Smart people saying smart things (4.20.17)

Wise words from Te-Nehisi Coates, David Dark, Fred Rogers, Ijeoma Oluo (and her brother), Molly Worthen, and from a former president who used to offer hope and inspiration at annual Easter prayer breakfasts. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (2.14.17)

It’s never a bad time to re-read George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew congregation at Newport, but now seems like an especially good time. Plus: HIAS on religious liberty; David Blight on Frederick Douglass; and Austin Channing Brown on “identity politics.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (2.8.17)

Coretta Scott King on why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has proved himself an enemy of voting rights and is unfit to serve as a federal judge. Rebecca Traister on what mass killers have in common. The United States Holocaust Museum refuses to be All-Lives-Mattered. Hitler scholar Ron Rosenbaum recognizes the playbook. And a pep talk of sorts from John Scalzi. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (1.19.17)

David Dark on James Lawson, being awesome. Willie James Jennings on the “tormented deployment” of a deformed idea of “reconciliation.” Nikole Hannah-Jones on segregationism in 21st-century America. Kristin Du Mez on “Donald Trump and Militant Evangelical Masculinity.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.26)

Charles Dickens on the poor of London; Kelly J. Baker on “nice, decent folks;” Katherine Franke on the default assumptions of default identity politics; Ijeoma Oluo on the least we can do; and President Barack Obama being as Niebuhrian as the Serenity Prayer. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.15)

“The premise for empathy has to be equal humanity,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds us. Daniel Schultz on what it is that you’re leaving if you leave white evangelicalism. Plus: Rebecca Traister on “identity politics;” John Broich on journalists and autocrats; and Church World Service on how you can help refugees. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.6.16)

Some very smart smart people indeed, including: Jamelle Bouie, Crystal St. Marie Lewis, Jarvis Williams, Joy Reid, and Frederick Douglass. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (11.27)

Liel Leibovitz and Masha Gessen on the horrifyingly pertinent lessons learned from their grandparents. Yolanda Pierce and Hollis Phelps on white evangelicals vs. the gospel. And Katie Grimes on the fiction of the “white” working class. [Read more…]

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