Welcome to another edition of Weekly Reader, where I share news and opinion pieces that I find interesting. Got something to share? Just post a link in the comments section.
Sarah Sanders is upset because a restaurant wouldn’t serve her. She’s okay with it happening to gays. (from Vox): “On another level, “restaurant-gate” is an example of the Trump administration’s unique commitment to courting divisiveness. Donald Trump doesn’t even pretend to speak to or for all Americans. Rhetorically, there hasn’t been a more disrespectful administration in 150 years. But when Sanders wants dinner, the White House is all for mutual respect. Either way, the base laps it up.
This disregard for all kinds of people has had real consequences, including in the lives of gay people, transgender people, migrant children, victims of domestic violence or police brutality — and the list goes on. When Sanders, or any Trump official, tweets indignantly about a slight, it’s just added insult.”
The White House Bible Study group that influenced Trump’s family separation policy (from Think Progress): “It’s easy to see how a Wednesday morning Trump cabinet discussion on punishing children and the importance of obeying the law may have given way to a public justification of a policy to rip children away from their parents. This seems even more likely given the pull Drollinger has in the Trump cabinet, as well as his history of authoring Bible study material that uses Christianity to justify punishing undocumented immigrants.”
A Former Japanese Internment Camp Prisoner on the Dire Effects of Putting Kids in Detention (from Splinter): “By the time World War II ended, her family had been reunited at a prison camp in Crystal City, Texas. Ina was two and a half years old when she and her family were released. She says that time in detention has stayed with her, manifesting in longterm stress and negative physical consequences.”
Walgreen’s and the Nationwide Epidemic of Sincerely Held Beliefs (from TransParent Expedition via Patheos): “He is right. If we shame Walgreen’s and do not address the laws, then the same thing will happen in a CVS, Rite-Aid, or Wal-Mart down the street.”
The Republican Party Moves From Family Values to White Nationalism (from the Atlantic): “The plight of these migrant families is wrenching, but it is also instructive—revealing a fundamental shift in the priorities of the Republican Party. “Family values” once defined the GOP, informing its embrace of the pro-life platform (protecting unborn children) and its resistance to marriage equality (the union between a husband and wife was sacrosanct). Conservative lawyers led the campaign to censor rap lyrics, and evangelicals condemned extramarital affairs—conservative foot soldiers, for a time, marched under the banner of protecting children and preserving the institution of the family.”
In MLK’s day, conservatives didn’t think he was so “civil” (from Vox): “Peace, King understood, was not the primary goal. The status quo, though never as peaceful as it appeared to white Americans, existed precisely because society had created enough legal and social mechanisms to enforce inequality and oppression without obvious acts of state violence and extrajudicial terror. The civility of segregation was upheld by the threat of violence, a threat King helped make clear through his program of resistance.”
That’s all for now. Drop by next time when I’ll have other links to pass around. Until then, happy reading!