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Do or D.E.I.

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Hostility against D.E.I. has also been normalized by uber-wealthy keyboard bullies like Bill Ackman. Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images
Baratunde Thurston
February 12, 2024

When I was in grade school, I had a daily after-school routine before my mother got home from work. I would watch the front window for her arrival, and when I spotted her, quickly turn off the TV, dash over to the kitchen table, and pretend that I had been studying the entire time. I thought it was an ingenious scheme, but it rarely fooled my mother. She was old-school. She hovered her hand over the television, and from its heat, knew that I had been watching.