The Music Holds a Message

This entire week, throughout the Class, Race, and Gender readings and our class discussion, I have had a song stuck in my head: “The Hanging Tree” melody from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I first heard this song when I went to see the film and the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, sings a verse or […]

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The Legacy of Lynching

This week in class, race, and gender we discussed the history of lynching in America. We discussed at length the systematic oppressive violence of the Jim Crow south against African Americans as well as other cases against different races throughout the country in the 19th and 20th centuries. Then we addressed a truly uncomfortable question: […]

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Strange Resistance

Southern trees bear a strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees – “Strange Fruit” [1] The first time I heard “Strange Fruit”, a song popularized by legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday, I was transfixed.  Lulled by the […]

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Vigilante Injustice

Without a doubt, lynching in the United States is one of the dirtiest stains, if not the single dirtiest, in our nation’s history. Perhaps it even outdoes years of disenfranchisement, internment camps, and the institution of slavery itself. The culture of lynch mobs that was prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was […]

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Creating Identity in America: A Look at the Smithsonian’s Beyond Bollywood Exhibition

Originally posted on cnluthy:
The immigrant story is a timeless and consistent theme in United States history. As new groups make America home for reasons of opportunity, sanctuary, freedom, etc., enlivened debates as to who is really “American” rise: Is America a melting pot or a salad bowl? Can one be an individual, traditional, and…

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Haitian Cultural Stories and Immigration Experience in America

In 2009 the Brooklyn Children’s Museum did a program on Haiti cultural exchange titled:  Krik? Krak! Storytelling & Songs at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The program was the first in a series of cultural programs focusing on oral history traditions.[1] Caroline’s Wedding a chapter in Krik? Krak!, explores the themes of cultural betweeness and assimilation […]

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