Worth reading: A young black man’s reflection on the Trayvon Martin case

I hesitate to get into something so divisive. I didn’t follow the details of the case, and I’m not positioning this as my own opinion. But this man’s thoughts were so moving, I had to share.

“Man, I’m just glad I had a mom who gave me the realness from a young age. I can remember thinking she was so stuck in the past for telling me that I couldn’t do or say or wear certain things, that I could not stay out as late as my white friends could, that I could not “experiment” with any of the things my white friends did. I struggled so much with her for trying to impress upon me the fact that I was different. Because I’m supposed to be. I lived in a nice house, spoke more than one language, was well educated and well socialized and I did not understand why I needed to Continue reading

Attention humans: Let’s talk about Miss Utah


Now that we’ve gotten some distance from it, let’s look back on the Miss Utah video. I won’t link the video here. Instead, I’ll summarize: A celebrity judge asks Miss Utah, 21 year old Marissa Powell of Salt Lake City, for her thoughts on income inequality between men and women. Essentially, it looks like Ms. Powell’s brain thought “I got this: general job scarcity; get more men on board who are already in positions of power; educate the younger generation”, and then instead, her nerves staged a coup. Within earshot of The Internet. Sean Plott’s tweet above was virtually the only sane voice I saw on the topic. For days, as this blogger on ABC News put it, “people who will never be on a [public] stage in their lives, piled on.”

I can’t articulate exactly why this bothered me so much, but here are a few attempts:

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