Weekly Roundup, Week 27: #BlackLivesMatter

It seems a week doesn’t go by without the death of an unarmed black person at the hands of the police. My heart goes out to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. I’m so sad for the woman and little girl who watched the man in their lives get shot and bleed out in the car after a traffic stop. The shooting of police officers in Belo Garden Park, Dallas was wrong, and only propagates the violence. Here is Ijeoma Oluo’s moving piece for The Guardian.

And so, with this added grief, I and so many other black people in America must push forward knowing that this horrific act of violence will be used to silence us, to tell us that we have no right to demand protection under the law and justice for crimes committed against us. We are so sad and scared and disheartened. We have worked so very hard to simply be seen as human, but the progress we made was so fragile, the fear and hatred toward us so strong, that it can be shattered with an act of violence that horrifies us as much as anyone else.

Roxane Gay wrote for The New York Times, Alton Sterling and When Black Lives Stop Mattering.


Quartz has this awful story of a Nigerian migrant who was beaten to death in a hate attack in Italy.

Some comfort food after all the horrible news this week: Chocolate Mug Cake via Table For Two blog. This is so easy to make, and calls for the bare minimum of baking ingredients. So quick, much delicious.

Be safe out there, people.

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