Weekend reading

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Graphic essay: What the Civil Rights movement can teach us about surviving Trump

Jeff Sessions fights for racist outcomes. Who cares what’s in his heart?

The vain, counterproductive myth that there’s no way most Americans can be racist 

Many mass shooters have a history of domestic violence. It’s time to pay attention.

A century of abortion onscreen, 1916-2016

These online services offer birth control without visiting a doctor 

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Wednesday watch: I Am Not Your Negro

The new film I Am Not Your Negro takes James Baldwin’s words from an unfinished book and turns them into an examination of race in America that is getting rave reviews.

Watch the trailer for this very timely documentary below. It opens in theaters on February 3.

Wednesday watch: a community remembrance project

The Equal Justice Initiative is creating a memorial by collecting soil from the sites of lynchings to honor the victims. Watch their video about the project and check out this New Yorker piece for more detail on how the memorial is coming together in an important effort to remind us of our harrowing history.

Wednesday watch: Against the Wall

Harry Belafonte teamed up with black artists and activists for this simple and powerful video about police brutality. It features Michael B. Jordan (who also stars in an essential film on police brutality, Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station), Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and more.

Wednesday watch: Maine’s personal Trump

Republican Governor Paul LePage has been an embarrassment to my home state of Maine, spouting racist, hateful rhetoric and demonstrating a temperament reminiscent of our most embarrassing presidential candidate. Samantha Bee did an extended segment on LePage as a warning about what happens when someone like Trump takes power.

Weekend reading

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Polish government performs u-turn on total abortion ban after massive protests

Study: Republican doctors more likely to discourage abortion care

President Obama signs first rape survivors’ bill of rights into law

Brown is the New White author Steve Phillips on how to build a Democratic majority that lasts

From Ava DuVernay’s “13th” to “O.J.: Made in America”: Four docs that define Black Lives Matter

The Democratic Party’s racial reckoning

Why don’t white people believe people of color about racism?

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After the tragic police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, some white people fell into a typical offensive behavior pattern. Despite damning video evidence, they want to know more about the story. They insist that if black people only behaved a certain way, and taught their children to do the same, they wouldn’t have to worry about being killed by police.  Continue reading “Why don’t white people believe people of color about racism?”