How Obama Failed Black Lives Matter and The Essence of White Privilege — The Weekly reFRESH

July 23, 2016

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Edited by Mara Meyers

This week we’re sharing tips on how to treat your body with love, why Melania Trump’s speech is the essence of white privilege, and how Obama failed Black Lives Matter.

What we’ve been checking out…

Of course nothing so epically bad as Melania Trump’s speech can go unnoticed by the Internet. Here are the best Melania memes that the Internet blessed us with this week.

The long history of white delusion has produced a white America that “is astonishingly oblivious to pervasive inequity.”

Yes to rad allyship: No White Nonsense is here to handle racist trolls so POC don’t have to.

A festival hosted by Harry Belafonte with guest speakers like Michelle Alexander and Jesse Williams? You had us at Harry Belafonte.

And just because we could all use a little bit of joy in the midst of so much madness, we give you Michelle Obama and Missy Elliott singing ‘Get Your Freak On’ in Carpool Karaoke.

ReFRESHing Talk of the Week: Yara Shahidi joins the likes of Amandla Stenberg, Willow Smith and other young woke folks with her powerful closing speech at the Points of Light conference.

The latest from our speakers…

Brittney Cooper explains how Melania Trump’s speech is about so much more than just plagiarism: it’s about the essence of white privilege.

Mychal Denzel Smith thinks that by mythologizing police heroism, Obama is failing Black Lives Matter.

Speaker Spotlight: Natalie Foster stands at the crossroads of social movements and technology. She’s a pioneer in the sharing economy and a pro at maximizing collective power for a better and more equitable future.

“In a culture that encourages us to “suck it up” and repress our hurt” Jamia Wilson teaches us to listen to our bodies and be gentle with ourselves.

Catherine Bracy and others weigh in on the reason tech companies can no longer rely on the ‘leaky pipeline’ excuse for diversity failures.

Nbd, Mychal Denzel Smith’s book, Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching, is on the freakin’ New York Times Book Review editor’s choice list.

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