February 9th, 2016

The Short: "A World of Hurt"

by The Economist

I’ve hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.” So said Peter Dahlin, a Swedish citizen, in a televised “confession” after his arrest in Beijing in January. There were several disturbing aspects about the admission, including the likelihood that it was made because of pressure exerted on Mr Dahlin, who ran a Beijing-based legal-advice group (he has since been expelled). But why would the government put those particular words into his mouth?

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The Long: "The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness"

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic)

At various points in my life, I have subscribed to some version of Johnson’s argument. I did not always believein reparations. In the past, I generally thought that the problem of white supremacy could be dealt through the sort of broad economic policy favored by Johnson and his candidate of choice. But eventually, I came to believe that white supremacy was a force in and of itself, a vector often intersecting with class, but also operating independent of it.

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