John Dickerson in Slate on sending his kids to sleepaway camp After his children's summer camp experiences, Dickerson notices that his children have changed, and for the better. "This is a different girl than the one I remember. I wish I had been that way. I wish I were that way now. This was the unexpected wonder of the trip," he writes. Dickerson explains with parental love how their separation for those weeks successfully built up his daughter's independence. "We are not invited, which is a paper-cut echo of the truth at the heart of parenting: You're doing it best when you're teaching them to leave you." Tom Shoop, editor in chief of Atlantic Media's Government Executive Media Group tweets "This is fantastic." "Calling it now: Next year's ASME winner for best essay," The Atlantic editor Scott Stossel writes.
Shelby Steele in The Wall Street Journal on the decline of civil rights movement "Today's black leadership pretty much lives off the fumes of moral authority that linger from its glory days in the 1950s and '60s," Steele writes. My, how the mighty civil rights movement has fallen since then, as its focus on George Zimmerman's trial was misplaced. "The Revs. Jackson and Sharpton have been consigned to a hard fate: They can never be more than redundancies, echoes of the great men they emulate because America has changed." Forbes contributor Bill Frezza tweets that it's the "Read of the Day," while religious author and Huffington Post contributor Obery Hendricks, Jr. writes "It's difficult not to be sickened by Shelby Steele's portrayal of Zimmerman in today's WSJ as 'contrite' & 'cherubic' & Trayvon as 'menace.'"