“The Modern Equivalent of Jim Crow”: Arresting Patterns and the Fight to End Police Brutality

“In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”[1] This powerful statement is the foundation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, in which the author explicitly details the racism, hatred, violence, and inequality thrust upon the black body in the United States. Coates targets the Dreamers, privileged white Americans, who […]

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Reflecting on Identity

Last week’s class discussion really sparked a lot in my own reflection. I come from a very conservative religious family and had only really begun to understand a lot about different identities (especially those in the LGBT community) while in undergrad. This class has really helped me expand my understanding of different identities in different […]

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Paris: Safe Haven, but Not Utopia

France has long been considered one of the most romantic and enticing places to visit and live, particularly for African Americans. There has been a long history of African Americans moving to France, and particularly Paris to escape persecution and be seen simply as a person, and not as a Black object. African American artists […]

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Questioning My Place

Doing the readings for last week’s class, which focused on the rights of the LGBT+ community, I found myself really questioning where my voice fits into the conversation. I am not a part of the LGBT+ community. I do consider myself an ally, but even as someone who is very invested in the rights of […]

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Reinterpreting Sexuality at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum

Historic house museums often center their interpretation on the historic residents of the homes. Sites like the George Eastman Museum, Alice Austin House Museum, and Mercer Williams House Museum are left with the complicated legacies of their residents’ queer lifestyles. Prior to the early 20th century, sexuality was not considered an individual identity, so while […]

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