Just Good Shit: 07.21.19
This week went by so fast. Here’s what I was up to…
On the blog
The second installment of my SELF column is up! You can read it here: The Art of Saying No to Invites When You REALLY Don't Want to Do Something.
It Was Never About Busing, The New York Times.
“No, black kids should not have to leave their neighborhoods to attend a quality school, or sit next to white students to get a quality education. But we cannot be naïve about how this country works. To this day, according to data collected from the Education Department, the whiter the school, the more resources it has. We cannot forget that so many school desegregation lawsuits started with attempts by black parents to simply get equal resources for black schools. Parents demanded integration only after they realized that in a country that does not value black children the same as white ones, black children will never get what white children get unless they sit where white children sit.”
If you read one thing this week, make it this Nikole Hannah-Jones article. (There is also an episode of The Daily about it.)
The Explicit Embrace of Racism Is Next, Splinter.
“It is easy to mock this all as hand-wringing over window dressing, given the fact that racism itself has been persisting just fine for all these years. But the public expectation that even racists would act as if they thought racism was bad had value: it was a sign that they thought that the weight of public opinion was on the other side.”
FaceApp Is Everyone’s Problem, The Atlantic.
I found your data. It’s for sale., Washington Post.
The Rise of the Spice Girls Generation, The New York Times.
This is delightful.
The Best Sex Ed I Ever Got Was From Queer YouTubers, Man Repeller.
Birthday Blues Bulletin Board: Advice + Open Thread, Captain Awkward.
I love so much about this post, especially this: “‘How did you grow up celebrating birthdays?’ and ‘If you could celebrate any way you want, what would you most like to do?’ are two questions that can get a discussion rolling.” And also this: “If you want a Big Deal made about your birthday, it’s almost certainly up to you to make it (or explicitly tell people close to you what a Big Deal looks like to you and that you’d specifically like one).”
Have a great Sunday! 🍉