Residents of Beaumont have lost hope that Exxon will ever stop spewing carcinogens—federal offices have done zilch.
Court rules Texas's congressional districts intentionally discriminate against minorities, and must be redrawn.

"This is not about the personality of an individual and his or her flaws. This is about men who organized a system of government to maintain a system of slavery and to destroy the American union."

In comparing Jefferson to Lee, Trump shows he doesn’t—or doesn’t want to—comprehend the reason for the controversy.

↩︎ The New York Times
Some congressional Democrats have asked a Yale psychiatrist to help form a panel to advise on Trump's mental health.
Trump's rhetorizing on removing Washington and Jefferson statues was probably inspired by Fox News the night before.
Duct tape gets a fashion makeover from designer Raf Simons—black tape printed with "WALK WITH ME"—for $250 a roll.
Firefighters struggle to combat a blaze inside Yosemite National Park, now estimated at 1,700 acres.
CNN doesn't plan to run Trump's new ad attacking CNN.
Admittedly, we're late to this, but hey: Marlon Sassy draws "Gangster Doodles" on Post-It notes.

The belief that America is somehow better than its white-supremacist history is sometimes an excuse masquerading as encouragement, and it’s part of the reason why the K.K.K. is back in business.

Former UVA student Jia Tolentino on the downplaying of racism that’s specific to Charlottesville.

↩︎ The New Yorker
Indie band Belle & Sebastian forget their drummer in a North Dakota Wal-Mart bathroom.
The first master distiller at Jack Daniels was a slave—a story the company has only lately embraced.
Baltimore hauls away four Confederate statues overnight to avoid a repeat of Charlottesville.

Neo-Nazis may be expressing hated views, but they are still white, and law enforcement, the courts, and the state will treat them accordingly.

In an appraisal of free-speech absolutism, a brief comparison of Ferguson and Charlottesville.

↩︎ Quartz

Unlike our current president and his cronies, "Don't be a sucker."

Now that Mr. Trump has equated people protesting racism with Nazis and white supremacists, let's return to a time like 1947, when the government encouraged citizens to fight prejudice: "Don't Be a Sucker," by the US War Department.

Via Nathan Englander, who has a good op-ed in this morning's New York Times about the anti-semitism he thought was gone.


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The Rooster Summer Reading Challenge: Week 11

We enter the home stretch of the 2017 Rooster Summer Reading Challenge with the brief, surreal Fever Dream, our final book of the season.

by The Tournament of Books Staff
For those who enjoy walking their cat: A brief history of feline travel.
Robots are concentrated in auto industry; Vegas dealers haven't been automated yet.
Web hosting service reveals fight against DOJ for 1.3 million IP addresses that visited Trump protest page.