Five Star Mixtape 372: Seven Great Blog Posts and a Jeff Kinney Quote

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by racist food stereotypes, a bizarre therapist, the underbelly of entitlement, the value of deeper listening, the danger of mass-produced education, a stranger's good deed, the stigmatization of mental illness, and Jeff Kinney:

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by Politics and Prose Bookstore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

I labored for eight years thinking I was writing a book for adults that was a nostalgic look back on childhood. Then my publisher informed me I'd written a children's book.
— Jeff Kinney —

Happy reading!

"Why I Don’t Eat Watermelon in Public" by Keisha at The Girl Next Door Is Black:

I am black, therefore I am an expert on what this black person eats. Should you be the type to assume that what one black person does, all black people do, here are some ideas for new racial stereotypes. Try: spinach, low-fat milk, Sour Patch Kids, protein shakes, udon noodle soup, sushi, wonton noodle soup, pasta, coffee, fajitas, crawfish…

"Panic attacks and Jim Palmer: my first (and almost last) therapist" by Alice Bradley at Alice Bradley:

For our second session, he asked me what I wanted to talk about, and I didn’t know. We sat there for a while. I told him about a dream I had that I was a tomato. I was a tomato, planted in a garden in my parent’s backyard. “What do tomatoes mean to you?” he asked me. I had hoped he would tell me. “Salad?” I said. He nodded as if I had said something profound. Then he asked me about my homework and whether my grades were improving.

"I'm With the Banned" by Laurie Penny at Medium's Welcome to the Scream Room:

This is a story about how trolls took the wheel of the clown car of modern politics. It’s a story about the insider traders of the attention economy. It’s a story about fear and loathing and Donald Trump and you and me. It’s not a story about Milo Yiannopoulos, the professional alt-right provocateur who was just banned from Twitter permanently for sending racist abuse to actor Leslie Jones.

But it does start with Milo.

"How to Listen When You Disagree: A Lesson From the Republican National Convention" by Benjamin Mathes at Urban Confessional:

When someone has a point of view we find difficult to understand, disagreeable, or even offensive, we must look to the set of circumstances that person has experienced that resulted in that point of view.

Get their story, their biography, and you’ll open up the real possibility of an understanding that transcends disagreement.

"Power, Corruption and Lies" by Graham Brown-Martin at Medium's Friction Burns:

We wouldn’t accept a healthcare system where “Big Pharma” also owned the hospitals and employed all the doctors but that’s exactly the kind of closed loop system that’s happening with “Big Edu” where $multi-billion corporations like Pearson seek to own the content, the exam and the schools.

"Remember when I told you that my kids weren't going on vacation this summer? They're not. But I am…" by Bunmi Laditan at Facebook:

…I approached and asked for my shade of powder in a compact. My skin's dark so I figured they wouldn't have it and said aloud, "You probably won't have it. That's my destiny."
 As soon as the words came out of my mouth, a woman with a loose blonde bun also standing at the makeup counter said to me: "Don't say that."
It wasn't what she said, it was how she said it. Not a flippant, jokey, "Aww don't say that, honey," with a smile. She said, "Don't say that" gently, but very firmly and with authority. Like she knew me. 

"Wrong Does Not Mean Crazy" by Finn G. at Standing In the Way of Control:

People need to stop claiming that politicians – and their supporters – whose political views differ from theirs as a sign of a mental illness, as though people can’t hold different political beliefs without considering them rationally.

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