With the release of Stuart Buck's book Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation, there's been some interesting discussion over whether there is actually racialized antipathy toward educational achievement among young African Americans -- the basic premise of Buck's book. At The New Republic, John McWhorteragrees, and at Slate, Richard Thompson Ford seems to agree, too.
The Associated Press' Liz Sidoti reports that Sen. Russ Feingold has found himself in an unexpectedly tough race for re-election:
The Wisconsin Democrat faces a wealthy political newcomer with early backing from tea party activists in a state that has many independent voters and is known for doing its own thing. ... The Republican seemingly came out of nowhere when he won the state GOP convention -- and the party endorsement -- just days after getting in the race. He all but cleared the primary field. Only businessman Dave Westlake, a long shot in the September primary, remains.
The week is over and it's time for me to head back to my corner of the interwebs, so some thanks are in order. First, thanks to everyone for reading my posts! This has been a fantastic week, and I'm really glad that I've had the chance to share my opinions with you. I really appreciate The Prospect for offering me the opportunity. And second, I want to send a special thanks to Phoebe and Alexandra for their skillful editing, helpful suggestions, and general awesomeness!