How would one make understandable the challenges my sister faces in holding a cup or tying her shoes with only two working fingers? How would my brother communicate the significance of being unable to speak until he was six when he remains largely non-verbal? In what ways are these and other experiences defined as disabilities, […]Read more "Stories Worth Telling: Interpreting Disability Histories"
Throughout Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, the black body is an endangered commodity. Its owners continually risk being deprived of control over their bodies by police violence and societal power dynamics, reflecting how white privilege is built on the active subjugation of black bodies. Many white Americans “accept this as the cost of […]Read more "The Jerome Project and the Faces of Mass Incarceration"
Louise Erdrich’s The Round House presents a fascinating portal into the Catch-22 of Native American sovereignty, as highlighted by the tangled legal web surrounding the novel’s central event, the rape of Geraldine. But the aspect of the novel I found the most compelling was the issue of Native sovereignty that drove this plot point: the […]Read more "The Privilege to Decide the Life They Are Given: Native American Children in the Foster Care and Adoption System"
In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin argues that in changing their situation, African Americans need to accept that “the Negro has been formed by this nation, for better or for worse.”  To Baldwin, accepting this history did not just mean acknowledging its presence but “learning how to use it.” He urged African Americans to […]Read more "“Engaging the ‘Peripheral Edge’” and “Looking Beyond the Periphery”: The Black Museum Movement in the Community and Beyond"
Whenever I read Du Bois, I found myself a little uncomfortable by the discussion of the “Talented Tenth.” Initially, it seemed to reflect something of an assumptive classism by Du Bois’ argument only his race’s social betters could effectively lead the struggle to equality. After discussing this issue in class, I believe Du Bois’ understanding […]Read more "W.E.B. Du Bois’ “Talented Tenth”"