Weekend reading

Artist Omer Fast raises awareness through a striking film about drone warfare, called 5,000 Feet is the Best.

A high school soccer team wore hijabs to support their Muslim teammate who was barred from playing in one.

When Fred Phelps protested Fred Rogers, of whom he said, “he was a wuss and he was an enabler of wusses.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates insightfully takes on Paul Ryan’s “inner city” comments. Mychal Denzel Smith responds to criticism of Coates’s piece and rails against respectability politics.

A homeless, mentally ill veteran “baked to death” in his cell at Rikers.

The case for open borders.


Whitewashing Paul Ryan’s dog whistle racism

photo via colorlines.com
photo via colorlines.com

In the uproar following Paul Ryan’s comments about a “culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working,” several (white) people have stepped forward to defend him against the¬†“smear” that his statements were racist. Anyone who can listen to this kind of rhetoric from a politician, Democratic or Republican, and not notice racial cues is (often willfully) ¬†ignorant about this country’s history of racism and dog whistle politics.

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