Post-Election Round-Up of Online Reading


David Remnick’s powerful New Yorker piece, An American Tragedy, considers the full implications of a Trump presidency: “this is surely the way fascism can begin.”

John Pavlovitz explains why so many of us are grieving: “It isn’t a political defeat we’re lamenting, it’s a defeat for Humanity.”

Jess Lifshitz movingly explores what is at stake for those who have specifically been targeted by Trump’s hate campaign in What It Feels Like to Be Gay Today.

Lena Dunham captures all of the agony of this election but ultimately makes something hopeful out of it: “In this new reality, we have all been radicalized.”

Clara Jeffery, writing for Mother Jones, underscores that point: “There is no time, no room, no space to do anything but push back.”

The Huffington Post will get you started with that push back: their ideas for what to do now include volunteering, practicing self-care, and donating to different organizations.

Jezebel has compiled an even longer list of anti-bigotry organizations that need volunteers and financial support.

John Green’s Post-Election Thoughts video tries to make sense of what happened. This is one I plan to share with my students.

Omid Safi wonders how to have hope and find words to inspire in Seven Thoughts on Waking Up in Our America.

One bright spot in my week was learning that Ilhan Omar, a refugee from Somalia, was elected as a state representative in Minnesota.

Kylene Beers reminds us of the power we have an English teachers: we can turn to books to help ourselves and our students.

Travis Crowder vows to share more diverse books in his classroom to help his students understand others and choose love.





One response to “Post-Election Round-Up of Online Reading”

  1. Akilah Avatar

    Those last two links are really resonating with me. A student said, again, that she hates to read, and I feel like it’s my mission to force these jokers to love reading. THEY MUST SUCCUMB. Ahem.

    On a serious note, I am serious about that because it’s really all about building empathy and compassion and all the things we know books do for people.

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