“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 …

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 …

Martin Luther King On The Evils Of War

The Spiritual Cost of War This wasn’t just about the allocation of resources. Martin Luther King was deeply concerned about how the war in Vietnam was numbing the moral conscience of America. In an interview with NBC’s Sander Vanocur, King explained, “we are involved in a war on Asian soil, which if not checked and …

TRIPLE EVILS | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

TRIPLE EVILS The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils. To work against the Triple Evils, you must develop …

Free the Beaches: A New Book on the Fight for Racial Equality in Connecticut – AAIHS

Keisha N. Blain: Please share with us the creation story of your book — those experiences, those factors, those revelations that caused you to research this specific area and produce this unique book. Andrew W. Kahrl: As I was conducting research for my first book, which explored history of African American beaches and coastal landownership …

Indian Horse

Powerful movie review by my friend Sean! Made me cry!

ASSHOLES WATCHING MOVIES

imagesThe residential school system is not the only black mark on our country but it has to be the darkest stain. We and our government could not have done worse by our indigenous people if we tried. We should have known from the start that this imperialistic plan would go horribly wrong. After all, we chose to put the Catholic Church in charge of many of these awful residential schools (and not just the Catholic Church, but a bunch of others share the blame, including the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United Churches of Canada), because it wasn’t enough to tear children from their families and literally beat their culture out of them, it seemed appropriate for some reason to facilitate child molestation too, feeding 150,000 potential altar boys and girls to more than a few insatiable priests over the lifetime of the program. 150,000!

Not surprisingly, the end result of this…

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