Happy Wednesday! Here's what we're reading about today.
• One Black woman reflects on how a fifth-grade assignment to find out one’s country of origin revealed an ancestry of slavery—and a great-great-great grandfather who penned what is now considered to be the first narrative of a fugitive slave. “All I could do was weep.” [NPR]
• Amy Schumer had the perfect response to a teen who took a photo with her and tweeted, “Spent the night with @amyschumer. Certainly not the first guy to write that.” When Schumer shut that down pretty effectively, a number of clueless men decried that Schumer couldn’t “take a joke.” [Runway Riot]
• Sarah Palin has endorsed Trump—making her the highest-profile backing of any Republican yet. Why might we be worried? The Iowa Caucus is two weeks away—and she could help him get votes. [NY Times]
• In better news, Trump isn’t unstoppable. All it would take is for the Republican party to attack Trump and coordinate support for another candidate. For some reason, the party hasn’t been successful in doing either. [Pacific Standard]
• A fascinating, and heart-wrenching, look at growing up Black in Nazi Germany. “I survived because of a loophole in racial laws. We weren't such a significant number so as to be noticed by the Nazis.” [Vice]
• In 2014, we mourned the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the armed Muslim group Boko Haram. Since then, some have managed to escape—but not all. A powerful photo essay shows us the faces of some of the girls who have. [Refinery 29]
• Editorial curation in the literary world is important; who chooses the stories that get published greatly affects the kinds of stories that will get heard. Here's a list of women-run literary presses, compiled by the founding editor of Augury Books, Kate Angus. [VIDA]
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