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#118: The Voice

Hi there and welcome to The Highlighter #118! Today’s articles center on the legacy of Whitney Housto
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#118: The Voice
By Mark Isero • Issue #118 • View online
Hi there and welcome to The Highlighter #118! Today’s articles center on the legacy of Whitney Houston, the experience of living in the Deep South as a Black man, the power and discomfort of the n-word, the discrimination that fat people face from their doctors, and the possibility that the Abominable Snowman exists. It’s quite a spectrum! Please enjoy.
Ready for a contest? November is New Subscriber Month at The Highlighter. The goal is to gain 100 new subscribers — bold! audacious! entirely attainable! — and to get there, I’m announcing the First-Annual New Subscriber Contest. Your goal is to encourage your smart, caring, and curious friends and family to sign up for The Highlighter. The more, the better — except don’t spam them, or sign up for them, or employ some pyramid scheme! We’re looking for folks who will make this community even stronger. And don’t worry, there will be big and zany prizes. (More about those next week.) The contest starts now and ends Dec. 7. To get your points, make sure new subscribers sign up here and write your name where it asks, “How did you find out about The Highlighter?” Good luck!

The Voice
It’s Real Down Here: Living in the Deep South as a Black Man
Here’s Ta-Nehisi Coates on the n-word and other words that don't belong to everyone.
Here’s Ta-Nehisi Coates on the n-word and other words that don't belong to everyone.
No Fatties: When Health Care Hurts
How to Rank Fantastic Beasts
Loyal subscribers Alex and Juliana are hard at work. Good thing they are highlighting with The Highlighter highlighters. Alex and Juliana received these limited-edition highlighters because they attended Highlighter Happy Hour #2 last Thursday in Oakland. A total of 28 smart, caring, and curious people came to the event. Look out for HHH #3 next month!
Loyal subscribers Alex and Juliana are hard at work. Good thing they are highlighting with The Highlighter highlighters. Alex and Juliana received these limited-edition highlighters because they attended Highlighter Happy Hour #2 last Thursday in Oakland. A total of 28 smart, caring, and curious people came to the event. Look out for HHH #3 next month!
This Week’s Podcast: More joy and deep thoughts surfaced this week as my former student Kati Parker joined me on the podcast. Kati was part of the 1999-2000 We the People class at Irvington High School in Fremont, which came in fourth place at the state civics competition in Sacramento. On the show, Kati talked about “The Gentrification of Soul Food” and the difference between appreciation and appropriation. Please listen and subscribe!
All good things must come to an end. I hope you enjoyed The Highlighter #118. Let me know your thoughts below by giving this issue a thumbs-up or -down. Also, please welcome our 14 new subscribers: Karisa, Aubrey, Lynette, Tom, Sue, Pang Houa, Joel, Lindsey, Ron, Dina, Elizabeth, Emily, Lopez, and Cris! Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you again next Thursday at 9:10 am.
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