Ghosts of Slavery’s Christmas [Re-post]

DECEMBER 22, 2016 BY BRANDON BYRD James Thomas was well-acquainted with powerful white southerners, intimate even. He was born in 1827 to an enslaved woman and John Catron, a justice of the supreme courts of the United States and Tennessee. During his childhood in Nashville, Thomas worked as an assistant to John Esselman, one of the most successfulContinue reading “Ghosts of Slavery’s Christmas [Re-post]”

Learning from Vienna in the 1930s — Abagond

Liel Leibovitz last week in Tablet Magazine wrote about what he learned from his grandfather Siegfried, who fled Vienna soon after Hitler took over. Here is some of it (edited, bolded and formatted by me for length and clarity): He was spooked by the goosesteps of Hitler’s goons. He convinced two of his sisters […] viaContinue reading “Learning from Vienna in the 1930s — Abagond”

ThinkProgress will no longer describe racists as ‘alt-right’ A note from the ThinkProgress editors.

A reporter’s job is to describe the world as it is, with clarity and accuracy. Use of the term “alt-right,” by concealing overt racism, makes that job harder. With that in mind, ThinkProgress will no longer treat “alt-right” as an accurate descriptor of either a movement or its members. We will only use the nameContinue reading “ThinkProgress will no longer describe racists as ‘alt-right’ A note from the ThinkProgress editors.”

An Open Letter To White Liberal Feminists NOVEMBER 19, 2016 BY RHON MANIGAULT-BRYANT [Repost]

Dear White Liberal Feminists, After Donald J. Trump’s election to the highest and most powerful political office of the United States last week, many of you have approached me, and my black brothers and sisters especially, with tearful eyes and somber faces. In person, in private, in public, and in the digital sphere, you have bemoaned theContinue reading “An Open Letter To White Liberal Feminists NOVEMBER 19, 2016 BY RHON MANIGAULT-BRYANT [Repost]”

Cool Hunting

“Cool hunting” was once a disturbing phrase because it referenced the practice of folk in the marketing and branding business scoping out what black kids were doing on the basketball courts, urban city streets, and shopping malls that suggested the next big fashion trend. Now, “cool hunting” disturbs because it reifies a metaphor of culturalContinue reading “Cool Hunting”

Dr. Yashica Robinson Takes on Alabama

  Just like Donald Trump’s position as the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States highlights the dangers of American anti-intellectualism at a key point in democratic functioning, the self-righteous protesters in the photograph above underscore the perils of anti-intellectualism in everyday life. The sheer obduracy of these narrow-minded zealots, who have confusedContinue reading “Dr. Yashica Robinson Takes on Alabama”