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I Support Seminar Day
As citizens, parents, and community members, let’s show the New Trier School Board we support Seminar Day and our educators. We recognize these conversations may not be easy, but they are important.
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february 2017 by oripsolob
Mavis Staples' Ode to Joy: Inside Her Stirring New LP - Rolling Stone
Fittingly, the most poignant track on the record is "MLK Song," which features words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "The Drum Major Instinct" and music by M. Ward. It's appropriate given the Staple Singers' association with the late civil rights leader.
"I probably heard that speech so many times," says Ward, who also composed "Don't Cry" and co-wrote "Dedicated" with Justin Vernon for Staples' record. "When I started to get into that speech, it just sounded like it should be turned into a song. I had some ideas on my four-track from years ago but I never finished it. So when I found out that I was going to work with Mavis, and I watched the Mavis! documentary, I just got a lightbulb that I really needed to go back into the basement and find this old song and finish it. To have Mavis Staples be the voice — I can't say enough how meaningful the whole experience was. It felt like we were doing something really good."
"I actually broke down," Staples says of "MLK Song." "I had to do a little crying on that song and stop the tape for a minute because Dr. King — I would just see him. And I remembered that speech so well."
music  history  race  bands  fb 
february 2017 by oripsolob
How Talking About Trump Makes Him Normal In Your Brain - On The Media - WNYC
According to George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist and author of Don’t Think Of An Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, the very fundamentals of journalism should be redefined in order to stave off normalizing Trump.
brain  radio  politics  election  psychology  npr  fb  media 
december 2016 by oripsolob
Richard Rorty’s 1998 Book Suggested Election 2016 Was Coming - The New York Times
[M]embers of labor unions, and unorganized unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers — themselves desperately afraid of being downsized — are not going to let themselves be taxed to provide social benefits for anyone else.

At that point, something will crack. The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for — someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots. …

One thing that is very likely to happen is that the gains made in the past 40 years by black and brown Americans, and by homosexuals, will be wiped out. Jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion. … All the resentment which badly educated Americans feel about having their manners dictated to them by college graduates will find an outlet.
election  politics  labor  race  fb 
november 2016 by oripsolob
Why women are still voting for Trump, despite his misogyny - Vox
Stephanie Coontz: "I was very struck by the female supporter who said Trump is like the bully you want to beat up on the other bully. There is longstanding social science evidence that people with fewer resources, educational or economic, tend to look heroes — or villains even— to stand up for them. Somebody they think has some kind of power that they don’t have.

The exception is when you have a union. The one time that you don’t see that in action, at least so much, is when an area is unionized. Then, because workers have some kind of collective power, they’re not so likely to turn toward some authoritarian demagogue. They can actually imagine going up against the boss in their own collective power rather than finding somebody else to go up against the boss or someone else to throw under the wheels of the bus."
women  class  corporation  labor  inequalities  race  fb 
october 2016 by oripsolob
Kerry James Marshall reconstructs art history with black Americans at its center | Art Review | Chicago Reader
The oldest painting is also one of the smallest: A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) measures 8 x 6.5 inches, depicting a man whose eyes and broken smile glow against a dark backdrop. The title nods to James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; conceptually, the image draws from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, the 1952 novel that sparked a creative breakthrough for Marshall. Invisible Man interrogates the simultaneous invisibility and hypervisibility of American blackness: throughout American history, whiteness has shut out black men and women from being subjects in culture, rendering blackness invisible; transgressions against that proscription, however, render blackness hypervisible, watched, targeted. Marshall's paintings further tangle with this paradox—the color and definition explore the fine line that whiteness must tread to preserve this dichotomy, to sanctify itself against marginalized cultures.
art  race  inequalities  chicago  fb  history 
august 2016 by oripsolob
A massive new study debunks a widespread theory for Donald Trump’s success - The Washington Post
Trump has found success playing up economic grievances, stoking anxieties about immigrants, and complaining about Chinese competition. How is it then, that so many of his supporters seem to be economically secure? It could be that Trump supporters aren't worried for themselves, but for their children.

Among those who are similar in terms of income, education and other factors, those who view Trump favorably are more likely to be found in white enclaves — racially isolated Zip codes where the amount of diversity is lower than in surrounding areas.
mythology  sociology  health  economics  money  politics  election  race  inequalities  fb 
august 2016 by oripsolob
Pokémon Go is everything that is wrong with late capitalism - Vox
There may be more that central banks can do to boost demand. If that doesn’t work, then more direct income redistribution may be called for — taxing rich people in high-growth areas to fund expanded government services, wage subsidies, or even cash payments to people in slower-growing parts of the country.
apps  inequalities  class  money  economics  games  fb 
july 2016 by oripsolob
Gun Deaths In America | FiveThirtyEight
We tend to focus on terrorism and mass shootings, police officers killed in the line of duty, and police shootings of civilians.

By Ben Casselman, Matthew Conlen and Reuben Fischer-Baum
design  constitution  sociology  mythology  fb 
july 2016 by oripsolob
The End of Reflection - The New York Times
If the data is any indication, most of us use our phones more than we think: Participants estimated an average of 37 uses throughout the day (anything that turns on the screen, from hitting snooze to making a call), but the actual number was around 85. The slight majority took less than 30 seconds. (Participants also underestimated duration of use by about an hour — the real total was 5.05 hours — which included phone calls and listening to music when the screen was off.)

If you are awake for 16 hours, turning on or checking your phone 85 times means doing so about once every 11 minutes (and doesn’t account for internet use on a computer), and 5.05 hours is over 30 percent of the day. What might be the effect on reflection of this compulsive behavior?
shallows  fb 
june 2016 by oripsolob
The Civil Rights Problem In U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers | WBEZ
In schools with high black and Latino enrollment, 10 percent of teachers were in their first year, compared to 5 percent in largely white schools.
education  sociology  inequalities  race  npr  fb 
june 2016 by oripsolob
America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s | The Art Institute of Chicago
Bringing these diverse works of art together, America after the Fall tells the story of a nation’s fall from grace and irrevocable changes to the American dream.
art  chicago  history  fb 
june 2016 by oripsolob
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