Weekly reading 3

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• “Reclaiming Our Roots: The Story of Tamishan” by Melissa Henry in The Urban News: “The stories of how these African Muslims had succeeded in preserving key elements of culture, some even convincing their owners to set them free and allow them to return to their native lands, amazed and inspired me.”

• London-based spoken word artist Kate Tempest performing on World Cafe. Holy crap.

• Shared with me by my friend Ami Worthen — “Whites Only: SURJ And The Caucasian Invasion Of Racial Justice Spaces” by DiDi Delgado in Huffington Post: “The Spider-Man musical released on Broadway? George Zimmerman’s acquittal by jury? The Holocaust? All of these bad ideas started with a bunch of white folks sitting around a table being extra white.”

• “The Movement Against Smart Women” by Melissa McEwan at shakesville.com: “A great number of men have responded to this by being overt oppressors. And a great many more have responded by ostensibly arguing for equality, while remaining firmly indifferent to social justice.”

THINK ABOUT IT: “Allies take up space and congratulate themselves. Accomplices are willing to take risks … and put other people out front.” — Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza

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