After our discussion regarding Strange Fruit in class, I spent a little time searching for songs with hidden meaning. Strange Fruit for me doesn’t have a hidden a meaning, it’s simply a choice to hear, or not hear, the message. I wanted to see what messages were out there that I might have missed before. […]Read more "Hidden So Deep, It’s Not Even There"
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 […]Read more "The Music Holds a Message"
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: […]Read more "The Legacy of Lynching"
“Some may ask, why bring up ‘the past’ and these atrocities now?…we should bring these events up so we can face our collective past in order to see how it might affect the present and future.” –The Mary Turner Project Lynching is a difficult, painful topic from U.S. history that does not often find its […]Read more "Addressing the Legacy of Lynching: The Mary Turner Project"
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”  The first time I heard “Strange Fruit”, a song popularized by legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday, I was transfixed. Lulled by the […]Read more "Strange Resistance"
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 […]Read more "Vigilante Injustice"
Lynching in American history is often thought of as a phenomenon of the past, entrenched in the Civil Rights movement of the South. Although this is partially correct, both academics and the public need to expand the way we think of this difficult subject. There are far-reaching repercussions from these events that happened throughout time […]Read more "Rethinking Lynching in American History"
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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…
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. Caroline’s Wedding a chapter in Krik? Krak!, explores the themes of cultural betweeness and assimilation […]Read more "Haitian Cultural Stories and Immigration Experience in America"
What does it mean to be an individual? How do you define your individuality under the spotlight of cultural traditions? While reading Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers, I was struck by the author’s translucent scrutiny of the oppression of women’s individuality. Yezierska calls into question the limited roles offered to women in traditional families and the […]Read more "Bread Givers and the Oppression of Individuality"