the GOP’s most delusional fantasy – Republicans call themselves party of Lincoln, then take stands on race the late president would never, ever back.
- America’s Red Meat Horror Show: Why We Must Get Rid of Factory Farms – For the first time since the advent of industrial agriculture, the federal government is considering advising Americans to eat “less red and processed meat.
- Why Do White People Think People of Color Are Obligated to Teach Them About Race? – The first step to being a white anti-racist ally is doing the work of learning on your own.
- “It was easy to forget ‘that woman’ had a soul”: Monica Lewinsky gives powerful TED talk on cyberbullying – “A marketplace has emerged where public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry,” she said.
- Op-Ed Columnist: Stop Playing the ‘Race Card’ Card – People who claim that certain accusations of racism are exaggerated seek to do what they condemn: shut down the debate with a scalding-hot charge.