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#250: My Body Is A Confederate Monument

Just like that, we’ve reached the 250th issue of The Highlighter. Loyal readers, thank you for your s
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#250: My Body Is A Confederate Monument
By Mark Isero • Issue #257 • View online
Just like that, we’ve reached the 250th issue of The Highlighter. Loyal readers, thank you for your support and your thoughtful contributions to our reading community. Together we’ve built something meaningful, don’t you think?
Last week’s issue broke another reading record. The lead article, “What Is Owed,” got shared hundreds of times and led many of you to reach out to brainstorm possible action steps.
This week’s issue is another strong one. All four articles are worthy of your attention and reflection, but the first two are phenomenal. Today’s lead essay, “My Body Is A Confederate Monument,” by Caroline Randall Williams, is a masterpiece. The second, “America’s Enduring Caste System,” by Isabel Wilkerson, is also beautifully written, offering a powerful and possibly different way for people to understand anti-Blackness and systemic racism.
Please get into these and the other two articles and let me know what you think. Onward to another 250 issues!

My Body Is A Confederate Monument
America’s Enduring Caste System
Here’s VIP member and loyal reader Camille enjoying a warm beverage with her new fancy mug. She’s also an avid and invaluable member of Article Club. Thank you for your thoughtful insights to our reading community, Camille!
Here’s VIP member and loyal reader Camille enjoying a warm beverage with her new fancy mug. She’s also an avid and invaluable member of Article Club. Thank you for your thoughtful insights to our reading community, Camille!
The Long Walk
When Black People Are In Pain, White People Just Join Book Clubs
+ Reader Annotations: I’m really grateful for our strong and thoughtful reading community. I hope you are, too. But what’s the point of all this reading in the first place? Several of you have reached out the past two weeks and shared your thoughts. Here is loyal reader Lynn and her contribution:
We read so we can act in an effective way. Reading gets a bad rap because people end there, if they even got there in the first place. But it doesn’t end there. Reading is not just an exercise for the brain. It should hit our hearts and bodies, if we let reading do so.
Thank you, Lynn, and may the reading we choose to do this week “hit our hearts and bodies” so that we may act and be better.
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Also, let’s welcome our community’s 15 new members: Anastasia, Morgan, Crystal, Veronica, Joyce, Blake, Molly, Alicia, Jessica, Carolyn, Terri, Carrie, Gary, Emily, and one other person. I hope that you find this newsletter a solid addition to your Thursday email inbox. (Also, thank you, loyal readers Maker and Caitlin, for starting off a chain reaction of subscribing and referring!)
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