Tag Archives: Civil rights

‘Black Panther’ a valentine to Afrofuturism

(WARNING: Spoilers included. Also, I’m unfamiliar with the comic). Although it hews closely to the expectations of the average Marvel property—secret identities, tortured villains, the scrappy sidekick, a final confrontation between the purported hero and the purported villain—Black Panther is … Continue reading

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Florida’s ‘nonsensical’ disenfranchisement of felons dealt a blow

A throwback to post-Reconstruction ideas about what to do with menacing black felons completing their sentences and voting against the racist system and to shopworn twaddle about recidivism, Florida remains one of three states where felons have to beg to … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King and white men in power

At one of the memorial services in Central Park after the murder, a radical speaker shouted, “You have killed the last good nigger!” This posturing exclamation was not meant to dishonor King, but to speak of his kind as something … Continue reading

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They disorganized my people, made us all loners: The most powerful civil rights protest anthems

A decade ago, home by midnight and out of my head, I heard on the local NPR affiliate what quite obviously sounded like John Coltrane’s sax. The exquisiteness with which he purports to expire at the end of a crucial … Continue reading

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Transmuting our sins into ‘gauzy kitsch’

Cheers to Aisha Harris for reporting on Dixie Stampede, a theme park run by Dolly Parton in Branson, Missouri, described by Harris as “a Medieval Times–style dine-in attraction where seven nights a week and at occasional weekend matinees, the South … Continue reading

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The modern roots of Charlottesville

On Sunday, Aug. 3, 1980, the Republican candidate for president made the following remarks at the Neshoba County Fair: Today, and I know from our own experience in California when we reformed welfare, I know that one of the great … Continue reading

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Freaks and androgyny

In “The Misunderstood Ghost of James Baldwin,” Ismail Muhammad analyzes how writers have taken the James Baldwin most commensurate with their own obsessions. His hook is a review of Raoul Peck’s 2016 I Am Not Your Negro: But rather than … Continue reading

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To move as largely and freely as possible: I Am Not Your Negro

To suggest that white America is finally reckoning with James Baldwin is not to succumb to a liberal notion of “progress” so much as accepting a terrible knowledge: racial tensions are at their peak. Wounds thought salved bled afresh after … Continue reading

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‘Anything fishy should be highlighted’

Karen Richards, the most gullible member of All About Eve‘s central quartet (but not dumbest – Hugh Marlowe’s Lloyd Richards has the density of an anvil), once remarked on the title character’s “breaking the record for running, jumping, and standing gall.” … Continue reading

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‘A person does not lightly elect to oppose a society’ — Baton Rouge and St. Paul

By the time James Baldwin published No Name in the Street in 1972 the American left was heaving from the fissures created by a movement that had so rattled the political elites that not only had a fealty to exposing … Continue reading

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That old devil reverse racism

It pains me to have to keep posting the following explanation. About ten days ago I sent the Furies after an acquaintance who took to, where else, social media to decry Pride Weekend; the celebration in his eyes amounted to … Continue reading

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What voter ID laws have wrought

This story is about Eddie Lee Holloway, Jr. He lives in the United States of America. The following happened after Wisconsin enacted a new voter ID law five years ago: He brought his expired Illinois photo ID, birth certificate, and … Continue reading

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