In the same week that we witnessed the trial of the police officer who killed George Floyd, and in the same week that yet another Black man, Daunte Wright, was killed by a white police officer, the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance HR 40
, the bill that would establish a commission to consider reparations to Black Americans for slavery. By no means, of course, am I hopeful. After all, HR 40 was first introduced more than 30 years ago, after the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988
, which granted reparations for the internment of Japanese Americans. Nevertheless, the conversation about reparations is growing. This week’s lead article, ”Return the National Parks to the Tribes
,” by Dave Treuer, argues that the country’s 423 national parks, comprising 85 million acres, should be returned to their original stewards. If you have 30 minutes sometime this week, I urge you to read it.
Also in this week’s issue, Shayla Lawz explores the power of writing, Dr. Miin Chan criticizes the fermented food industry, and Joshua David Stern celebrates the classic French omelet. As always, thank you very much for being a loyal reader of this newsletter, and I hope you have a great week.
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