Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.
- Jim Crow lives on in Missouri: Student banned from St. Louis charter school because he’s black
The legacy of Jim Crow lives on, five decades after it officially ended. Edmund Lee is a third-grader at Gateway Science Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, a charter school he has attended since he was in kindergarten. Yet his family recently learned that he will no longer be able to attend the charter school because he is black.
- The astonishing human potential wasted on commutes
It now takes the average worker 26 minutes to travel to work, according the the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the longest it’s been since the Census began tracking this data in 1980. Back then the typical commute was only 21.7 minutes. The average American commute has gotten nearly 20 percent longer since then.
- Eric Holder gets real about heroin and race: It’s a crisis because white people are hooked
In a startling scene from the documentary, Frontline correspondent Martin Smith, who is white, asks Attorney General Eric Holder, “Not to be too glib, but isn’t [the new public health response to addiction] because a lot of white kids are doing heroin?” Holder, who is the first African-American attorney general, struggles to be diplomatic. Smith presses him further. “Richard Pryor said, you know, famously—about cocaine—that it’s an epidemic now ‘cause white people are doin’ it.” Holder responds, “There’s an element of truth to that.”
- Donald Trump’s intolerable cruelty
He’s a rich man who’s always had it easy; his lack of empathy makes him dangerous.
- This Pastor Is Sleeping Outside Until His Church Accepts LGBT People
"It’s a God thing."