raceAhead: Discrimination at Harvard, Girl Scouts Celebrate Eid, 5 Breaking News Haikus
Your week in review, in haiku.
Even a fish would
stay out of trouble if it
kept its own mouth shut.
The new trail of tears:
A biblical tragedy.
On that, we agree.
“Do not interrupt
those climbing to greatest heights.”
-Trash Panda proverb
“Hey, the Foundation
called.” Tiffany sips tea. “That’s
none of my business.”
A joyous day to
feast and remember all good
deeds: Eid Mubarak
Wishing you a joyous and memorable weekend.
|Muslim Girl Scouts in Virginia are helping people celebrate Eid in a unique way|
|Troop 4585, a group of fifth-graders from Sterling, Va., have created a series of Eid-themed holiday cards to help others celebrate the end of Ramadan. When they shared their work on Facebook, they were surprised by a sudden influx of more than 600 orders. The money raised is going to charity and to fund future projects. In addition to getting a sudden master class in entrepreneurship, the girls are earning their photography badges. “All these girls are Muslim, so we try to incorporate Islam as much as we can. All other activities are the same,” says troop leader Ema Chohan.|
|Voice of America|
|University of Chicago to stop requiring standardized test scores, offers free tuition for low-income students|
|The University of Chicago is now part of a growing number of universities to no longer require prospective students to submit SAT and ACT scores as part of the admissions process, citing concerns that the tests unfairly burden low-income, first-generation, and certain minority students. They will also allow students to submit video introductions and non-traditional materials. “We wanted to really take a look at all our requirements and make sure they were fair to every group, that everybody, anybody could aspire to a place like UChicago,” says the dean of admissions. The school is also announcing free tuition for families making less than $125,000 and four-year scholarships for first-generation students.|
|Target is forced to recall ‘Baby Daddy’ father’s day cards after outcry|
|Takeisha Saunders was appalled to discover that the only Father’s Day cards that featured black families in her local Rockwell, Texas, Target read “Baby Daddy.” No black husband cards. No “my dad’s a hero” cards. No “world’s greatest dad” cards. It prompted an immediate outcry when Saunders posted it online, forcing Target to pull the cards and apologize. Patrice Molnar, a spokeswoman for American Greetings, said they meant no offense. “In this instance, this particular card was created for, and addressed to, a loving husband — which the inside copy makes clear,” she told ABC News. “However, we now see that the front page, taken out of context, can communicate an unintentional meaning that we are strongly against perpetuating and is not consistent with our company purpose and values.” <Thinking face emoji goes here.>|
The Woke Leader
|An extraordinary film of George Washington Carver has been found|
|The Motion Picture Preservation Lab of the National Archive found a lost treasure in a recent acquisition, rare amateur film footage of the legendary inventor at home and in his office at the then Tuskegee Institute. The film, which has a home video vibe, shows him with family, reading correspondence, performing experiments, working in the peanut fields, holding a mound of red Alabama clay. The tender moments with Dr. Carver – he knits with his wife! – are impossibly poignant. The beautifully preserved color footage was shot in 1937 by an African-American surgeon from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and opens a window into a corner of black life that was elegant, optimistic and committed to excellence. There’s even footage of a Tuskegee football game complete with band and majorettes.|
|Unwritten Record Blog|
|There is a gay glass ceiling in the U.K.|
|In the largest such study to date, an analysis of data from U.K. households show that gay employees are significantly less likely to be promoted to upper management positions than their similarly credentialed straight peers. While gay men do fine on lower rungs of management, often out-pacing and out-earning straight men, they’re not making it to high-status leadership positions. And gay women were less likely to hold a leadership job, but more likely to be in a position of managing others. The discrimination was compounded by race. “Gay men of color, it was clear, are even less likely to hold a high-status managerial post than white gay men.”|
|Revisiting the early work of Ta-Nehisi Coates|
|I often forget that his first book was not the award-winning Between The World and Me, but The Beautiful Struggle: A Father Two Sons and An Unlikely Road to Manhood. Coates is the son of a complicated man, a Vietnam veteran, a Black Panther who carried a gun, a warrior for redemption in crack-afflicted Baltimore, and inspirational figure at Howard University, who had seven children with four different women. Coates, once a brilliant underachiever, used his first book to hone the craft of putting the lives of black folks into context. On the subject of black men and violence, he said in a 2008 interview:“People don’t humanize these folks. They’re numbers to them… This is why we have art. This is why people need to read novels. This is why people need to read history and great detailed journalism.”|