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Abby Zimet: Watering While Black

Having grown up (black) in the American South, the good Rev. Michael Jennings, 56, both was and wasn’t surprised last May 22 by the “surreal” arrival of (white) cops in his small Alabama town to confront his nefarious crime of watering a neighbor’s flowers like the good Christian he is.

September 8, 2022 · 6 Comments

Brett Wilkins: Albert Woodfox, Activist Wrongfully Imprisoned for 43 Years, Dies at 75

“Our cells were meant to be death chambers but we turned them into schools, into debate halls.”

August 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michael T. Young: Two Poems

When you’re not the target
you can ignore the gun.

June 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Pratik Pawar: It Took 35 years to Get a Malaria Vaccine. Why?

The parasite’s complex biology played a role in the delay, but experts say there was also a lack of urgency and funding.

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lisa Arrastia: Letter to My Student Teachers on a Day of Yet Another School Mass Shooting in America

While some will call for greater discipline, more resource officers, and paying for “threat assessments,” I will call for love and uplift you, the teachers in public pre-k-12 schools.

May 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Trigger Warning | Old White Guy Talks About Racism

White people don’t spend a lot of time talking about racism. Right-wingers dismiss racism as a talking point that black people use to get special treatment while left-leaning white people simply state that racism is an evil tendency among other white people, but not themselves.

May 21, 2022 · 10 Comments

Erica Etelson: In order to transcend Trumpism, we must tend to suffering — not celebrate it

Our survival as a species depends on our ability to turn away from the delusion of sweet revenge, and show compassion for those we may dislike or detest.

May 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jon Queally: Buffalo Gunman’s Racism Directly Tied to Mainstreaming of White Nationalism

White nationalism is the greatest threat to our nation’s security and we must hold everyone who spreads this hate accountable before anyone else is harmed.

May 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Melanie M. Kirby: Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment

What bees taught me about building community.

May 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

David Adès: Walkabout

What is sacred to you should be sacred to me…

May 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Anita Gonzalez: A white librettist wrote an opera about Emmett Till – and some critics are calling for its cancellation

To me, the backlash against the white librettist is ultimately a waste of time. Not only is there room for works done in collaboration with Black artists, but cross-cultural, interethnic collaborations also add to the richness and versatility of performed storytelling.

May 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman

Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes.

May 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Andrew Bacevich: What Would Martin Say?

The attention given to racism of late has had exactly that unintended effect — relieving Americans of any obligation even to acknowledge the insidious implications of materialism and militarism.  In that sense, even now, two of King’s giant triplets barely qualify for lip-service.  In the political sphere, they are either ignored or, at best, treated as afterthoughts.

April 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: If the State of the World Makes You Want to Scream, You’re Not Alone

We must face the weight of such social evils and be prepared to also face the ways in which we are complicit with them, especially when we are often indifferent.

April 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

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