moving our big isms blog

slowly but surely we will move all the posts here on wordpress (if it will work successfully) to blogger   go look: http://www.thebigisms.com/ and we should be back full time blogging in 2019... Trace

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“I Wanted to Make Art that Told a Story”: Alison Saar on Her Eloquent Sculptures

Alison Saar moves freely and seamlessly from the deeply personal to more political work, dealing with the history of race in America.  She has made work that speaks of her experience of becoming a mother, creating narratives about the African deity Yemaja, a mother spirit and patron saint, especially of pregnant women. In her current …

A New Museum Chronicles Niagara Falls’ Pivotal Role in the Underground Railroad

Millions of visitors a year come to Niagara Falls. And many of them go to see the famous water crashing over the cliffs and not much else, observed Bill Bradberry, a native of the place and former city manager.  Many tourists, and even residents, don’t know the key role that the city of Niagara Falls …

Ida B Wells: the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement | The Guardian

Some 4,075 African Americans were lynched in 12 southern states between 1877 and 1950, according to the Equal Justice Initiative’s 2015 report, Lynching in America. Some were witnessed by big crowds who brought children and picnic baskets, as if at a public entertainment. While Ida B Wells was out of town, a mob destroyed her …

Zora Neale Hurston ‘Barracoon’ Excerpt

After surviving the Middle Passage, the captives were smuggled into Mobile under cover of darkness. By this time, the international slave trade had been illegal in the United States for 50 years, and the venture was rumored to have been inspired when one of the brothers, Timothy Meaher, bet he could pull it off without …

Al Gore warns worst of climate change will be felt by black and poor people | The Guardian

Speaking at a memorial to the victims of lynching, the former vice-president warned of the disproportionate impacts of global warming... Al Gore, the former US vice-president turned climate change advocate, has warned that the deepening crisis of global temperature and sea level rise – and the consequent spate of natural disasters in America – will …

The Goldman Prize missed the black heroes of Flint — just like the media did | Grist

In remaining anonymous and absent from the “hero” narrative, the black residents of Flint have not been recognized as possessing the agency of non-black figures involved in the crisis. They figured into the national narrative almost exclusively as helpless or hapless victims, whose woes needed vetting by credentialed, non-black doctors and scientists. It is a …

ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH

ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH Amy McQuire tears away the facade on the Commonwealth Games currently under way in Australia, on Queensland's Gold Coast. Australia has a long history of presenting a sunny, sporty picture of itself, complete with Indigenous icons and 'celebrating' native people. There is …

‘Cruel Adversity’ mural still a source of controversy in Durham | New Hampshire

“These were difficult and cruel times, with atrocities committed by all sides.  In 1676, Maj. Richard Waldron of Dover invited the local Wabanaki tribes to a peace conference. Hundreds answered his call — he double-crossed them.  About 200 Indians were apprehended and sent to Boston: some were killed, while others were shipped to the Caribbean …