Welcome to the Weekly Reader, which is a roundup of interesting links that I have found that I pass on to you. If the title sounds familiar, it should.
Obituary: Satire (456 BC-5/9/2018): (from Patheos) “After a life noted both for its brilliance and its ironies, satire died on May 9, 2018. An autopsy will be performed, but experts point to a statement by new NRA President Oliver North that urged President Trump to punish anyone who does business with Iran as the definitive cause of death.”
Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance: (from the Guardian) “Rakem Balogun spoke out against police brutality. Now he is believed to be the first prosecuted under a secretive US effort to track so-called ‘black identity extremists’.”
I Honestly Thought White People Were Better Than This: (from the Root) “It has always been their space. It is their Waffle House. Their Starbucks. Their park. Their dormitory. Their street. Their neighborhood. Their America. It all belongs to them.”
The Idyllic Restaurant Chain Owned by a Homophobic, Racist, Child-Beating Cult: (from Vice) “In 2013, a journalist with Germany’s RTL channel went undercover with a Twelve Tribes group in Bavaria. He reported that children were woken at 5 AM for an hour of prayer and forced to spend their days doing farm work. He collected 50 video recordings of children being beaten. “It is normal to be beaten every day,” one former Twelve Tribes member told him.”
‘I Love Hate Speech’: Sarah Braasch, the white woman who called police on Black Yale grad student for napping in dorm, defends slavery and supports burqa ban in writings: (from the Grio) “Hate crimes legislation is stupid. Seriously stupid. Abominably stupid. I hate hate crimes legislation. But, I love hate speech. Hate crimes legislation has a chilling effect on free speech and freedom of association.”
If you’ve found anything interesting or worth reading. drop a link in the comments section!