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.