Weekend Whats

What to Book: “Derek Black grew up at the epicenter of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek turned nineteen, he had become an elected politician with his own daily radio show – already regarded as the ‘the leading light’ of the burgeoning white nationalist movement … Then he went to college.” Some weeks I can’t wait until Friday so I can recommend a book. This was one of those weeks. Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred “tells the story of how white-supremacist ideas migrated from the far-right fringe to the White House through the intensely personal saga of one man who eventually disavowed everything he was taught to believe.” When it comes to the rise and spread of White Nationalism, this is one of the most informative stories you’ll read. But it’s not an academic read. It’s a highly personal and riveting story of young man right in the middle of a movement now at the forefront of the news. It’s also a reminder that you don’t fight division with division. You fight division with unity.

+ What to Watch: The Boys on Amazon “is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good.”

+ What to Read: “In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that followed.” A project of amazing scope and importance. NYT Magazine: The 1619 Project.

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