Mash-Ups in the News:
Now you can harass people from the comfort of your own home! This is an amazing history of trolling on the internet. Are there left-wing trolls? Absolutely. Are the majority of trolls alt-right, racist, sexist crazies? YES.
… even if you’re not.
Thurgood Marshall, first Black Supreme Court Justice and grandson of slaves, was married to Cecilia. Cecilia is a) Filipina-American b) 20 years younger than him c) 4’11” and d) a brilliant trailblazer. They got married, defying all expectations, and drove to his swearing in a Cadillac. We just love this story.
via Washington Post
Since the end of World War II, social scientists have been focused on fighting oppression by combating stereotypes. Which is a good thing, because oppression = bad. So we thought stereotypes = bad. But it turns out, most stereotypes are actually very accurate. A fascinating read on how science does, and should, change.
A new generation of Native American cooks is revitalizing ancestral ways of preparing food, looking past staples like fry bread — a (admittedly delicious) survival food invented to make the most of government-issued rations like flour and lard — and instead imagining what indigenous foods would look like if dairy and wheat flour had not been introduced to the Indian diet. Um, chokecherry tea and summer squash with smoked turkey? Yes please.
via New York Times
1 of 3 Milwaukeeans live in extreme poverty. In Milwaukee’s public schools, only 15% of eighth graders are proficient in reading. Black men in the city are jailed at the highest rate in the nation. In other words, it was — and is — a city on the edge.
via Mother Jones
Latinos live longer than Caucasians, despite having poorer overall health. Scientists call this the Hispanic Paradox, but we call it the Brown Superhuman Power. Latinos literally have “younger” blood and age slower than other ethnicities. #WINNING
via University of California
South Sudan, a country that gained its independence just five years ago, is now home to thousands of refugees from its neighbor Sudan, where the government continues to bomb rebels in the Nuba Mountains. In Yiba, the country’s largest refugee camp, home to 70,000 people, entrepreneurs are using rations of food and water to build restaurants, feed the community, and restore a sense of normalcy. This is a beautiful story of how we nourish each other in the worst of times.
Here a Catholic priest talks about the hijacking of Jesus and the message of Christianity for political purposes. Ultimately, he says, this is unscrupulous and un-Christian. Preach!
via Huffington Post