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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Reginald Andrade: I Was Reported to Police as an ‘Agitated Black Male’ — for Simply Walking to Work

Last month, I walked across the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to get to work. It was an ordinary stroll. But to a bystander, the sight of an … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Yolanda Parker: I grew up in the segregated South. For me, Supreme Court rulings are personal.

I fear a return to a time when our rights were considered secondary, if at all. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a history of interpreting the law in a way … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tasha Williams: The Surprisingly Long History of Racial Oppression in Coffee Shops

Centuries before two Black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, capitalists met at coffee shops to profit from the transatlantic slave trade.  An illustration of Edward Lloyd’s coffee house, … Continue reading

June 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: I believe in healing

black madonna on a paper towel from the public restroom at the shadyside hospital emergency room. where i have been too many so many times. up in there. knowing my … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The New Jim Crow

“The New Jim Crow” has recreated the legal racism that existed before the Civil Rights movement As Michelle Alexander details in The New Jim Crow, her seminal 2010 study of … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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