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This Week's 5: Teachers Who Make Poor Decisions and Politicians Who Make Poor Decisions for Them

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here.

Overt: Look at Oregon making national news for all the wrong reasons...

Institutional: When many think of white supremacists, they think of men in hoods or torch-bearing Nazis. In reality, white supremacy more often looks like a smiling school teacher using her position to indoctrinate children with her biases.

Critical Race Theory: The Root takes a look at intersectionality and specifically, the implications of when the school-to-prison-pipeline and the national gun debate collide.

History: The horrors of lynching can never be overstated. Without Ida B. Wells and other journalists like her, these stories of white supremacist terrorism may never have gotten out.

The Fragility Breaker: I'd put up a "not all conservatives" disclaimer but 1) that's a given and 2) this is the fragility breaker portion of this column, so if you need to soften the blow of reading about a study on fragility, I can't help you.

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