The graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman tells the story of one family’s experience of the Holocaust portraying anthropomorphic mice as Jews, cats as Germans, and pigs as Poles. The idea for the story began when Spiegelman was asked to write and draw a three-page comic strip on racism, but he had to use animals […]Read more "Maus: The Second Generation of Holocaust Survivors"
The Holocaust is remembered as one of the most gruesome and inhumane times in history. The Nazi regime’s orchestrated mass murder of Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, people of color, and the disabled is not soon forgotten by those who lived to experience the horrors. While many have read about or have seen images of the struggles, it is […]Read more "First Person: A Glimpse Into the Unimaginable"
A few weeks ago, I went to Sky Zone with some of my classmates. When we went to play dodge ball, the attendant told me I had to take my glasses off. It was the first time I had tried to do anything significant without my glasses in the four months since I started wearing […]Read more "Disability: More Widespread Than I Thought"
Eugenics, the study of decreasing the likelihood of occurrence of what are perceived as undesirable traits among a population of humans, is most often represented in the museum field through the context of the Holocaust. A narrative less likely to be shown is that of Charles Davenport, an American scientist who is credited as being […]Read more "Museum Discusses Policy Formed Through Scientific Racism"
1 in 5 people in the United States have a disability.  This number is anything but insignificant. We live in a world surrounded by “disabled” people. I put this word in quotes because of the constant change that comes along with this words definition. Depending on the environment you live in and the culture you […]Read more "How do you view “disability”?"
Alexander Graham Bell is best known for inventing the telephone, a device that has connected mankind on a global scale since its conception. Strangely enough, this same man spent a portion of his life working to keep people apart. Bell was a firm believer in eugenics, which has been defined as the science of better […]Read more "Inventor and Oppressor: Alexander Graham Bell, Eugenics, and the Deaf Community"
The most difficult part of tragedy is, arguably, the aftermath. Coping takes different forms, music, artwork, writing, dialogues, and many others. Each is equally valid, yet nuances in these expressions can create confusion as to what life post-tragedy truly entails. Historian Kidada E. Williams calls for scholars to further investigate analyze the expressions of experiences […]Read more "Emotional Trauma in the Jim Crow South: Truth in Fiction Through Richard Wright’s ‘Uncle Tom’s Children’"
In his collection of short stories, Uncle Tom’s Children, Richard Wright demonstrates the challenges of being black in the Jim Crow South. His characters deal with everything from insults and condescension to violence and death, and yet because of their strength and their responses to these challenges, the characters do not come across as victims. […]Read more "Oppression and Agency: Opposing Themes in Uncle Tom’s Children"
As a white person, I have recently become increasingly aware of how much privilege I have. Growing up, racism was not something I thought about much. I grew up in a very homogeneous area. In elementary school, I was the “token minority” because I was Jewish, which in hindsight is absurd. I did not make […]Read more "Reflection: Increasing My Understanding of Race"