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Welcome to Minority Report, a weekly newsletter from the LEVEL team that packs an entire week into a single email. From solidarity with the AAPI community to the week in racism, from pop-culture picks to a must-read LEVEL story, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. If you’re loving what you’re reading, tell a friend to tell a friend.

As incidents of violence against the AAPI community have flared over the past year, calls to raise awareness have shifted into demands for solidarity in this heightened moment. With the recent racist attack carried out by a White man in…

A White man’s bad day is never victimless. A White man’s bad day is terror.

Captain Jay Baker, of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, speaks at a press conference on March 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Captain Jay Baker, of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, speaks at a press conference on March 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Last Wednesday, Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s department in Cherokee County, Georgia, stood in front of reporters to explain why Robert Aaron Long had killed eight people — six of them Asian women. “He was pretty much fed up,” Baker said, “and kind of at [the] end of his rope, and yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did.”

Really. Bad. Day.

Given the fact that Baker himself once released racist anti-Asian merch, his implicit sympathizing with a mass murderer wasn’t even off-brand. Still, you don’t have to be that blatant of…

You might think it’s helping — it’s not

Black and white photo of young boy with hand on head.
Black and white photo of young boy with hand on head.

You’re not supposed to talk about how frustrating it is to watch children screw things up.

You’re supposed to be patient when it takes them 17 minutes to tie their shoelaces. You’re supposed to applaud their migraine-inducing attempts to play the violin. You’re supposed to give your undivided attention as they tell stories that somehow lack a beginning, a middle, and an end.

But worst of all is when a child wants to “help” you with something. You know that accepting their help will quadruple the time, energy, and resources required to get anything done. You realise that it’d be…

My mother warned me that posting is always a bad idea

“Coming of age in the golden age of MySpace and Facebook meant that my mother and every single Baby Boomer adult around me urgently insisted that posting anything personal online was a Bad Idea™. Holding a drink at a party? Bad idea. Posing in a bikini on the beach? Bad idea. A status where I wrote “fuck”? BAD IDEA. The reasoning was simple: The internet is forever, which would allow employers to one day find my digital footprint and deem me an unprofessional, unhireable mess.

You can then imagine my surprise when pro-Trump insurrectionists did some pretty bad crimes at…

You Are Here

The hypocrisy is the point

A postcard someone sent me once about power.

A favorite pastime of liberal Twitter is to point out hypocrisies and double standards on the right. “You’re mad when Twitter restricts free speech,” someone might tweet to several thousand likes, “but you celebrate when a baker is allowed to deny service to gay couples.” “You claim to hate government handouts, but you began your business with a government loan.” Or my personal favorite, “If those people were Black, police wouldn’t have allowed them to…”

Yeah. No shit.

I’ve engaged in this too. Who doesn’t love being right, calling someone on their bullshit? But the farther along we get on…

The boogeyman was really nothing more than their own shadow

Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

We were supposed to celebrate Stacey Abrams saving the country. We should have enjoyed at least a day’s worth of (tempered) joy at the prospect of the country beginning to right itself.

That didn’t happen.

What we got instead was an act of domestic terrorism. Worse still, we watched as those terrorists received coddling under the cloak of White privilege.

In my lifetime, I don’t think I have witnessed this kind of White panic. We have all watched as White supremacy and fragility converged on themselves and created a wave of paranoia. …

This is how injustice rots everyone to the core

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump as they storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

I know I shouldn’t feel this way. I fight it with everything I have. I’ve worked to feel something other than what my most base instincts are pulling at me to feel. My brain tells me to keep these thoughts somewhere in my gut, away from my mouth and the keyboard at my fingertips. But I can’t help it. The voice is still there: Why aren’t police shooting these people?

January 6, 2021, is one of those moments in American history we’ll always remember. One that redefined the country and tore through a bottomless well of facades built on preserving…

Despite Biden and Harris’ win, the sheer numbers supporting Trump reinforces some ugly truths about this nation

After four years of fuckery, the presidential election shouldn’t have been this close. Donald Trump has flailed and failed his way through his tenure as president, from spearheading inhumane immigration practices to royally botching a pandemic to covering up all types of sketchy shit (from his tax payments to alleged collusion with Russia). Yet while he was trumped by Joe Biden’s popular vote numbers (a record-setting 74 million-plus), Trump managed to surpass Barack Obama’s previous record of more than 69 million popular votes. That’s right, 70 million people voted for this dude nationwide.

As much as it’s shocking, it really…

We rode the school bus with Devin Brosnan. The news made all too much sense.

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

One of the many sickening things about videos of Black people dying at the hands of police officers is that we all more or less know exactly how they will end. There is an eerie familiarity with every single one. Yet we still played that video of Rayshard Brooks. On cue, the insidious feeling we’ve become so accustomed to crept in. Even before the confrontation, even before the gunfire, we knew his fate.

As details emerged, so too did another horrifying feeling. We learned that we knew one of the officers involved in Brooks’ murder, Devin Brosnan. Devin came from…

It’s not my job to make White people feel less guilty about racism

Photo: Samad Malik Photography

Last week I wrote about my experience running while Black, in response to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a Georgia man murdered by two White men while out on a run. My story detailed what amounted to a drive-by stop and frisk: NYPD officers suspecting that I might be bothering White women on a group run in the park when in reality, I was coaching my runners’ group.

My account is just one of many. Harassment from law enforcement and overzealous White people continues. …

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