Editor’s note: each Friday I will share a few stories I’ve found interesting during the week, with the goal of challenging readers to view perspectives outside of their own. This week explores the whitewashing of historical figures, which hides the important perspectives that allow us to truly understand the context of their time in history.
What are we Looking for in Amelia Earhart (ESSAY)
The author gives us a narrative of Amelia Earhart on a personal level, exploring how our view of of her as feminist heroine does her complete story a disservice. She was far more dynamic than that.
The Sanitizing of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks (INTERVIEW)
The author interviews Jeanne Theoharis, author of the new book “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” The discussion puts in perspective the radical activism of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, how unpopular they were in their time, and how their image has been sanitized and abused by those opposed to movements like Black Lives Matter and #TakeTheKnee.
Observation: Christians vs. Kaepernick (ESSAY)
An insider analysis of the way white Evangelical Christians treat #TakeTheKnee, and an excellent, Biblically cited rebuttal as to how we should be treating the issue.