Freedom Found in Death

I feel a short of breath and tears begin to blur my eyes as I read about the dark period of American history where over 2,500 African Americans were unlawfully and brutally lynched. Lynching increased after the Civil War as slavery ended and continued well into the 1930s, particularly in the American South. The murdering […]

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Stereotypes even target babies!

“His Natural Inquiry”, Puck, Feb. 5, 1902. Courtesy of New York State Historical Association Caption: HIS NATURAL INQUIRY Papa.-Undt dis leetle pig vent to der market- Little Ikey.-How mooch did he make? Cartoons featured in popular periodicals of the twentieth century often depicted stereotypes of immigrants. This one goes so far as to even impose […]

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I Want to Live While I’m Yet Alive

It is my belief that the museum has the ability to present the stories of those marginalized within society. Through oral histories and material culture, the museum has an opportunity to give a voice to groups traditionally silenced. Among the most marginalized in American society, is the immigrant. Though Lady Liberty claimed she would cradle […]

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Dwelling above the Veil

That elusive DuBois quote from last week’s class–“Wed with truth, I dwell above the Veil”–is here presented in context, from “Of the Training of Black Men” in The Souls of Black Folk: I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling […]

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Phelps in Hot Water

Jason Whitlock, writer for the Kansas City Star and FOXSports.com, is the columnist whose name I could not remember during our class discussion on race and sports. Whitlock offered here an analysis of the Phelps incident and racial double-standards in the sports world (or the lack thereof in this instance), something that came up during […]

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