Switching it up this week.
It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s another edition of your Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something you’d like to share, drop a link in the comments! The more articles, the better! Because sharing is caring! And we ❤ reading on this little blog! But you already know that, don’t you?
White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots (from the Atlantic): “A popular myth of American history is that racism is the exclusive province of the South. The truth is that much of the nativist energy in the U.S. came from old-money elites in the Northeast, and was also fueled by labor struggles in the Pacific Northwest, which had stirred a wave of bigotry that led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Grant found a congressional ally and champion in Albert Johnson, a Republican representative from Washington. A nativist and union buster, he contacted Grant after reading The Passing of the Great Race. The duo embarked on an ambitious restrictionist agenda.”
Inside America’s biggest facility for migrant teens (from the Guardian): “There is a strict no-touching rule, meaning that even a child who hugs a sibling could be written up and face disciplinary action. All the children must wake at 6am, seven days a week (lights out is at 10pm), and they are monitored from a central control room 24 hours a day through smart cards they wear on lanyards and that they must scan every time they change location.
They have no access to cellphones or the internet, and personal phone calls, which shelter managers insist are not monitored, are limited to two 10-minute calls a week.”
I’ve Talked with Teenaged Boys About Sexual Assault for Twenty Years. This is What They Still Don’t Know (from Time): “And then there are the half-confessions. No boy has ever come out and admitted to me that he raped someone, but a few have said, “I might have pushed things too far,” or “Well, we were drunk,” or “Things got out of hand and… she refused to talk to me after that night.” They don’t look me in the eye as they say this. They are not proud of themselves. Their confused shame is heart-breaking and infuriating.”
A State-by-State List of the Lies Abortion Doctors Are Forced to Tell Women (from Broadly via Vice): “Though lawmakers insist that such policies are meant to ensure that women are making informed and safe choices about their own bodies, the informed consent materials are often rife with medically inaccurate and misleading statements. Some states require doctors to mention a specious link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer, suicide, or future infertility. Some also contain blatantly ideological language, referring to embryos as “unborn children,” insisting that life begins at conception, and saying that abortion at any stage terminates the life of a separate, living being.”
The Real College Admissions Problem: White Mediocrity (from Medium): “Like most Black and Brown students, this certainly did not mark the first time a white person told me that my college acceptances were not, in fact, a result of my hard work, determination, and tenacity but a product of my race. This assertion always confounds me; not only is it ahistorical and asinine, but it elucidates the illogical arguments of racism. Black folks are either typified as lazy, unproductive, and incompetent, or we are understood as receiving special privileges as a result of our race. Both of these narratives work to bolster white confidence and diminish and erase Black excellence.”
Empathy for the Incels (from On the Margin of Error via Patheos Nonreligious): “But also, empathy can go wrong. You might feel empathy for the incels, but you must never allow that to impact your judgment, your actions, and your attitude. Incels are proponents of rape and fascism. They don’t deserve empathy. Their targets do. But your empathy might draw a cloth on your eyes and move you to minimize their harm, to transform them into something they are not. You might end up defending them — while you’re only defending the product of your own misguided empathy.”
Why tech companies failed to keep the New Zealand shooter’s extremism from going viral (from Vox): “Friday’s massacre exemplified a larger problem that’s plaguing the internet. Platforms are struggling to self-police problematic content created by its users, while the lawmakers who would ostensibly impose regulations are either too reluctant or ill-equipped to do so — and many in both camps are predisposed to treat far-right rhetoric less seriously than other forms of extremism, to boot.”
After New Zealand, we can’t view white supremacist hate as “just trolling” (from Salon): “The seriousness of this situation means there is no pleasure in being able to say, “I told you so.” At least Tarrant flashing the OK symbol in court removes all the delicious-to-the-alt-right ambiguity around the gesture that made it such an effective troll. If some Republican official did that again, like Bash did in September, it’s not likely we would see a bunch of condescending articles accusing the left of being paranoid for seeing white nationalist intent in it.
Instead, the far right and their sympathizers in mainstream politics will move on. They’ll surely some other way to troll progressives into launching accusations of white nationalist sympathies, so they can yet again respond by acting huffy and offended. Journalists will once again be stuck between the two, fearful of admitting that progressives might have a point, lest they also be deemed paranoid and hypersensitive.”
And that’s it for this week. Stop by again for even more reads that will help you flex your brain muscles. So until then, happy reading!