This is my TENTH Read This Week feature. Wow. Seems like I just started this blog. (Well…I kind of did. I only started it in late May of this year.)
I read some GREAT articles this week, that you must read! They include:
The Way Forward for Higher Education Is Not For-Profit Colleges by Tressie McMillan is great. She tackles the complex issue of for-profit colleges, the increasing debt because of their cost and their high minority enrollment. She writes: "We underfund public higher education while simultaneously subsidizing the growth of the for-profit college sector through federal financial aid. If for-profit colleges are the only way to meet future economic demands it is because our public policy has made it the only option."
10 Differences Between White Terrorists and Others from very ethnic on Tumblr is a great piece that quickly summarizes how White privilege and institutionalized racism play a role in how the media and the government characterizes terrorists acts by White men, versus others that they willingly label as “terrorists.”
Is App.net The Beginning Of ‘White Flight’ From Facebook And Twitter? by Whitney Erin Bossel is a good post. MUST READ. She writes: ”App.net could represent the digital equivalent of white people moving from suburban tract houses to gated communities or urban loft conversions. It contains elements of both white flight (affluent white people distancing themselves from the more diverse user bases of Facebook and Twitter) and gentrification (affluent white people creating a site that conforms to their tastes and has a higher cost of entry), and to me, these things make App.net seem a lot less appealing: I’m happy to escape “being the product,” but joining a digital country club holds little appeal.”
Notes on A Confession of A (so-called) Black Gentrifier by Kenyon Farrow takes another angle regarding “gentrification,” as the article above mentions. He writes: "…we have to really look critically at whether “Black gentrification” is really even possible, or whether it is a tool to use the anxiety of the Black middle class to distract attention from white and/or non-Black culpability in Black displacement and dispossession."
Chivalry is Dead Because You Weren’t Chivalrous in the First Place from the Liquor, Loans and Love blog is great. She went IN on the makeshift behavior that is chivalry, and how men blame women for no longer having even the most decent manners. She writes: "The truth of the matter is, if this is who you were at your core, and not a behavior you were willing to exhibit so long as it gets you a favorable outcome, no amount of doors held open without thank yous or I-am-woman-hear-me-roars could take it from you. Instead, you fake it ‘til you make it and then blame women when you can no longer manage the disguise."
Stay tuned for next week’s suggestions! :)