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!