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#99: A Presumption of Guilt

Hello there! I hope you’ve had a strong week. Mine was solid, thank you for asking. A highlight was t
The Highlighter
#99: A Presumption of Guilt
By Mark Isero • Issue #99 • View online
Hello there! I hope you’ve had a strong week. Mine was solid, thank you for asking. A highlight was that the Summer Kindle Party was last Saturday, and it was a huge success. (If you’re interested, here’s more about the Kindle Classroom Project.)
Anyway, enough about me. Today’s edition of The Highlighter focuses on race and is organized in two parts. First up is an essay by my hero Bryan Stevenson that offers historical context to our current horror of police killings. The second piece is the digest’s first contribution from a conservative publication, and it makes a key point: that white liberals need to do more than just talk a good game about social justice.
After the photo break, I’ve included two profiles / book reviews. The first piece highlights Roxane Gay and her latest, Hunger, and the second piece highlights Sherman Alexie and his latest, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. Please enjoy all four articles and let me know what you think!

A Presumption of Guilt: How Centuries of Racism Have Led to Police Killings
White Liberals Denounce Inequity While Keeping It For Themselves
22 friends and family prepared 400 Kindles last Saturday for middle school students in Oakland. Here is Kindle captain and loyal subscriber Angelina with Kindle #400. Rejoice!
22 friends and family prepared 400 Kindles last Saturday for middle school students in Oakland. Here is Kindle captain and loyal subscriber Angelina with Kindle #400. Rejoice!
Roxane Gay’s New Memoir, Hunger, Is Her Most Feminist Act Yet
Sherman Alexie: My mother was a dictionary. She always said to me, English will be your best weapon. She was right, she was right, she was right.
Another issue of The Highlighter is officially in the books! Thank you for reading it. Also, please welcome new subscribers John and Julie. The movement is picking up steam. This week, let me know (either by responding to this email or by giving me a thumbs-up or thumbs-down below) what you thought about the big yellow highlighted excerpt above. (It’s a new feature I’m testing out.) Did you like it? hate it? not care either way? Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and I’ll see you next Thursday at 9:10 am for The Highlighter #100!
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