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Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 10:45 AM
Subject: History repeats itself

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Times are strange, but perhaps they always have been. As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues, and as many states begin the process of reopening, it’s hard to make sense of what our kids will think of the year 2020. Are we even out of the woods yet? Nonetheless, as a new week starts, there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic. If history tells us anything, it’s that tough times don’t last forever.
Times are strange, but perhaps they always have been. As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues, and as many states begin the process of reopening, it’s hard to make sense of what our kids will think of the year 2020. Are we even out of the woods yet? Nonetheless, as a new week starts, there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic. If history tells us anything, it’s that tough times don’t last forever.

— Jeff Ihaza, Culture Editor

"I think the ways in which history represents itself in the present are incredibly meaningful and instructive.”
— Filmmaker Matt Wolf on his documentary Recorder, about the activist Marion Stokes
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How the FBI used Etsy and LinkedIn to track down and arrest a protester
There’s been a lot written about the importance of being careful in the way you document protests and police misconduct, and where and how you post that content. Last week, the FBI tracked down and arrested a protester through LinkedIn, Etsy, and Instagram, underscoring the privacy concerns behind those worries. The protester was accused of setting fire to two police cruisers, and, if convicted, will be facing up to 80 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

Filming the police and protest movements is crucial, but as law enforcement has demonstrated, they can and will use that content to locate protesters, meaning it’s on all of us to be mindful about the things we put online and aware of how they might affect others.

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The Boogaloo movement is heavily armed and itching for another civil war
You’ve probably seen the word cropping up in headlines lately: Boogaloo. It’s not next to the word "electric," but rather referencing a nebulous, discordant, and deceptively dangerous internet ideology.

The Boogaloo movement refers to a cohort of people who generally want to see another civil war and an overthrow of the U.S. government. (Boogaloo does indeed come from the movie Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, which is a sequel, mirroring the desire for a sequel to the Civil War.)

"This is a very violent movement, even if they are wearing Hawaiian shirts and using funny memes to try to soften what they are doing,” one expert told The New York Times. Mic’s Rafi Schwartz breaks down what you should know about the group.

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Speaking of looking into the future, the singer Phoebe Bridger’s new album is sure to stand the test of time. The track “I Know the End” feels particularly relevant.
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Being Black at work right now means doing a lot of extra emotional labor
As protests surrounding the police killing of George Floyd rage on, people are having more race conversations than usual at work — conversations that might require Black people to regulate the anger and sadness they feel about these situations into something more palatable for their coworkers’ perception of appropriate workplace behavior.

This is an example of emotional labor, and it’s exhausting. Mic’s Joe Lamour breaks down what it’s like to be Black at work right now, and how allies can be supportive without being a burden.

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Do something:
Get a good night’s sleep, perhaps with the help of lavender. Experts share why the scent makes you feel so chill.
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Johns Hopkins is offering free courses in psychological first aid so you can help friends and family struggling with their mental health.
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