It’s time, once again, to get your mental corn popping.
Michael Tesler reports that support for Black Live Matter surged during the protests but is now waning among white Americans. FiveThirtyEight
Sarah Midkiff goes inside the Portland protests, separating fact from fiction. This is almost a month old. I think election hijinx are overtaking #BLM related news. Until this past weekend, when protests took precedence again. Refinery 29
Black lives matter: NBA walkout sparks historic sports boycott in US; Osaka withdraws, tennis halted. The boycott was short-lived, but sports teams are attempting to use their platforms to keep the message of #BLM front and centre. The Scroll
The national anthem protests, part 1, with Roger Goodell. Uncomfortable conversations with a Black man
And part 2.
Rebecca Ruiz explains why everyone should understand racial trauma right now. Mashable
N’dea Yancey-Bragg reveals five things you didn’t know about the March on Washington and MLK’s “I have a dream” speech. USA Today
Amy McKeever says that voter suppression has haunted America since its founding. National Geographic
Related: Matthew Wills reviews the suppression of Native American voters. JSTOR Daily
Jasmine Baker moved into her dorm at UNC Chapel Hill at the beginning of August. Two weeks later she, and just about everyone she knew, had covid-19. Slate
Matthew M.F. Miller explains how the pandemic has immeasurably altered our relationship with tech. Shondaland
Mary Mammoliti explains what it’s like to be blind in a socially distanced world. Refinery 29
Naomi Scherbel-Ball: Africa declared free of wild poliovirus. BBC
Katherine Ellison wonders who’s caring for the carers. Knowable
Zaria Gorvett explains why modern medicine ignores transgendered people. BBC
Abigail Bassett helps you determine whether someone is actually “toxic.” Shondaland
Is success hard work or luck? This actually plays into our perception (or lack thereof) of our privilege. Veritasium
Martha Mendoza and Frank Baker: massive northern California wildfires rage on. AP
Nell Greenfield Boyce: water, water, everywhere—and now scientists know where it came from. NPR
Joshua Sokol profiles the worst animal in the world: the mosquito. The Atlantic
Lesley Evans Ogden reports on the sea otter rescue plan that worked too well. BBC
Eva Botkin-Kowacki: herd community means there’s more to cows than we thought. Christian Science Monitor
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you were able to take away something to inspire your next creative project.
This weekend, I should be posting my August next chapter update. Until then, be well and stay safe.