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#94: We Cannot Be Afraid of Our Truth

It’s The Highlighter #94, everybody! Welcome. Today’s issue centers on the difficulty of sharing spac
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#94: We Cannot Be Afraid of Our Truth
By Mark Isero • Issue #94 • View online
It’s The Highlighter #94, everybody! Welcome. Today’s issue centers on the difficulty of sharing space and building empathy across difference. The first two articles explore how two different cities have decided to live in community. New Orleans is toppling its Confederate statues (in the middle of the night, with bulletproof vests, guarded by snipers) to remove its reverence of racism. On the flip side, the suburb of Troy, New York is calling the police on its African American residents as the town becomes more diverse.
After the photo break, the digest considers how listening and storytelling can promote empathy. However, the third piece—a negative review of S-Town—warns us that listening without an interrogative ear can lead us to complicity. Have empathy but remain leery? That seems complex. Good thing there’s a classic This American Life episode about acting’s transformative effects to round out today’s issue. Please enjoy!

Mayor Mitch Landrieu: Why We Should Remove Confederate Monuments
Police’s Message to Black Suburbans: You’re Not Wanted. Please Go Away.
Tenth graders in loyal subscriber Samantha’s class debate whether voting should be compulsory. Photo by loyal subscriber Laura. Envision Academy, Oakland.
Tenth graders in loyal subscriber Samantha’s class debate whether voting should be compulsory. Photo by loyal subscriber Laura. Envision Academy, Oakland.
Airbrushing Shittown
Hamlet in Prison
That’s it for today! Thank you very much for reading this week’s issue. If you liked it (or if you hated it), please leave a thumbs-up (or down) below. (Last week’s score: 8-0.) Also, let’s welcome new subscribers Kristin and S.M. I appreciate everyone’s eagerness to get the word out about The Highlighter. Maybe there should be prizes! What do you think? See you next Thursday at 9:10 am. 
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