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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.

Published in Weekly Filet #259

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.

Published in Weekly Filet #259 In collection: Unputdownable Stories