Five Star Mixtape 396: Five Great Blog Posts and a Veronica Roth Quote
This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by a rallying cry, an ignored but pervasive oppression, unfolding a scary truth, a gift of depression, memories, and Veronica Roth:
Maybe it's a little depressing to think that my vision of a perfect world is actually so messed up, but I think it means that I don't really understand what 'perfect' is.
— Veronica Roth —
"The Accidental Beauty of 'Nevertheless, She Persisted.'" by Marcia Baczynski at Medium's Athena Talks:
McConnell used the passive voice to describe the man (himself) warning Warren, and the active voice for her. He tried to make it ominous by taking the warner and explainer off-stage, making himself godlike, and instead made her the center of the story.
"Economic Violence" by Melissa Chadburn at True:
I read somewhere that if you were to take an MRI scan of someone’s brain who was experiencing social rejection it would exhibit the same pain as the MRI scan of someone who had broken an arm. I guess this is why I feel so compelled to tell stories of economic hardship. Economic violence is the most pervasive and insidious form of social rejection, and most of society finds it perfectly acceptable.
"Accidental Racism, Intentional Activism" by Leah Roberts Peterson at Medium:
My people are religious, conservative, patriotic Republicans. Defending the constitution and our country is synonymous with living a Christlike life. We are “Good People,” salt of the earth. It would be easy to shorten this entire piece to, “I Now Realize My Dad Is Racist,” but that wouldn’t be the whole story. It wouldn’t feel fair, while technically true. And it wouldn’t explain how easy it is to be racist and not know it.
"Depression Is An Unlikely Advantage In The Fight Against Fascism" by Kitty Hannah Eden at The Establishment:
Life under the yoke of depression is frighteningly similar to life in Trump’s America, and knowing one can teach you how to approach the other.
"Remember These Things" by Amy Bee at Lion By the Tail:
I don’t know why I remember what I was wearing: tie-dye tank top and loose shorts past my knees no bra no shoes I went barefoot everywhere and that day the bus was empty I sat in the back just one long seat taking up too much space looking out the window smudged from greasy foreheads…
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