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#280: The Whiteness Of The Classics

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Hi there, loyal readers. Thank you for being here, whether this is your first issue or your 280th. As a former history teacher, I loved this week’s well-written lead article, “He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness” and think you’ll like it, too, even if you’re not a fan of the ivory tower. The other three pieces — about a white woman who pretends to be Black, a racist work environment at Bon Appétit, and a typical college evening that turns awful — are also worth your attention. I hope that you enjoy one or all of them!
+ Let’s take a brief moment to appreciate loyal readers Frederik, Micki, Kyle, Jessica, and Donna. This is their 100th issue of The Highlighter. Should they get a prize?
+ I’m happy to announce that this month at Article Club, we’re reading and discussing “How The Black Vote Became a Monolith,” by Theodore R. Johnson, originally featured last September in Issue #262. I warmly invite you to join the discussion. You can find out more information and sign up here.

He Wants To Save Classics From Whiteness
Jessica Krug, The White Professor Who Posed As Black For Years
The elegant Banjo, who belongs to loyal reader Crystal, enjoys warm afternoon light. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter?
The elegant Banjo, who belongs to loyal reader Crystal, enjoys warm afternoon light. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter?
The Test Kitchen At Bon Appétit
Public Safety
+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader and teacher Shreya appreciated “The Zoom Gaze” (#276) and paired the article with Jia Tolentino’s “The I In The Internet” (which I should read) for students in her New Narratives electives class. Shreya writes:
For my juniors and seniors, ~35% of their entire high school careers (!) will have happened during the pandemic, with video platforms a huge part of how they will have taken AP tests, done college campus visits and interviews, had class social events and milestones like graduation, etc. It was interesting to discuss how Zoom has been amazing in allowing school to happen but is also really disorienting and problematic.
I’m happy your students had a good discussion, Shreya! (Teachers get extra points for incorporating articles from The Highlighter into their classes.)
Readers last week also connected with “The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. What If You Try?” Loyal reader Kati does her part to combat climate change but also “felt bad for the Kalmus family.” She writes:
They are letting this slow-moving disaster ruin the life they currently have. I get where they’re coming from, but I also felt sad for them. I think about this all the time as well, and how so many people think we’re “weird” to not want to acquire junk, for instance, or try to eat in a way that is less disruptive to the environment. There are not enough people trying to make changes, so my belief is that it needs to come from corporations and legislation; otherwise, we’re all screwed. (I think we’re all screwed.)
Loyal readers, I value hearing your thoughts and learning from your perspectives. Please hit reply and let’s keep this conversation going!
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