This week I wrote about the firing of Marc Lamont Hill at Pacific Standard:
The principle of academic freedom only matters if it applies to speech with which we disagree. The First Amendment right to free speech at a public university is even more powerful, supported by hundreds of years of jurisprudence enshrined in one of the most important passages in the Bill of Rights. CNN, a commercial venture, can do what it likes and will be judged by its viewers based on the quality of those decisions. Temple University, and academe in general, must be held to a higher standard.
Next week I'll have a very upsetting piece on the murder of an autistic child in school. I've also got a piece on writing that I think ought to come out, and am working on a few more. The year is almost over and next year's writing plans are solidifying. More on that soon.
Here's some good stuff to read:
- Elizabeth Picciuto on learning from disabled adults how to raise a disabled child. This is the best example of this genre of essays I've ever read.
- A study on how dollar stores cause poverty rather than just respond to poverty, and how a town is pushing back.
- Irina Dumetrescu - Medieval wisdom about teachers behaving badly.
- Lies about the Humanities and the Lying Liars who tell Them. By Aaron Hanlon. A masterpiece of an essay.
- One more vile institution that murders disabled people closes. So many more to go.
- Viral history threads, a roundup from 2018. By Rebecca Onion.
- 538: California is failing disabled adults.
What did you read this week that was amazing and stayed with you?