If you’re passionate about race, education, and culture, check out my weekly digest, The Highlighter. It comes out every Thursday morning and includes my favorite 4-6 articles from the week. You should try it! (Sample articles below.)
This is a great history of 4chan, and Anonymous, and Gamergate, and memes, and the Internet, and how a group of young men living in their mothers' basements took a liking to Donald Trump, as a loser who won.
After defacing the school with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti, five teenagers will report on tales addressing some of history’s most divisive and tragic periods.
Another science article! This one is about grip strength, and how we’re losing it, and how that means really bad things for our health and lifespan. It turns out that humans are meant to brachiate (swing through trees) and to make tools (thank you, opposable thumb), except we do neither anymore. Should this concern us?
This article about how big data may have influenced the presidential election is a page-scroller. It may not be the most elegantly written piece out there, and it does rely a bit on conspiratorial thinking, but it did get me thinking that I should probably like fewer things on Facebook. In short, Cambridge Analytica, a company that uses psychometrics and focuses on personality types, used the data we volunteer on Facebook in order to win Donald Trump the presidency.
Robert Dear shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic and killed three people. Dear is white, poor, middle-aged, Christian, and mentally ill. He lived in an RV in a rural part of Colorado. And he watched a lot of right-wing TV and read a lot of right-wing websites. There are a lot of Robert Dears in America. That’s what makes this article so scary.
Prisons do not rehabilitate. This means that incarcerated people with addiction or mental health issues never heal. As a result, if they ever get out of prison, they most likely return. This article, by the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe, is nothing new, but it is disheartening nonetheless, particularly in how prisons tend not to serve those with the greatest needs. Maybe that’s because we don’t really care very much about the least fortunate.
Books remain one of the strongest bulwarks we have against tyranny—but only as long as people are free to read all different kinds of books, and only as long as they actually do so. The right to read whatever you want whenever you want is one of the fundamental rights that helps preserve all the other rights. It’s a right we need to guard with unwavering diligence. But it’s also a right we can guard with pleasure. Reading isn’t just a strike against narrowness, mind control and domination: It’s one of the world’s great joys.
Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down anti-abortion statutes in Texas, has had little effect in other states, including South Dakota, where there is just one abortion clinic. This is the story of a young woman named Ashley, the undue burden she faces, and her lonely decision.
13-year-old Abe Chabon went to Paris Fashion Week and dragged along his dad, writer Michael Chabon.
A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.
Oakland 9th grader Steven requested Hyperbole and a Half, the 900th book in the Kindle Classroom Project Library. Thank you, Steven!
For all he gets wrong on race, the Republican nominee got one thing right: The Democratic Party does take black Americans for granted, and that’s a problem.
What underlay all the unrest in Charlotte? The segregation of once integrated public schools is a good place to start.
It was any parent’s nightmare: a police officer at the front door with a social worker trailing behind.
Waste people. Rubbish. Clay-eaters. Hillbillies. Reckoning with the long, bleak history of the country’s original underclass.
As we download ever more of our lives on to electronic devices, are we destroying our own internal memory?
On trigger warnings, allyship, intersectionality, and what’s really eating Oberlin.
But we all may be better off believing in it anyway.
In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.
The synthetic painkiller fentanyl, up to 50 times as powerful as heroin, presents a new level of peril in America’s opioid crisis.
That’s what’s scariest about Donald Trump.
Scientists have discovered a radical new way to treat our most traumatic memories.
And why we need to talk about it.
Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.
A withered person with a scrambled mind, memories sealed away: That is the familiar face of Alzheimer’s. But there is also the waiting period, which Geri Taylor has been navigating with prudence, grace and hope.