1. This post from the Reformed African-American Network outlines both the promise and peril of taking down the Confederate Flag in South Carolina. Just to be clear, I am in favor of removing the display of that flag from the government facilities, but opposed to the cultural cleansing of all things Confederate from society. This RAAN post is particularly helpful, I think, because it outlines both the positive and the negative implications and calls for a reasoned approach to the issue.
3. Just like any big project, the Post-Dissertation slump is a real thing. Some might even argue that the Post-Comprehensive Exam slump is a real thing, too:
4. There has been a rash of fires at African American churches this past week. Several of them were likely arson. This should concern us greatly: