Marie Kennedy
Searching for a better way to make the world a better place
Created 14 Feb 2021
  • An update and a preview
    07 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 10 10
    A few events conspired this week to get me reflecting on what exactly the point of this endeavor is. I’m still not interested in money, nor in increasing the number of subscribers or scoring a bunch o...
  • Open Thread: "Coddling" on Campus
    25 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 6
    When I recently scanned through the subscriber email list, I couldn’t help but notice many *.edu email addresses. I also just finished reading The Coddling of the American Mind (good book, bad title)....
  • Demographic destiny, or dangerous delusion?
    18 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 9 4
    America, it’s time for a family meeting. We got a cool data dump last week! The U.S. Census Bureau shared a mountain of detailed demographic data resulting from last year’s census. This data is critic...
  • Writing near the edge
    25 Jul 2021 • 11 min read • 8 23
    Source I spent a little time with James Baldwin this week. I’m an engineer, not an English major; prior to last year, my only knowledge of Baldwin was from meme-ified quotes ready-made for social medi...
  • Opus DEI
    18 Jul 2021 • 16 min read • 11 3
    Opus Dei, formally known as the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei (Latin: Praelatura Sanctae Crucis et Operis Dei), is an institution of the Catholic Church which teaches that everyone is calle...
  • Open Thread: Have you ever changed your mind?
    15 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 12
    Source Hello, and welcome to all the new folks who have subscribed in the past week or two! Fair warning: unlike all these other writers on Substack who seem to know what they’re doing, I’m totally ju...
  • Checking my American privilege
    04 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 8 7
    Source One of the most contentious concepts in social justice discourse is that of white privilege. There are some who feel the concept is critical for white people to come to grips with. Others find ...
  • What do we tell the children?
    27 Jun 2021 • 16 min read • 7 17
    Image stolen from representatively panicky article on site I definitely do not endorse. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve come across a story (or ten) about critical race theory in K-12 s...
  • Walking the talk on workplace inclusion
    24 Jun 2021 • 12 min read • 12 5
    This week, I gave a brief speech at an internal event at work. I wanted to challenge people like me—people who invest a significant amount of time in diversity & inclusion efforts in the workplace—to ...
  • 20,000 lives that mattered
    12 Jun 2021 • 20 min read • 8 19
    Around this time last year, protests for racial justice were swelling in response to the death of George Floyd. When the video first hit the news, I was angered and saddened. But having heard this sto...
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