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    Quickies: Can you process an insurrection and still make time for science?

    Welcome to another rushed Friday Quickies! Two virtual conferences at the same time seemed like such a great idea to past-Nicole… present-Nicole is TIRED. I’m still processing last week’s insurrection at the Capitol even as I fear future attacks. One way to do so is to learn about insurrections that we’ve had before in the U.S. at Sam Sanders’s NPR…

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    Quickies: Black Lives Still F***ing Matter

    I’m not doing a usual Friday Quickies roundup today because I am still raging about the most recent spate of extrajudicial killings of Black people by police or just good ol’ boys here in the USA. Instead I’m going to share some ways we can all help the cause. Do something literally this minute. Sign any one of Color of…

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    Lessons From Amy Cooper and Franklin Templeton

    Last night I started seeing posts pop up in my social media feed from a bird watcher who was accosted by a white woman while watching in Central Park. It absolutely broke my heart. Take a look at Amy Cooper’s shameful behavior: The birdwatcher that posted the above video is a nature advocate, science editor, and board member of the…

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    Quickies: Race and human rights in the time of COVID-19

    My Friday Quickies have slowly become the weekend quickies because time has no meaning… Feeling helpless during this pandemic? Amnesty International lists ten ways that you can fight for human rights while distancing. (US-centric) via Buzz Parsec, Aaron Thomas explains why not everyone feels safe with a mask. You can read more on this as shared by the Hope &…

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    Quickies: A controversial moment, a vicious proposal, a ridiculous claim, and a potty mouth

    Welcome to your Friday Quickies! Brandt Jean’s Act Of Grace Toward His Brother’s Killer Sparks A Debate Over Forgiving – NPR does a pretty good job of capturing a wide array of voices, specifically black voices, commenting on this controversial moment. You all heard how the Trump administration actually considered a gorram alligator-filled moat for a border wall, right? The…

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    It’s the Skepchick Sundaylies! Building Walls, #NotAllWhiteWomen, Fundamental Truths About Trump’s America, and more!

    Sunday Funny: Some new definitions. (via Tree Lobsters) Teen Skepchick What Does a Wall Mean to You? When we build walls, are we protecting or isolating ourselves? Race and Religion Making assumptions about someone’s religion based on their race is understandable, but it can get you into trouble. Awesome Sauce Music Friday: Complex Singing on the Golden Records The Voyager…

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    A Religious Utopia Turned Nightmare

    This is a guest post by Reverend Irene Monroe. Monroe is described in O, the Oprah Magazine, as “a phenomenal woman who has succeeded against all odds.” An African-American lesbian feminist public theologian, she is a sought-after speaker and preacher. If you’re interested in the book discussed here, “White Nights, Black Paradise” by Sikivu Hutchinson, you can purchase it on  Amazon.  “Their emigration to Jonestown in…

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    Rachel Dolezal Roundup

    Over the last couple of weeks Rachel Dolezal has been taking up far too much real estate in the public mind. She has been labeled “transracial” and compared with Caitlyn Jenner, as well as used as a “gotcha” by those who oppose trans rights. As someone who is not black or trans I am not in a qualified position to…

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