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.

 

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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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