Friday, February 21, 2014

Weekend Reading: The Great Links, No Theme Edition

I have some great links this week, but no unifying theme. So let's get straight to the links:

Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates both wrote powerful pieces about the Jordan Davis case.

The last line of Eugene Robinson's article is particularly poignant:

"We don’t just have to change laws. We have to change hearts and minds."

This is the work we white people need to do. We need to change the assumption that so many of us seem to have that a young black man must be up to no good.

And make no mistake, this is our work.

I was thinking of this when I read an article from Clementine Ford about what it means to be "decent." Which then made me remember the awesome take down of sexism from another Australian, which I have posted here before, but am going to post again because it is just that awesome:



The standard under which innocent young men can be shot for listening to loud music or walking home from the convenience store is not a standard I am willing to accept, so I can not walk past the lazy and incorrect stereotype of young black men as dangerous. I must confront it and change it.

I don't know what more to say.

I also don't know quite how to describe this short post about 2700 years of female silence, but you should go read it, anyway.

Greg Knauss wrote an app called Romantimatic and a lot of people apparently hated it. His reaction to that is awesome, and thought-provoking.

I really liked this HBR post from Jules Pieri about being an "older" entrepreneur.

I had a classic yak-shaving experience earlier this week when I set out to close one open story in our project, so this post on yak-shaving made me smile.

This also made me smile:

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