Five Star's 295th Great Blog Roundup: The Race and Privilege Edition with James Baldwin

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to us by being black in America, the not-so-blessed privilege of forgetting, facing another's death, black bodies in white spaces, and James Baldwin:

Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
— James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

If I were to follow my normal Five Star pattern today, I would leave a "Happy Wednesday!" here, but in light of what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri, news of which I have been following fairly closely, and with the content that follows below, there will be no "Happy Wednesday". Instead, let's speak of hope for happier Wednesdays. There is work to do.


"Affected" by Karen Walrond at Chookooloonks:

…as I watched the events of Ferguson unfold on Twitter last night, I realized that I couldn't write that this was a good week until I got some things off of my chest.
Friends, the truth is, I'm tired.

"The White Privilege to Forget History" by Anne Marie-Lindsey at Do Not Faint:

I do not see my uncles with their arms raised, fire hoses pointed at them in the name of “crowd dispersal,” in this image from a protest during the Civil Rights Movement, in Danville, Virginia, 1963. Several of my uncles were old enough to be that age, at that time, but their skin color allows me to see this photograph and to not think of them. That is White privilege.

"Good. Good." by Casey Carey-Brown at Life With Roozle:

I learned that what I think I know and what I think I need or you need or we need is usually wrong.

"Black Bodies In White Spaces During Times of Black Crisis" by Black Girl In Maine at Black Girl In Maine:

…in these tender moments when I see faces that look just like mine fighting to be treated like humans, I am tired. I finally understand why Blacks on average have shorter life expectancies than whites, our hearts and souls give up the good fight.

Please come back and share good writing with us over the coming week to be featured on the next Five StarSubmit it by Tuesday at midnight CST to nominate it for inclusion in the next roundup.

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Five Star's 294th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Patricia Hill Collins

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by the truth about depression, a most terrifying twist on a familiar story, the importance of investing in oneself, a last straw, recognizing how multi-faceted we really all are, and Patricia Hill Collins:

by Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I have always had to help create the conditions that made my own work possible.
— Patricia Hill Collins, Toward Social Justice: Sharpening Intersectionality’s Critical Edge

Happy Tuesday, and happy reading!


"Depression: Cut the Preposition" by Mathias Maul at The Content Shrinks:

Depression is not about something. Cut the preposition. This’ll help you understand and empathize with the folks struck with this illness.

"Children’s Stories Made Horrific: The Little Prince" by Mallory Ortberg at The Toast:

Draw me something that will eat a sheep, he said suddenly. I want you to draw me something that can eat anything.
I drew him my hunger and my thirst. It had long teeth, and a long throat.

"You Get What You Pay For and Other Life Lessons of Rarely Putting Yourself First" by Amanda Magee at Amanda Magee:

Every time I buy something that doesn’t make our lives easier or make one of us experience a lasting sense of pleasure or contentment, I’m really wasting and socking away fuel for future resentment.

"Just Write (147)" by Heather King at The Extraordinary Ordinary:

So there I sat with my minivan backed up tight against a birch tree, no back window and a new dent. My neck hurt. I cried. I just started to cry right away because it was time and this was the straw. No more waiting to schedule the nervous breakdown, no more putting off the feelings.

"Find Your Tribes" by Neil Kramer at Citizen of the Month:

Telling others to "find your tribe" — as if we each have only one tribe that becomes our identity — is bad advice. It is simplistic. It breeds isolation and zealotry. It's better to say, "Find Your TRIBES (in the plural)."

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Five Star's 293rd Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Gloria Steinem

Five Star's 293rd Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Gloria Steinem

This week's Five Star is brought to you by a call to mindful online citizenship, how easy it is to learn prejudice, memories of Israel, birds as powerful messengers, the mess of early adulthood, the alienation of being business appropriate, latchkey kids, and Gloria Steinem…

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