thenation.com — In a moment of overzealous policing a young officer in Cambridge, MA, managed to handcuff and detain the living embodiment of post-racial possibility. I like and respect Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Our personal connection is not why I was so devastated to see his mug shot or images of him handcuffed on his front porch. I was not even distressed because of class implications that reasoned, "If this can happen to a Harvard professor then no one is safe." My distress is squarely rooted in feeling that I watched the police handcuff American possibility.
time.com — Wall Street shapes not just the stock market but also the very nature of employment and what kinds of workers are valued. The kind of worker they imagine is a worker like themselves. A worker who is constantly retraining, a worker who is constantly networked, a worker whose skill set is very interchangeable, a worker who thinks of downsizing as a challenge and always lands on his feet — a worker who thrives on this. But in many ways that's quite removed from the daily lives of most American workers. Job insecurity isn't the same thing for the average American worker. They often experience downward mobility or don't land on their feet.