A Moms for Liberty rally in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, last year. Photo: Dave Decker/Shutterstock This article was featured in One Great Story , New York ’s reading recommendation newsletter. Sign up here to get it nightly. Christ is King,” announced signs in Dutchess County last spring. “Anthony Ciro DiLullo, WCSD Board. Vote May 17th.” He and a slate of far-right candidates running for school board were campaigning on “parents’ rights.” Some were endorsed by a local chapter of Moms for Liberty, a Florida-based group spearheading right-wing attacks on education nationwide through roughly 200 county chapters spread among nearly every state. Members are banning books, running for school board, and training others to do the same. Mother Jones anointed them “the Most Powerful Moms in America.” And they had descended on this politically purple swath of upstate New York. The signs shocked Karen Svoboda of Fishkill, a mother of seven, including two who are gay, … [Read more...] about The Revolt of the Other Mothers
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Venus and Serena Against the World
There’s video that exists of Venus and Serena Williams playing tennis when they were kids — 8 and 7, respectively — in the late ’80s, on unshaded but otherwise decent-looking public courts in California. This is not one of the clips you’ve maybe seen, taken from various news segments, but an earlier, stranger video, made by their father and longtime coach, Richard Williams, as a kind of audition tape for the tennis-instructional guru Vic Braden, ostensibly requesting an invitation to Braden’s camp, although the real reason for it, you can’t help feel in watching, simply was to let Braden know that greatness had arrived in the world. Richard’s face in the film as he presents the girls to Braden seems, as it does so often, on the brink of laughter. This was in Compton, the low-income, gang-afflicted hub city outside Los Angeles, an area made infamous by many a rap song. Although they enjoyed about as stable an upbringing as you could have in Compton back then, its problems were no mere … [Read more...] about Venus and Serena Against the World
Obama’s Prime-Time Press Briefing
Following is a transcript of President Obama’s first press prime-press conference, as provided by Federal News Service. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everybody. Please be seated. Before I take your questions tonight, I'd like to speak briefly about the state of our economy and why I believe we need to put this recovery plan in motion as soon as possible. I took a trip to Elkhart, Indiana, today. Elkhart is a place that has lost jobs faster than anywhere else in America. In one year, the unemployment rate went from 4.7 percent to 15.3 percent. Companies that have sustained this community for years are shedding jobs at an alarming speed, and the people who've lost them have no idea what to do or who to turn to. They can't pay their bill and they've stopped spending money. And because they've stopped spending money, more businesses have been forced to lay off more workers. In fact, local TV stations have started running public service announcements that tell people where to find … [Read more...] about Obama’s Prime-Time Press Briefing
The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?
B efore he had even made his first movie, Spike Lee used to fantasize about three things: season tickets at the Garden, a brownstone in Fort Greene like the one that he was raised in and a house in the historically black Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard. In 1986, after writing, producing, directing and acting in his infectious debut, “She’s Gotta Have It,” a stylish, edgy rom-com about a libidinous young woman juggling three lovers, those Knicks seats came first. The two homes swiftly followed, and within a decade, Lee’s status and celebrity had catapulted him, practically against his will, from Da Republic of Brooklyn, as he likes to call it in emails, into a 8,200-square-foot Upper East Side townhouse that was previously home to Jasper Johns. But the getaway in Massachusetts, situated next to the 18th hole at the Farm Neck Golf Club, has never required upgrading. As I was preparing to visit him there this summer, Lee warned me that the second week of August is when … [Read more...] about The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?
When Did the ‘F*ck Your Feelings’ Crowd Get So Triggered?
Being a conservative these days sounds emotionally exhausting. At any given moment, you might find out, for instance, that your favorite light beer sent a brew to a transgendered influencer and get so mad about it you have to film yourself using that beer for target practice . Or you might discover— gasp! —that Target is selling T-shirts with little rainbows on them for Pride Month and simply have no choice but drive to the nearest Target, threaten employees with violence , write a song about it , and whine that the song is being censored . Perhaps your precious children are being exposed to a poem about unity , or a movie about a mythical creature that isn't white , so you do whatever it takes to shield them from these horrors. Maybe you heard someone say their pronouns and subsequently fainted in the middle of a PTA meeting. That’s just how it goes in the United States of Wokemerica. Another day, another space that is not safe. Lately, it seems that many of … [Read more...] about When Did the ‘F*ck Your Feelings’ Crowd Get So Triggered?