Welcome to This Week In Links. This series is a place for us to share articles that our fellows and staff are reading to deepen their understanding of the context of their work. By linking to these stories, we are not necessarily endorsing the positions, but sharing interesting material for discussion and reflection. We invite you to share, comment, and discuss these stories, and also to share your top links from the past week!

After years of cuts, school districts face teacher shortages

Panel Studying Racial Divide in Missouri Presents a Blunt Picture of Inequity

Are College Lectures Unfair?

One Way Forward for Ferguson Is Clear—And Still Impossible

Why Critics of the ‘Microaggressions’ Framework Are Skeptical

Readers Lament the Rise of ‘Victimhood Culture’

Microaggressions Matter

Where America’s Poverty Has Shifted

What We Lose When A Neighborhood School Goes Away

A School I Believe In, a Movement I Don’t

How Segregation Destroys Black Wealth

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

The Case for Hope: The four-letter word helped African Americans surpass challenges in the past, and it should still be present in the face of mass incarceration.

Saggy Pants and ‘Respectability Politics’ in Dadeville, Alabama

A black man and a white woman switch mics, and the result is amazing

Repentance and Reparations: A Comic about the Jewish High Holidays

Mass Incarceration Has Become the New Welfare

Focus on Winning Either Hearts or Minds

U. of California’s Proposed Statement on Intolerance Is Widely Found Intolerable

More Jobs Haven’t Meant Less Poverty

The Sagging-Pants-to-Prison Pipeline

The Long, Ugly History of ‘Law and Order’ Candidates

Why the Rich Are So Much Richer

The Key To Your Health Could Be In Your ZIP Code

Study: Minority teachers underrepresented in U.S. schools

Why Politicians Don’t Level the Playing Field

More Jobs Aren’t Making Americans Richer

How Detroit’s Foreclosure Auction Fails Homeowners

Race Is Always the Issue

America’s Need for a Third Reconstruction

A Critique That Misses the Point