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#282: Black At Beaver

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We’re nearing the end of February, loyal readers, and I hope that you’re keeping your energy up, getting your vaccinations, and remaining hopeful as we hit the one-year mark of this pandemic. For many of us, reading is a respite, and that’s one reason I send out this newsletter every week and am appreciative that you open it.
This week’s articles talk to each other, as they sometimes do, and I hope that you try reading a few of them. The lead article, by Anna Deavere Smith, is a brilliant memoir of her time in college and her awakening as a Black civil rights leader. The middle pieces explore two harmful ways that white people disengage from racial equity work. Rounding off today’s issue is an essay about beginner’s mindset, and though it has nothing to do with race, I found it to be a helpful reminder to stay engaged when there’s conflict. Enjoy!
+ I’d like to ask you for a favor: If you like The Highlighter, could you share it with a friend and urge them to try it out? Thank you! Nearly all of you are here because of word of mouth, so I would be very grateful if you kept the good word going.

“We Were The Last Of The Nice Negro Girls”
Hangman: What One Says, And Doesn’t Say, To White Educators
Theodore Bubbles, who belongs to loyal reader Rae, enjoys full-contact cuddling, being mesmerized by the washing machine, watching golf on tv, and making biscuits. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Theodore Bubbles, who belongs to loyal reader Rae, enjoys full-contact cuddling, being mesmerized by the washing machine, watching golf on tv, and making biscuits. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Ghosted by Allies: Why BIPOC Still Can’t Trust White People With Justice
The Joys Of Being A Beginner
Just like that, and through no fault of your own, this 282nd issue of The Highlighter is coming to an end. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you thought by hitting reply or by clicking on the thumbs below.
Also, let’s welcome Dan and Preston, our reading community’s two new subscribers. I hope you find the newsletter a solid addition to your email inbox. Also, thank you to loyal reader Marni for getting the word out!
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