Thursday's News & Ideas - 3/25/2021

  • Understanding the Atlanta shootings
  • White supremacy myths
  • How to save a house of worship
  • China attacks foreign clothing
  • VA abolishes death penalty
  • Politics & knitting

I’m a scholar of religion. Here’s what I see in the Atlanta shootings.*
The New York Times: Did racism or theology or gender motivate the shootings in Georgia? All of the above, Mihee Kim-Kort says.

4 myths about white supremacy that allow it to continue
Forbes: There are some common myths that demonstrate the public’s lack of understanding when it comes to white supremacy and how it permeates every facet of society.

For crumbling congregations, a Bible on how to save a house of worship
The City: A cadre of clergy, congregants, land use experts and planners are fighting back against the trend in one of the places hit hardest by the pandemic with a new handbook.

China attacks foreign clothing, shoe brands over Xinjiang
Associated Press: Chinese state TV called Thursday for a boycott of H&M as Beijing lashed out at foreign clothing and footwear brands following Western sanctions on Chinese officials accused of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region.

Virginia governor signs law abolishing the death penalty, a 1st in the South
NPR: On Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill into law abolishing the death penalty in the state after the Democratic-controlled legislature passed the measure late last month.

The Spark

How politics tested Ravelry and the crafting community
The Facebook of knitting and crocheting* was a rare online haven. Then came the Pussyhat, Deplorable Knitter, and more, The New Yorker says.

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