trying to make sense
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
I didn't get the memo
Have you been paying attention to or trying to make sense of the drama around the Nunes memo? I really did my best to catch up, after ignoring the hype all week. This piece in the New Yorker clarifies the controversy as well as anything I’ve read—although it still seems kinda pointless to me.
Maybe the point, as some are saying, is to clear the way for Trump to fire or discredit Robert Mueller. That seems to be a long shot, considering Mueller’s long-standing reputation for integrity.
Smithsonian Sidedoor: Enslaved and Muslim in Early America (31 min)
Today, the US population is about 1% Muslim, but in the late 1700s that number was likely closer to 5%. Who were these early Muslim-Americans? We get a glimpse of American history's missing Muslims though the words of Omar ibn Said, an enslaved Muslim man in North Carolina whose one-of-a-kind autobiography still resonates today.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Teaching the Hard History of American Slavery with Preface by Hasan Kwame Jeffries and Introduction by David Blight
“Our problem as Americans is we actually hate history. What we love is nostalgia.” The Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed U.S. high school seniors and social studies teachers, analyzed a selection of state content standards, and reviewed 10 popular U.S. history textbooks—and found that we, as a nation, are failing to adequately teach the hard history of American slavery.
Earther: Claim Your Gold and Uranium at Bears Ears Starting Friday by Yessenia Funes
According to a General Mining Law from 1872, individuals and companies can now stake a claim in Bears Ears or the Grand Staircase-Escalante—to mine for gold, uranium, silver, and copper—by driving metal or wooden posts in at four corners of a parcel of land and attaching a written notice.
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