This Week in Family
This Wednesday marked 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and The Atlantic published a special report with reflections on the man and his legacy. As part of that project, the Family section was thrilled to feature an essay by Mychal Denzel Smith arguing that Americans today often use the civil-rights leader’s memory to criticize black youth, creating an idealized image of King as the respectable black man they wish young boys would emulate. This image of King, Smith writes, “can stifle a vision of what is moral and ethical in a world that is moving beyond the social norms that were in place during King’s life.”
- A recent Washington Post opinion piece, in which a woman vowed to stop dating Jewish men after two relationships ended badly, received widespread criticism. Annika Neklason, who manages The Atlantic’s archives, points out that an anonymous contributor broached a similar subject in our magazine in 1939, that time against the tense social backdrop of World War II.
- Researchers have zeroed in on dishwashing as the household chore most likely to cause problems in a relationship. Caroline Kitchener, an associate editor at The Atlantic, unpacks the findings.