- Deadly Force, in Black and White (A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males). By Ryan Gabrielson, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Eric Sagara for ProPublica. Oct. 10, 2014.
- Podcast: The Racial Disparity in Fatal Police Shootings. By Minhee Cho for ProPublica. Oct. 13, 2014.
- Yes, Black America Fears the Police. Here’s Why. By Nikole Hannah-Jones for ProPublica. March 4, 2015.
- Don’t compare police shootings to black on black crime. By Stephen Carter via the Chicago Tribune. July 7, 2016.
- Campaign Zero.
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. By Peggy McIntosh via the National SEED Project. This is from 1989 and it is especially interesting to me because it grew from the experience of women who were discriminated against by men and then had to endure the “mansplaining” denial of that discrimination (as well as victim-blaming). Anyone who has had that typical female experience should have more empathy than to start “whitesplaining” to and victim-blaming people of color for the discrimination they experience.
This is a good moment to mention that several times in recent months, people who are in my industry have wrinkled their noses at me and advised me to stay away from “breaking news” on my blog. Make it all about the jewelry, they said. Here’s my belated answer to them: No.
This blog was started because of a business and it still primarily serves a business purpose, but, at the same time, that business is me and I am that business. My blog and jewelry designs are inherently personal. People have always urged me to tone myself down at work, be more of a “yes man.” But I didn’t care much about that when I worked at the Wall Street Journal or People magazine or Lehman Brothers, and I care a lot less now. I know that I’m a niche market, not Walmart, so I don’t need to appeal to everyone. If you enjoy my niche, I am thankful every day for your support. (I mean it. I think of it all the time.) If you don’t enjoy what I do, read something else. Buy another designer’s jewelry! Just don’t give me that tired “Can I give you a piece of advice?” line. My answer is … No.
UPDATED JULY 8 TO ADD: In light of last night’s tragic killing of Dallas police officers by a sniper, this 2014 quote from Jon Stewart has been recirculating on social media. I agree with it wholeheartedly.