the future coolest new hashtag - #sogladwemet - keep an eye out
Before It Had A Name -
Please please please listen to Part 1 of this episode of This American Life, “Before It Had A Name.” It discusses the first recorded testimonials of Holocaust survivors made by David Boder made in 1946 before the term “the Holocaust” even existed and before people even the mass move to record oral histories in the 1960s. It’s haunting, it’s morally intriguing, and it raises interesting questions about how we record history and how language shapes the human experience.
'12 Years a Slave': Portraits of Solomon Northup's Descendants -
THR joined together five generations from the family tree of the Oscar-nominated drama’s real-life protagonist in three different cities.
In case you missed it, we now have OVER 30,000 SKETCHBOOKS in The Sketchbook Project!! This one is by Peter Wadsworth of Brooklyn, NY. #brooklyn #artists #sketchbookproject #milestones (at Brooklyn Art Library)
I see you, Met Museum.
My Year Volunteering As A Teacher Helped Educate A New Generation Of Underprivileged Kids vs. Can We Please, Just Once, Have A Real Teacher -
Just once, it would be nice to walk into a classroom and see a teacher who has a real, honest-to-God degree in education and not a twentysomething English graduate trying to bolster a middling GPA and a sparse law school application. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a qualified educator who has experience standing up in front of a classroom and isn’t desperately trying to prove to herself that she’s a good person.
aka TFA needs to go away
I’d really like the Olympics to be over so people will stop making disingenuous, hypocritical generalizations about Russia that both revive and are informed by outdated Cold War tropes.
We Need To Talk About Colonialism Before We Criticize International Anti-LGBTQ Legislation -
For those of us queer people in the West, we must support human rights everywhere in the world; however, standing up for our LGBTQ siblings’ rights also means acknowledging how we are culpable. We must stop pretending that we are ahead of the world when we talk about LGBTQ rights and democracy. If being “ahead” of other nations means that we export our hate instead of confronting it, we are not only backwards, but we are also hypocrites. We cannot call attention to other LGBTQ people’s voices if we only want to hear half of the story. Our struggles are not all the same, but they are definitely connected.