Today is Earth Day, so there's a couple links in here about climate change. Here we go!
• The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on an affirmative action program at the state's universities. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a scathing dissent: “The Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat. But neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities.”
• The Obama Administration says it will work to reform the nation's prison system by granting clemency to "as many as thousands" of people serving time for drug offenses. That's big news! [Shakesville]
• Naomi Klein argues that environmental problems aren't just external—addressing climate change requires a whole new way of thinking. [The Nation]
• Brown and out of town: Kendra James wrote this short essay about traveling around the world as a person of color. [Racialicious]
• A growing number of Americans see drug addiction as a health problem, not a crime. [Pacific Standard]
• Did Game of Thrones' writers not realize the outcry that would occur over its recent rape scene? [The Atlantic]
• Street artist Swoon makes art—like giant floating rafts of junk—that explores what could happen when people's homes are submerged under rising seas. [Grist]
Photo of Swoon's Rockaway Armada by Towboat Garage, via Creative Commons.
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