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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 7/28/2021

  • Humanizing digital spaces
  • Faith & attention economy
  • Bayard Rustin’s faith
  • Report on Israeli ‘war crimes’
  • China targets Uyghur families
  • Who creates Black pop culture?

Krista Tippett on why it’s past time to ‘humanize digital spaces’
Religion News Service: The host of ‘On Being’ makes a case for embracing new forms of digitally mediated spiritual practice.

It takes faith to resist the attention economy*
Christian Century: We need to relearn a capacity to dwell in God’s presence.

How Bayard Rustin’s Quaker, AME faith shaped the civil rights era
Sojourners: Rustin, who died in 1987, is best known for helping Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. implement Gandhian tactics of nonviolence and for the key role he played organizing the 1963 March on Washington and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Human Rights Watch: Israeli war crimes apparent in Gaza war
Associated Press: Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused the Israeli military of carrying out attacks that “apparently amount to war crimes” during an 11-day war in May against the Hamas militant group.

‘They have my sister’: As Uyghurs speak out, China targets their families*
The New York Times: Activists overseas who denounce China’s repression in Xinjiang have found that relatives back home were imprisoned, or worse.

The Spark

Who actually gets to create Black pop culture?
A closer look at the economics of Black pop culture reveals that most Black creators (outside music) come from middle-to-upper middle class backgrounds, while the Black poor are written about but rarely get the chance to speak for themselves, Current Affairs says.

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