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Millennials on NFL Protests, Trans Workers’ Rights, and D.C.’s Maternity Care Desert

October 6, 2017

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Here’s our pick of news, writing, and research this week that investigates political questions at the intersections of gender, race, and region.

1. Rethinking Community: Join us October 19-21, 2017 in Winston-Salem, NC for Rethinking Community, a three-day conference hosted by the Eudaimonia Institute and the Pro Humanitate Institute of Wake Forest University. Rethinking Community is our response to a call by Provost Rogan Kersh, to convene our counterparts across higher education to grapple with the effects of living in a society more virtual, diverse, polarized, and global than ever. During this conference, we will bring together scholars, journalists, elected officials, and public intellectuals from across the ideological spectrum for three days of courageous, robust engagement with the animating questions of our academic and political world. Registration is free and open to all!

2. A Maternity Care Desert Threatens Lower Income Women in Washington, D.C.
Miriam Zoila Pérez for Colorlines: “Claudia Booker, a Washington D.C. native and practicing midwife and doula, explains: ‘We are now facing a medical care crisis in this city that in many ways rivals the crises other locales are facing after the recent hurricanes. However, this emergency and health disaster was not caused by nature but by years of lack of attention to its most vulnerable citizens, most of whom are people of color with little resources and resilience.’ Three different significant shifts to hospital-based maternity care are contributing to the worsening crisis that Booker describes.”

3. Youth Incarceration in the United States, by the Numbers
Molly Knefel for TeenVogue: “The United States has managed to significantly reduce the amount of incarcerated youths — a 54% reduction from 2001 to 2015, thanks to state reforms that prioritize keeping young people in their homes and communities. But in the same time period, the racial disparity between incarcerated black youths compared with white youths actually rose by 22%, with all but 13 states seeing an increase. Nationwide, black youths were more than five times as likely to be detained or incarcerated as white youths were; in six states, black youths were 10 times as likely to be detained or incarcerated as white youths were…’What we’re seeing is actually an increase in racial and ethnic disparities. Juvenile justice reforms reducing the use of incarceration are not equally benefiting all kids,’”

4. Do Cultural Differences Change What Depression Feels Like?
Shayla Love for The Atlantic: “If a Taoist fable could change the types and variety of emotions people felt, could such cultural scripts also be changing our brains? In an emerging field called cultural neuroscience, that answer appears to be yes…Her findings showed that activity in different parts of the insula was associated with feeling strength depending on what culture a participant was from. And, for the biculturals, or second-generation Chinese, in the study, Immordino-Yang found that their brain results fell somewhere in between the full Chinese and full Americans.”

5. The Department of Justice Takes a Stand Against Transgender Rights in the Workplace
Emma Green for The Atlantic: “This position, however, is controversial. Opponents have argued that the text of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not explicitly include gender identity, and the government cannot enforce the law that way. This is the line Sessions took in his new memo. ‘‘Sex’ is ordinarily defined to mean biologically male or female,’ he wrote. ‘Although Title VII provides various protections to transgender individuals, Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se.’ Based on this reasoning, Sessions has withdrawn Holder’s previous memo, noting that this is the position the DOJ will take in ‘all pending and future matters.'”

6. This is what millennials think about the NFL protests
Matthew Fowler and Vladimir E. Medenica for the Washington Post: “Race matters a great deal in attitudes toward athletes protesting police brutality. White millennials are less likely than millennials of color to support athletes kneeling during the national anthem and are less likely to believe that police killings of African Americans are a serious problem. What’s more, white millennials’ attitudes are associated with racial resentment in ways that are consistent with white adults more generally.”

7. Black-ish Embraces the Urgency of History
Megan Garber for The Atlantic: “’Juneteenth: The Musical’ in one way follows the tradition of ‘Lemons,’ ‘The Word,’ ‘Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell,’ and ‘Hope’—other Black-ish episodes that have abandoned the traditional insularity of the sitcom to grapple directly with the issues affecting viewers’ lives. ‘Juneteenth: The Musical,’ however, is the show’s most ambitious yet—its most powerful reminder of what television can do when it chooses explicit argument over soft escapism…The episode ends with a meaningful twist—Black-ish’s camera pans across the document’s text—acknowledged that ‘the system of slavery and the visceral racism against people of African descent upon which it depended became enmeshed in the social fabric of the United States.’ It called ‘on all people of the United States to work toward eliminating racial prejudices, injustices, and discrimination from our society.'”