Friday Fiddly Bits
A true hodge-podge.
- Via NYT: Southern Baptists Expel Saddleback Church Over Female Pastor.
- Via the Chronicle of Higher Education: 9 Humanities Majors Are On the Chopping Block at Marymount U.
The plan, backed by Marymount’s president, Irma Becerra, would close majors in English, history, mathematics, economics, and the arts, among others. The cuts would affect one-sixth of all majors offered at Marymount. Becerra submitted her plan on Wednesday to the university’s Board of Trustees, which will make a final decision on February 24, according to emails shared with The Chronicle.
The layoffs are in keeping with an increasingly grim landscape for media companies over recent months. Vox Media cut jobs by 7%; Gannett and Spotify by 6%. The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, eliminated its Sunday magazine and a handful of other jobs. After becoming part of Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN cut hundreds of jobs and killed off its brand-new streaming service, CNN+.
- An opinion piece from WaPo: I’m a Black physician, and I’m appalled by mandated implicit bias training. I will admit that on the one hand, these kinds of training exercises can be pretty annoying, I wonder about the author’s thesis. While I would not wish to dismiss the doctor’s lived experience, I also have seen enough human behavior to know that a lot of people, especially white males, have no clue about the reality of biases all around them (including race and gender). I also reject her assertion that what is going on here is “The malignant false assumption that Black people are inherently inferior intellectually has been traded in for the malignant false assumption that White people are inherently racist.” First, I don’t think, unfortunately, that the malignant false assumption that Blacks are inferior has been sufficiently traded in. Second, I don’t think that trying to get people to think more deliberately about potential unexamined biases is an assumption that “White people are inherently racist.”
- I think that French engages in a bit of strained bothsiderism in this piece, ‘Bad Apples’ or Systemic Issues? is worth a look. It does touch on themes that come up here often, specifically the ways in which one’s personal filters influence how one sees specific news stories.