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How to Look Away

The Atlantic

The best piece I’ve read all week on the USA’s infamous treatment of immigrant children. On photographs as «a grammar and an ethics of seeing» and how Trump’s allies are «attempting to destabilize not just the facts on the ground, but also another kind of truth: The emotions most humans will feel.»

From Weekly Filet #277, in June 2018.

Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Don’t Survive to Become Seniors

New York Magazine

«So it’s not just a matter of people naturally growing more conservative as they grow older. It’s also a matter of the wealthier — and more conservative — people surviving more often, and for longer.» – I have never thought of it from this perspective, but it makes an awful lot of sense. Would love to see a broader study that shows how (or not) this applies to other countries.

From Weekly Filet #276, in June 2018.

The bottom line

Tampa Bay Times

A dividing line between poor and not poor I haven’t really thought about before. One in three families in the US can’t afford diapers. Why are they so expensive? And what are the consequences for those who struggle to afford them?

From Weekly Filet #269, in April 2018.

Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.

The Boston Globe

Most people know the Boston Globe’s «Spotlight» team from its portrayal in the Oscar winning movie of the same name. This is «Spotlight» in action, sheding light on racism in Boston. A fantastic piece of journalism based on both good old shoe leather reporting and data analysis (and the combination of the two: To get a sense of how much black residents are part of the mainstream of the city, they visited iconic Boston places and simply counted the number of black people they saw). The one fact that stuck with me: The median net worth of non-immigrant African-American households in the Boston area is just $8. Yes, eight dollars, no typo.

From Weekly Filet #259, in December 2017.

Cat Person

The New Yorker

Arguably one of the most undersold pieces of the year. I saw it in my newsfeeds at least a dozen times before I finally clicked on it. Don’t be fooled by the bland title and give it a try. I don’t want to spoil too much, but this piece of fiction will make you feel uncomfortable, and probably for different reasons depending on your gender.

From Weekly Filet #259, in December 2017.

We are Witnesses

The Marshall Project

Convicted criminals, victims, family members, jugdes, prosecutors, police officers. They all experiece the criminal justice system from very different perspectives. In these intimate videos, they tell their stories.

From Weekly Filet #254, in November 2017.
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