Sunday Best: Vol. 7

Addie Zierman knocks it out of the park with 3 Things We Need to Stop Saying to Youth Group Kids at How to Talk Evangelical. I didn’t even go to a church with a youth group for the majority of my teen years, but I still heard these awful truthisms regularly. Good riddance.

One of the recurrent themes in my Christian youth was the pressure to stay strong for God around peers and teachers who, I was told, would be antagonistic toward my beliefs. So many talks and sermons and rally-sessions wrapped tight around this topic, constricting my chest with the urgency of knowing how to accurately and compellingly disseminate the specifics of the Christian faith to others…even if they mocked me for it.But here’s the thing. No one ever did.

Shannon Reed parodies the fraught way the media is covering Ava Duvernay’s success making an Oscar-nominated film in If Critics Wrote About the Male Best Director Nominees the Same Way They Talk About Selma Director Ava Duvernay at McSweeney’s.

Richard Linklater pretty much made up the film Boyhood as he went along, but because he had the story very clearly laid out in his head, he was able to keep at it for twelve years despite being a white man. His persistence is inspirational to other white men who want to take forever to make a movie.

Caris Adel continues her series on Empire: The United States and Walter Bruggerman with The Grind of Endless Production. She is asking some big, essential questions about the economic system we live in and are taught to accept as best and noble and just. I don’t even know where to begin with all the information she’s compiling, but, like all difficult truths, it does demand some sort of change.

What does it say about us, about the systems we inhabit, if poverty really is this huge oppressive sin? What does it say about our spirituality if we are willfully choosing to be ignorant about the things that anger God? What if we are Pharoah and the waves are beginning to crash in on us?

Jessica Huseman reports on The Rise of Homeschooling Among Black Families at the Atlantic. The movement is due to the racial prejudice black children experience in the classroom as well as the poor education students on the autism spectrum often receive. This is a shift from my experience in very white, fundamentalist homeschooling, and but I’m glad to see more people using home education to its full potential to meet individual students’ needs. (And it reminds me of that recent Wired article on the tech community’s unschooling trend.)

“Whenever there are mentions of African American homeschoolers, it’s assumed that we homeschool for the same reasons as European-American homeschoolers, but this isn’t really the case. Because of the unique circumstances of black people in this country, there is really a new story to be told.”

Christine Montross calls for a revival of institutions — better, safer than their forebears — for not only people with severe mental illnesses, but also those with developmental disabilities in The Modern Asylum at the New York Times:

The patient with autism who has spent a year in a psychiatric hospital is analogous to the patient with schizophrenia who has spent a year in prison: Both suffer in inappropriate facilities while we pat ourselves on the back for closing the asylums in favor of community care.

My favorite tweet this week came from @NicestHippo. Who hasn’t googled absurd phrases trying to remember a word, or the title of some movie? The struggle is real, kids. #windgarbage

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