Win A Copy Of A New Book About A Black Man Living In 'Trumpland'

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Why Didn't We Riot? by Issac J. Bailey

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Lobbying For Millionaires, For Social Justice - A guy who lobbies for some of the most powerful companies in the world wants you to know he is deeply concerned that if people like him lose their direct access to the White House, Diversity will suffer.

An Important Conversation About Diversity Trainings Is About To Be Derailed Completely - Should we talk about the lack of evidence supporting many contemporary diversity-training approaches? Yes. Is Donald J. Trump’s crusade against certain such trainings the right approach? Nossir.

The New York Times, Wildfires, And Rightside Norms - On the subtle ways the ideals of news writing are being corrupted.

The Problem With Selective Empathy - If you can muster some empathy for ISIS recruits, you can do the same for incel weirdos.

Social-Media Misinformation Is Going To Make Election Day So Terrifying - You will NOT BELIEVE this viral video that shows EXACTLY WHAT YOU FEAR THE MOST.

How Much Money Is Florida Going To Spend Trying To Prevent Its Own Citizens From Voting? - A really infurating story about the Sunshine State’s endless attempts to prevent ex-felons from voting, solely to benefit the GOP.

Internecine Progressive Conflict Over 'Platforming' Is So Silly And Self-Defeating - Yes, you should promote your whatever on Ben Shapiro’s show.

What Would You Do With $250 Million To Make The Country Better? - The gravitational pull of privileged people on activism and philanthropy continues.

Why Trump's Lived Experience As A Covid Victim Matters Less Than He Thinks - A strange instance of horseshoe theory.

Win A Copy Of Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland By Issac J. Bailey

Slightly weird thing to say, but Issac J. Bailey, aka @ijbailey, is one of my favorite people to disagree with on Twitter. He’s just a fair, measured, calm interlocutor on a site that is mostly raving lunatics, and he comes across as a consistently good, mensch-y guy. I’m happy to do my small part to help get the word out about his latest book.

From the publisher:

South Carolina–based journalist Issac J. Bailey reflects on a wide range of complex, divisive topics—from police brutality and Confederate symbols to respectability politics and white discomfort—which have taken on a fresh urgency with the protest movement sparked by George Floyd’s killing. Bailey has been honing his views on these issues for the past quarter of a century in his professional and private life, which included an eighteen-year stint as a member of a mostly white Evangelical Christian church.

Why Didn’t We Riot? speaks to and for the millions of Black and Brown people throughout the United States who were effectively pushed back to the back of the bus in the Trump era by a media that prioritized the concerns and feelings of the white working class and an administration that made white supremacists giddy, and explains why the country’s fate in 2020 and beyond is largely in their hands. It will be an invaluable resource for the everyday reader, as well as political analysts, college professors and students, and political consultants and campaigns vying for high office.

I am mad that work and life have conspired to prevent me from reading this, but I’ve started the book, really enjoy it so far, and am excited to finally carve out some time to finish it (hopefully this weekend).

The publisher, Other Press, is letting me give away three copies. If you want to enter the drawing, just send an email with the subject line ‘riot’ to by noon, Eastern, tomorrow, October 9th. As always, I’ll award the first two copies to whoever’s names I draw, as long as they are at least paid subscribers, but will reserve the third copy for a paid one. All the more reason to subscribe!