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#252: The Test Of Their Lives

Hi loyal readers, and thank you for opening today’s issue of The Highlighter. Unless you live off the
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#252: The Test Of Their Lives
By Mark Isero • Issue #259 • View online
Hi loyal readers, and thank you for opening today’s issue of The Highlighter. Unless you live off the grid, which lately has become more appealing to me, you couldn’t escape news stories this week debating whether teachers should return to school next month. It’s a fair and important question. But I noticed fewer stories in my feed that included the experiences of students. This week’s lead article, “The Test Of Their Lives,” tells the story of four San Francisco high school students and how they navigated distance learning in the Spring. No, the piece won’t magically give us the answers to our current questions. But it might offer perspective and help to keep young people at the center as we make key decisions.
Also in this week’s issue, you’ll find articles on the dangers of facial recognition technology and the benefits of having authentic conversations with voters. And if you happen to be in the mood for listening over reading, give the “This Land” podcast a chance. I think you’ll appreciate it.
+ I’d love to hear from you — especially if we’ve never met or you’ve never shared your thoughts before. If an article or podcast resonated with you, please let me know. All you need to do is hit reply!

The Test Of Their Lives
Defund Facial Recognition Now
After a brief corporate introduction, Nikole Hannah-Jones is outstanding, as usual, in this conversation with Dr. Kamau Bobb. She says, “[Black people] are the perfecters of this democracy. It would be nice if we didn’t have to stand alone, and it would be nice if our white brothers and sisters would actually fight for us the way we have fought for them.” (58 min)
After a brief corporate introduction, Nikole Hannah-Jones is outstanding, as usual, in this conversation with Dr. Kamau Bobb. She says, “[Black people] are the perfecters of this democracy. It would be nice if we didn’t have to stand alone, and it would be nice if our white brothers and sisters would actually fight for us the way we have fought for them.” (58 min)
This Land
The Only Way To Change A Voter’s Mind
+ Reader Annotations: VIP member Phoebe was pleased that Viet Thanh Nguyen’s essay led last week’s newsletter and shared these thoughts:
Asian Americans usually don’t figure into the greater discussion of race in America. As an Asian American, I always struggle with finding my place in the race discussion, and it has been particularly difficult this year. First came the increasingly overt anti-Asian sentiment that was especially unleashed by Covid, and then the complicated jumble of feelings about where I fit into the discussion of racism in America after George Floyd was killed. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s article was the best articulation that I’ve read about those complicated feelings. Thanks for highlighting it!
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