Weekend Whats

What to Read: “When they said Dixie was an offensive word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to offend anybody. This is a business. We’ll just call it The Stampede.’ As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don’t be a dumbass. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose’ … The change came two years before the police killings of unarmed Black Americans like George Floyd sparked a reckoning with systemic racism in the United States — one that led country acts such as the Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum to change their names to similarly avoid glorifying dark chapters of history. Parton hasn’t attended any recent marches, but she is unequivocal in her support of protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement. ‘I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,’ she says. ‘And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!'” Billboard: Dolly Parton Steers Her Pandemic Through a Pandemic.

+ What to Book: The economic divide is the problem that underlies almost all other American problems. Kurt Andersen traces how we got into this mess (it wasn’t by accident). Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America.

+ What to Playlist: If 2020 is leaving you nostalgic for past years (any of them), here are a couple of new playlists from The What to take you back. Night Moves 70s and Totally 80s.

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