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Listening to America ... This article by Axios' Erica Pandey draws on your responses to my request for feedback on media coverage of race, and she interviewed several of you. Keep your thoughts coming: Just reply to this email, or hit me at email@example.com.
The term "white privilege," common in conversations about race, unsettles some white Americans who think it questions the legitimacy of their success.
The big picture: The dynamic of "white privilege" was popularized by Wellesley College professor Peggy McIntosh in a 1988 paper, but interest in the term has recently exploded.
But to white Americans who have been struggling with other disadvantages, or who worked hard for the success that they've achieved, the term can sound unfair.
Between the lines: There's no doubt that rural, lower-income, majority-white parts of the country are suffering — opioids, unemployment, infant mortality.
The bottom line: In a 2017 study by Pew Research Center, 46% of white people said they benefited from race — but 92% of black Americans said whites benefit.
What's new: "The unemployment rate for Americans between ages 16 and 24 ticked down to 9.1% in July from 9.2% a year earlier, the lowest ... since July 1966," the Wall Street Journal's Sarah Chaney writes (subscription):
A cleverly clarifying way to see through the fog of the Dems' 2020 campaign ... By analyzing 5.8 million donations, the N.Y. Times isolated turning-point days when the five leaders of the money race emerged:
Police deployed on the downtown waterfront in Portland, Oregon, as hundreds of Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators swarmed for an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally, and were confronted by anti-fascist counter-demonstrators.
"Yet the powder keg that elected leaders and law enforcement feared could engulf the city largely fizzled," per The Oregonian.
The world's biggest banking centers are New York, London and Hong Kong. So with protests now in their 11th week, business is increasingly worried about the prolonged disruption and the rising threat of a violent Beijing crackdown.
P.S. 2020 Dems tell Axios that they stand with the Hong Kong protesters, but few gave plans for responding to a violent potential crackdown by China, Alayna Treene reports.
Men are borrowing dogs as bait on dating-app profiles, making it awkward fast when a match suggests a dog-walking date, the WashPost's Terry Nguyen writes:
➡️ "Stop borrowing dogs," Erika Ettin, an online dating coach told the Post.
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