This past week was heartbreaking, wasn’t it? Mississippi put a discriminatory law on the books, for starters. And then, South Carolina Senator Lee Bright decided North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” was a great idea, proving that names don’t really say much about a person. #WeAreNotThis #NotThisTime
#PeeForLeeSC, y’all. Let Senator Bright know when and where you’re going. He appears to be real concerned about it.
Schuyler Kropf, Post and Courier
The Greenhouse on Porter in Ocean Springs, MS, made me one of the best damn biscuits I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. And now they’re showing that some Mississippians are truly committed to hospitality for everyone.
Jeff Clark, The Sun Herald
Here’s something that MS leaders actually need to be spending their time on…
Anna Wolfe, The Clarion-Ledger
“My name is Charlotte and I’m looking for a new state in which to reside.”
Tennessee wants to jump on the sanctioned bigotry bandwagon, too.
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement
Doctors don’t take the pain of black people seriously. This is not a metaphor.
Fariss Samarrai, UVAToday
Never underestimate the gumption of a gal reporter.
Anna Merlan, Jezebel
Here’s a new perspective on the feminist poetry of Adrienne Rich.
Personal side note: I was teaching a literature course in 2012 when Rich passed away. I decided to assign “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” for extra-credit, and I’ll never forget the student who opened his short essay by stating that he wanted to slap “whining” Rich in the face. (He apparently didn’t understand that the poet is not always the speaker of the poem. Among other things.) This is why teachers need to assign diverse texts, early and often. So I’m assigning everybody who hasn’t read her work at least two Adrienne Rich poems this weekend. Pop quiz on Monday, kids.
Michelle Dean, New Republic
My former student is not the only guy wanting to hit a woman. Shocking, I know.
Madeline Price, The Guardian
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