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Protesters turn White House fencing into a 1.7-mile monument to racial justice

For nearly two weeks, Americans have shown up by the thousands to protest racial injustice and police brutality, including in our nation's capital. As a result, an 8-foot fence has been erected around the White House, reinforced by concrete barricades, spanning approximately 1.7 miles, according to the Washington Post.

Now protesters are using the fence as a living monument racial justice, plastering it with signs supporting the protests, naming people who have been killed at the hands of the police, and calling for support for Black lives.



The signs are a mix of standards such as "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice No Peace," in addition to more creative statements like "Racism is an insult to God's creativity," and "Racism is so American that when you protest it, people think you are protesting America."

How ironic for the president, who has celebrated police brutality in his speeches, utilized police brutality to clear his path for a widely-ridiculed photo op in front of St. John's Church, and voiced vehement disapproval of peaceful protests on the issue, to now be surrounded by a wall of messages like this.

Reddit users posted some interesting commentary on the fence-turned-memorial wall:

"Turning Trump's wall of failure into a two mile long billboard for civil rights? That's absolutely brilliant."

"Who would have thought that when Trump finally built his stupid wall it would be to keep America out of the White House?"

"Between this and the mayor painting 'Black Lives Matter' down the street outside the White House, I'm loving these peaceful power moves. Way to go DC!"

"BLM should offer a service where you can pay to get your message posted. From across the country, I'd pay $10 to have my message zip-tied to that fence."

"I hope this fence is preserved. It belongs in a museum for future generations."

"Outstanding. The visuals of taking memorials down will be worse for Trump than leaving them up - which isn't good for him and probably pissing him off into ranting rage."

The fencing itself had already prompted a viral #BabyGate hashtag, as people used the fence to poke fun at President Trump's toddler-like tantrums and need for attention. Now it's created an opportunity for protesters to have their voices heard in a powerful new way.

The president has also been blasted for hiding out in a bunker during protests outside the White House, especially after he had urged the governor of Michigan to talk to the armed protesters who stormed the state capitol protesting stay-at-home orders. (In addition to the hypocrisy, one has to ask: If you have to hide in a bunker and build a wall to protect yourself from your own citizens, can you really call yourself a successful leader?)

How Trump handles this wall—both now and when the times comes for it to be removed—will be telling. In the meantime, what a beautiful symbol of citizens demanding their voices be heard.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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