The author of our cover story, Joshua DuBois, is hosting a Twitter chat (hashtag: #BeyondTheRift) discussing what’s next after the Zimmerman trial for US race relations. We’ll get started around 3:00pm today, and will be retweeting both hosts and readers like you who offer ideas, questions, or thoughts. Hope you can join us!
(Side note: Our friends at Upworthy seem to be hosting a similar chat at the same exact time, so basically open up your Twitter at 3pm and get real with either or both of our chats. Maybe there will be some crossover!)
This week’s cover features two photographs, side-by-side, of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin with the coverline: “The Enduring Rift.”
For the cover story, President Obama’s former spiritual advisor, Joshua Dubois, weighs in with an essay that draws both on his personal feelings on the subject and on the thoughts of others. He begins by talking about a feeling of dread and anxiety and fear—not unlike what many felt after 9/11—after the trial. African-Americans, he says, may have a renewed sense of fear, worrying especially that their children could be shot by vigilantes with no legal ramifications. Some white people, he says, might see the case on a more micro-level, and focus just on the particulars of this incident, but he encourages them to step back and see the bigger picture and imagine how the situation must feel for many black people, who remember the stories of people like Emmett Till all too well. He speaks with Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader, as well as writer and poet Maya Angelou; and also emphasizes the need for forgiveness.
It’s online now, and you can read it for free in its entirety. Use the tag ‘The Enduring Rift’ to discuss it on tumblr.
How would you answer the question on this week’s cover: How safe is America, really?
Writing in Newsweek in the aftermath of the Boston tragedy, Christopher Dickey, Eli Lake, and Daniel Klaidman say it is impossible not to ask the same questions that came on the heels of 9/11: just how safe are we in our homes, in our workplaces, on our streets, and at our celebrations? Why on earth would the United States be targeted so often by so many people with so many grievances—why do “they” hate us? And given the destructive power now available to almost any lunatic, just how safe can we be?
America Ferrera says its mañana in America.
[Photo Illustration by Darren Braun for Newsweek, in “Myth Of Decline: U.S. Is Stronger and Faster Than Anywhere Else”]
Lauren and Jesse - masterminds of next week’s College Rankings - are talking out the methodology they used to come up with America’s Rowdiest, Happiest, Most Beautiful, Least Rigorous, etc - on iPad Sunday and newsstand Monday!
Stephen King scolds the superrich (including himself—and Mitt Romney) for not giving back, and warns of a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America. Stephen King FTW! (via cheatsheet)
We’re wondering if they’re on Tumblr?
These include social networking sites Facebook and My Space - though there is a parenthetical notice that My Space only affords a “limited search” capability - and more than a dozen sites that monitor, aggregate and enable searches of Twitter messages and exchanges.
News and gossip sites on the monitoring list include popular destinations such as the Drudge Report, Huffington Post and “NY Times Lede Blog”, as well as more focused techie fare such as the Wired blogs “Threat Level” and “Danger Room.” Numerous blogs related to terrorism and security are also on the list.
Aw, Homeland Security thinks MySpace is still a thing! That’s cute.
majorleaguesports-deactivated20 asked: Do you think Congress is responsible for this countries economic problems, or President Obama?
Can we say neither?
Sure, Congress & the administration have had a rough year trying to get along, but most of that hasn’t really affected our economic policy to a degree that it would really send us over the edge.
If you’re looking for someone to blame, we would start with the ten years prior at the Fed, then look at the banks and how they so poorly dealt with a rapidly collapsing housing market, and then Europe, which today is largely responsible for many of the fears and woes that things are going straight back to 2008. If you haven’t, we’d also recommend you listen to this This American Life podcast which really does a great job of explaining “The Giant Pool of Money.” It won a Peabody!