5/31/20 Weekly Roundup

Currently Reading: Educated – Tara Westover. Late to the party, but a fascinating look into surviving a fundamentalist LDS upbringing. Consider how difficult it would be to escape the isolated woods of Idaho to eventually receive your PhD from Cambridge. Highly recommend.

On Repeat: Killer Mike’s impromptu speech. The last thing the world needs is another white man’s opinion so I will leave the commentary to those who know first hand, the difficulties of being black in America. Plot, plan, strategize, organize, mobilize.

Notable Podcasts: Malcolm Gladwell’s chapter on race from David & Goliath.

Quote of the Week: From Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail: “I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”