Monday Miscellany

I am very active on Facebook, I share out links and comment on those links all the time and I often think: I need to share those on my blog too. But the problem is I’m often sharing out links on Facebook when I’m walking to my car or waiting for my kids or listening for the microwave to finish cooking my lunch. Facebook is just easier to share things out in the few minutes you’re trying to kill time while you stare at a progress bar or wait for your dog to finish their business.

But that means you all never get to see these cool things I share out! And I shared out a few things recently that were worth sharing here so I’m taking the time this morning to show them to you.

ESPN’s Jemele Hill is being reduced to an ‘angry black woman’

When employed, the stereotype of the angry black women is used to discredit black women’s standpoint, render them invisible in an effort to mute their individual and collective voices, and it dismissively couches their concerns as tantrums of emasculating emotions.

Jackson Katz: Violence Against Women – It’s A Men’s Issue Ted Talk – This one is great because he talks about even the passive language we use can perpetuate the wrong focus. How we go from “John beat Mary.” to “Mary is a battered woman.” He also talks about disrupting peer culture of acceptance and it’s just really great. Check it out!

One of my favorite journalists – Nikole Hannah-Jones – was named a MacArthur Genius Fellow and the NYT did a collection of her work in honor of this recognition.

I highly recommend the podcast this article talks about. I even had Nikki listen to it, it’s that important.

“Uncivil,” an excellent new podcast about the Civil War hosted by Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, begins with a visit this summer to a controversial statue. It doesn’t involve Robert E. Lee or the Confederate flag, they tell us: it’s the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., which was put up in 1876. Abraham Lincoln stands about twenty feet tall, impeccably dressed, his hand extended. Beneath him is a black man on his knees, naked but for a loincloth, a broken shackle on his arm. He looks almost as if he might be “shining Lincoln’s shoes,” Kumanyika tells us. “Lincoln is still standing over the dude.” The statue doesn’t give black people “any credit or represent the agency of black people in freeing themselves,” he continues. “Black people were trying to free themselves, rebel from slavery, before the Civil War even started.”

Those are things I’ve shared in the last few days and I wanted to share them here, too. Happy Monday!

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