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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Black Lives Matter

Should The “B” in Black be Capitalized?

Recently, my own writing confronted me with the question of whether the B in Black should be capitalized. Should it? Here are some thoughts on the matter and the policies of some various news organizations.

The Beautiful Faces of the Vogue Challenge (and anime characters and cats?)

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised. It is on the Internet, which loves memes and cats. People responded to the #VogueChallenge in droves and some of the results are astounding and breathtaking. But did some of the entries subtract a bit from the movement's intent?

It’s About Time to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday

Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of the final slaves in the US. It's not a new holiday -- its first celebrations date back to the post-Civil-War era. Some companies, such as Twitter, recently announced that they're making it into a company holiday and giving employees the day off. It's time to make it a national holiday finally.

Ways to Support Black Lives Matter and Oppose Racism With More than a Hashtag

Someone on social media criticizing others for continuing with business-as-usual and posts-as-scheduled instead of posting about Black Lives Matter incited my irritation. But it did do something useful: forcing me to look at what I was doing, and what I could do to help (in ways that involved more than hashtags.)
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