Welcome to another A2A Long Reads, a weekly roundup of the most in-depth and thought-provoking longform journalism pieces (according to me, of course).

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

On the evening of June 27, 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into the basement of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and killed nine black churchgoers in cold blood. The depravity of the hate crime sent shockwaves through the country and challenged mainstream beliefs of what today’s terrorism looks like. In my favourite long read of the week, one writer sets out to uncover what drove Roof to commit this horrifying crime and subsequently become the first person sentenced to die for a federal hate crime in American history.

The school beneath the wave: the unimaginable tragedy of Japan’s tsunami

Six years after a tsunami in Japan killed more than 18,000 people, the suffering of survivors is as present today as it was the day of the disaster. For parents of children at Okawa elementary school, where nearly every student present at the time of the tsunami was killed, the pain of their loss is profound. The fact that their deaths were the result of negligence only makes it worse.

Young, gay and vulnerable: the African outcasts living in constant danger

Many of Africa’s LGBT refugees flee to Kenya in the hopes of a better life, free of persecution and danger. But upon arriving, many discover that while the east African country is considered a “safe haven” for gay and transgender people, they’re still unable to reveal their true selves. This is an in-depth look into the struggles that many within Africa’s LGBT community face, and their fight for resettlement abroad.

About a Boy: Transgender teen navigates his new life (Part 3)

Over the past few weeks, we’ve followed The Oregonian’s chronicling of one transgender teen’s journey through self-discovery and transformation. In the final chapter of this powerful story, we follow 17-year-old Jay as he navigates his new life as a young man.

The cop who became a robber

Randy Adair was a revered LAPD detective with 21 years’ experience under his belt. A seemingly devoted husband and father, no one could have imagined that after retirement, he would become the “Snowbird Bandit” and rob five banks. What led this once-celebrated cop to turn robber?

These are the week’s best long reads According to Adrienne. If you’ve got a piece you think I’d be interested in, send it to info@accordingtoadrienne.com.

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