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#209: The Limits of White Fragility

Hi there, loyal readers, and happy Thursday! Last week’s edition was one of the most popular ever. Th
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#209: The Limits of White Fragility
By Mark Isero • Issue #209 • View online
Hi there, loyal readers, and happy Thursday! Last week’s edition was one of the most popular ever. Thank you for opening it, reading the blurbs and articles, sending me your thoughts, sharing the issue with your friends and family, and encouraging folks to subscribe.
You’re going to like today’s issue, too. I’ve organized the articles in pairs, meant to be read together, if you have time. The lead article, a critique of Robin DiAngelo’s work on white fragility, goes well with a surprising profile of Justice Clarence Thomas. (Trust me.) After the photo break, you’ll find that the video on the teacher shortage in Chicago complements a piece on the housing crisis in California. Please let me know what you think of these article pairings!
+ One more thing: I continue to think about The 1619 Project, and I’d like to make a space to discuss it more formally. If you’re interested in taking a deeper dive, email me.

The Limits of White Fragility
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas And His Radical Vision of Race
HHH #11 was a big success because of loyal readers Clare, Ashmeet, Crystal, Erin, and 30 additional great people. Mark your calendars: HHH #12 is Thursday, December 5!
HHH #11 was a big success because of loyal readers Clare, Ashmeet, Crystal, Erin, and 30 additional great people. Mark your calendars: HHH #12 is Thursday, December 5!
America’s Newest Outsourced Job: Public School Teachers
California Can’t Solve Its Housing Crisis
+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader and VIP Philippe texted in his appreciation of “Dear White Teacher,” which was last week’s most popular article. If you want to talk with Philippe about it, please let me know. (I haven’t asked him, but he’s a good guy; I’m sure he’ll say yes.)
Last week’s doomsday article, “The Proliferation of Plastic,” caught the attention of loyal reader Kati, who commented, “It’s pretty much all I think about now. It’s all my friends and I talk about at get-togethers.” I’m in your camp, Kati: I’ve found myself sharing startling statistics with friends — especially the ones about how nearly all “recyclable” plastic isn’t recycled.
Keep these annotations coming, loyal readers! This newsletter is better when all 530+ of us read and think and share our thoughts.
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