Stuff You Should Know: Week of January 16th

After a long hiatus, we are back with “Stuff You Should Know,” a weekly roundup of our favorite things from the internet.  This week, our presidential farewell edition.
-Emeline and & Haley
My President Was Black // Ta-Nehisi Coates
  Many in Baltimore are trying to brace themselves for the upcoming inauguration and strategize for what will likely be a difficult four years. We still have a few days, however, to appreciate the hard work and grace of President Obama. In My President Was Black, Ta-Nehisi Coates masterfully lauds President Obama’s political savvy and takes a critical look at his relationship with the Black community. What emerges from the article is a portrait of a man who is complicated and wise and inspiring, but mostly eternally optimistic about the goodwill of the American people.
 The Somehow Controversial Women’s March On Washington // Jia Tolentino
 See also: Why I Do Not Support The Women’s March On Washington // Brittany Oliver
 If you can get past the snarky title, The Somehow Controversial Women’s March On Washington is actually a pretty good synopsis of the evolution and controversy surrounding the march. It takes a decidedly pro-march stance, unlike Brittany Oliver’s Why I Do Not Support The Women’s March On Washington. If you’re planning to attend, it’s good to read up on differing opinions regarding the march. If you’re not planning to attend, read up anyways.
@realDonaldTrump // Donald Trump
 Many of this week’s big stories have unfolded on President-Elect Trump’s Twitter feed. From constant cries of “FAKE NEWS” to an assault on Congressman John Lewis to comments on Buzzfeed’s unverified dossier, Trump has chosen Twitter as his official political platform. What does this mean for America? It’s not quite clear yet. What is clear is that some of Trump’s biggest political battles are being hashed out in 140 characters for the world to see. Pay attention to @realDonaldTrump, and keep a critical eye out for the evolution of the press, the truth, and social media under the Trump Administration.
Chelsea Manning
In the last days of his presidency, Obama commuted Chelsea Manning, a government whistle blower and trans woman, along with 208 other commutations. Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving classified documents to WikiLeaks, has said before that her life was at risk while being held in an all-male prison.
“Trump, L. L. Bean, and the Peculiar Politics of Maine”

The bizarre story of how Trump’s endorsement of L. L. Bean almost got the brand condemned by the liberal media.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/trump-l-l-bean-and-the-peculiar-politics-of-maine

Obama Foundation
President Obama may be out of office, but that certainly doesn’t mean that he’s out of our hearts and minds; or that he’s stopped working tirelessly for the people: he’s already announced his next project, the Obama Foundation, which will be a “center for citizenship,” with projects all over the world. The Obamas are asking us to share ideas and inspirations–check out the site to add your voice.

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