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#207: Teaching America’s Truth

Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and welcome to The Highlighter! Thank you very much for opening today’
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#207: Teaching America’s Truth
By Mark Isero • Issue #207 • View online
Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and welcome to The Highlighter! Thank you very much for opening today’s issue. This week’s lead article discusses how teachers are changing the way they approach slavery and its legacy. It’s clear that the The 1619 Project is having an impact. Still, in my mind, we’re barely scratching the surface, and there is much more to be done.
Also in today’s issue, you’ll find great pieces focusing on the increase of homelessness among working Americans, the Christian missionary trip that went wrong, and the magnificent popularity of a fast-food chicken sandwich. Please enjoy!
+ Highlighter Happy Hour #11 is one week away. So far, 31 loyal readers have secured their free tickets. We’re well on our way toward an attendance record. If you live near Oakland, join us!

Teaching America’s Truth
The New American Working Homeless
Stanley, who belongs to loyal reader Denise, loves to soak up the sun. Nominate your pet to appear in The Highlighter! hltr.co/pets
Stanley, who belongs to loyal reader Denise, loves to soak up the sun. Nominate your pet to appear in The Highlighter! hltr.co/pets
An American Missionary
The Last Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader Kati, owner of Ollie, shared these thoughts about “Whiteness on the Couch”:
The article is good food for thought, but I still find myself questioning a lot of the beliefs. As someone raised mixed race and being part Mexican (and never “enough” white or “enough” Mexican), I find some of her points very thought-provoking, while others a bit long-winded and some even misguided. While the APA, as she said, rejected bigotry as a mental disorder (and I definitely think bigoted people have mental problems), I am not sure about flirting with the idea of considering whiteness a mental condition. It is, and it isn’t. It’s an interesting thought exercise, but in some ways, a leap of logic. I need to think more about this, though. I’m reminded of when my friend educated me on cultural appropriation and how I do not get to choose what offends people. My first reaction was to be defensive, but then I realized I needed to think a bit more about how my actions can affect people, and how I can better be an ally in general, since that is definitely my goal.
Thank you, Kati! Loyal readers, please keep your thoughts coming. Please feel free to email me and strike up a conversation.
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