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A Setback In Flint: RaceAhead


Here’s your week in review, in haiku.


I would Love to be

Remembered as a movie

Star and astronaut


Lady Liberty

May Require a life preserver,

Or maybe she’ll not


Wages. Time. Respect.

Sing. All of the Suisse ladies,

Now put up!


Tesla drives, Samsung

Matches , Pixel leaks, Broadcom skips.

Stocks rally! Oh, wait

Watch the world

Transformed into volcano .

We must block the pain.

Have a memorable and equality-filled weekend.

On Point

[bs-title]Setback at prosecutorial efforts in Flint, Michigan[/bs-title][bs-content]In a sudden move, prosecutors dropped all pending charges against Flint officials that had stood accused of ruining the city’s water supply. It’d been over three years since the first charges were filed by the Michigan attorney general’s office. In a town where attitudes toward government is currently as poisonous as the drinking water, the move proved to be a significant setback. While prosecutors said they can file new charges and locate new defendants, the case in its existing form was problematic. “It is frustrating, but I’d rather be frustrated at this end and know that they’re going to do a deep dive into what happened,” said Flint’s mayor, Karen Weaver. [/bs-content][bs-link link=”https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/us/flint-water-crisis-charges-dropped.html” origin =”New York Times”]

[bs-title]Test used to diagnose depression chiefly works for both elderly patients[/bs-title][bs-content]A recent analysis in the University of Chicago Press found the widely-used evaluation for depression, referred to as the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), is primarily effective only at diagnosing white men and women. Depression does and can express differently in people of ethnic and different backgrounds, including dark youth, especially those living in poverty. Teen Vogue does a gorgeous job finding sources and data points for this alarming discovery, including resources that explain how socioeconomic standing and racism impact mental wellness. Black men and women are 20 percent more likely to report severe psychological distress than white adults. [/bs-content][bs-link link=”https://www.teenvogue.com/story/test-used-treat-depression-made-for-white-people” origin =”Teen Vogue”]

[bs-title]Tracee Ellis Ross to executive produce and star that a spin-off of MTV’s cult classic Daria[/bs-title][bs-content]Tracee Ellis Ross (of Black-ish) will likely be expressing and executive generating Jodie, the Daria spin-off comprising Daria’s best friend, that had been a fan favorite in the first series. The show may soon follow Jodie’s life beyond Lawndale High, as she enters the workforce, and will explore (and parody) topics like labour culture and generational conflicts, while also talking race and gender. “Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist, and unexplored stories of young women excites me,” Ross said of the role, based on Deadline, also noticing that it”will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman.” Jodie is written and created by Insecure’s Grace Nkenge Edwards, and Trevor Rose, Morgana Rosenberg, also Amy Doyle will also executive produce. [/bs-content][bs-link link=”https://deadline.com/2019/06/tracee-ellis-ross-to-star-exec-produce-daria-spinoff-from-mtv-studios-1202631736/” origin =”Deadline”]

On Background

[bs-title]The history of the transgender flag[/bs-title][bs-content]Thanks to Refinery 29’s Erika W. Smith, I know now that along with the rainbow Pride Flag, there is also a Bisexual Pride Flag, a Pansexual Pride Flag, an Asexual Pride Flag, and many others. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Transgender Pride Flag, which was created by activist and author Monica Helms, and is now a humorous confection of stripes, two infant blue, two pink and a white in the center. While it draws in the traditional”baby” colours for girls and boys, the white stripe contains intersex, transitioning and gender neutral men and women. “The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives,” Helms said. [/bs-content] [bs-link link=”https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/trans-flag-colors-meaning-transgender-pride” origin =”Refinery 29″]

[bs-title]Re-thinking stories about disabilty[/bs-title][bs-content]Writer David M. Perry starts this extraordinary essay for your Los Angeles Review of Books for this heartfelt credential:”Nine years ago, when my son was diagnosed with Down syndrome a few minutes after his birth, I leaned heavily on the writings of Michael B?rub? .” It was a time when expectations were dashed and identities excavated, then re-formed. B?rub? , whose functioned switched to intellectual disability after his son had been diagnosed with Down syndrome, has been a literary and cultural critic with a new lens through which to inspect the world. While not about impairment per se, he started to rethink everything from Don Quixote to Harry Potter through a”narrative deployment of disability.” “Overall, B?rub? Argues that such narrative deployments can provide’powerful meditations about what it has to be a social being, a sentient creature with an awareness of mortality and causality — and sentience itself'” [/bs-content][bs-link link=”https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/narrative-deployments-of-disability/#!” Source=”Los Angeles Review of Books”]

[bs-title]Memories in the Russian Gulag[/bs-title][bs-content]Varlam Shalamov, a counter-revolutionary author, spent fifteen years in the horrific Russian Gulag program, six of these enslaved in one of the coldest, harshest gold cubes proven to exist. He was released in 1951. This fragmented collection of all learnings from that encounter using a deep wound which definitely did not heal years later; the utter desperation he endured would be inspirational if it were not for the utter depravity of the main reason behind his imprisonment. Number 1 on this listing:”The extreme fragility of human culture, civilization,” he writes. “A man becomes a beast in three weeks, given heavy labor, cold, hunger, and beatings.” [/bs-content][bs-link link=”https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/06/12/forty-five-things-i-learned-in-the-gulag/” origin =”The Paris Review”]

[bs-content]Tamara El-Waylly helps produce raceAhead and assisted in the planning of the summaries. [/bs-content]


[bs-quote link=”https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/207240-a-voice-within-me-is-sobbing-you-see-that-s-what-s” author =”–The last entry in Anne Frank’s diary. She would have turned ninety this week”]I get cross, then miserable, and eventually wind up turning my heart outside, the awful part about the exterior and the great area on the inside, and keep searching for a means to become what I’d like to be and what I could be if… if only there were no other members of the whole world. [/bs-quote]

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