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Black Girl Makes History. White Man Asks Her Why She Doesn't Do Something More 'Female Friendly.'

Mo'ne Davis and her 70 mph fastball made history and the cover of Sports Illustrated, but she still has to deal with people like this gentleman. I'm sorry, Mo'ne. High five to you for the look you gave him.


Many sites, including Media Matters and Mic, saw this clip as an example of sexism, pure and simple. Viewing it as only about gender misses a bigger problem: We have a human (on the left side of the screen) who is doing something extraordinary and another human (over in the middle) who doesn't take that person seriously, for any number of reasons. Maybe it's gender, right? He does imply that baseball isn't for girls, after all.

But she's also black, and he's white. Her experience as a girl can't be understood apart from her experience as a black girl. The fancy word for this is intersectionality — the way biases are so thoroughly intertwined you can't separate them out. Here is a helpful cartoon that explains it well.


Here's another idea: Maybe it's age. You'll note, she's a black girl and he's a white man. Plenty of people act like kids don't need to be treated like humans just because they're kids.

So, we have Mo'ne Davis facing someone who doesn't think she needs to be treated like a powerhouse because she's a young, black girl. Good on her for responding with such total poise.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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