Saturday Good Writing #8

What you should read this week, in my opinion:

Fred Clark’s Empathy Part 4.

Flea’s Letter To Alex and Chris, Twelve Years Into The Future:

As young white men, you sit at the pinnacle of opportunity and privilege. All the power in the world can be yours, but as the old saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. You may be faced with situations where causing harm is an option. You may be faced with situations where refusing to cause harm may cause you to lose face. You may be faced with a situation where you know you can easily get away with causing harm to another living being. And when the road ends here, my sweet boys, I beg you to remember my words, and the example of Hugh Thompson: It is your duty to protect those who can not protect themselves.

Talking with my 11-year old daughter about abortion, and other difficult but necessary tasks on Running with Scissors.

AngryBlackBitch: By request, a bitch’s thoughts on South Dakota….

Refusing To Choose One Racial Box by Sasha Debevec-McKenney:

If administrators at Windsor High School had their choice, would I be considered black for just the days of the interdisciplinary writing and response to literature tests? That way, I could help boost the scores for blacks, making the school district look better. And then, when the math and science tests rolled around, they could just switch me over to white – a racial group whose statistics could afford to take a hit from my test scores.