The Summer of Coupon Carl, Permit Patty, and the Videos That Turn White Privilege into Mockable Memes, The New Yorker, 7/21/2018
Recapping a summer of absurd, yet “quotidian social aggressions” and the place of these mockable police encounters alongside the tragic encounters of Rodney King, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Saheed Vassell, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, and images like that of James Brock pouring acid in response to a black “swim-in” in 1964. The article concludes pessimistic that such humiliation will teach a lesson about humanity.
A Visit to Montgomery's Legacy Museum, The New Yorker, 7/17/2018
A historian and a novelist, Allyson Hobbs and Nell Freudenberger, reflect on their experience travelling to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Enlightenment's Dark Side: How the Enlightenment Created Modern Race Thinking and Why We Should Confront It, Slate, 6/5/2018
A compelling discussion of the recent renaissance of Enlightenment thinking by centrist and conservative writers. The article argues that such writers underestimate the importance of the Enlightenment in creating “an enduring racial taxonomy” to justify the paradox of Enlightenment thinkers discussing personal liberty concurrently with the spread of colonialism, genocide, and slavery. And that we must confront this paradox to truly take Enlightenment ideas of liberty seriously.
Overlooked No More: How One Woman Shook Up the Abolitionist Movement, The New York Times, 6/6/2018
Part of the New York Times’ “Overlooked” series, seeking to remedy years of a white, male-dominated obituary section. An homage to Mary Ann Shadd Cary, a fearless, fierce, and progressive abolitionist generations before her time. In her pursuit of civil rights, she became one of the first North American, black female lawyers and the first black woman to edit and publish a newspaper.
The Policies of White Resentment, N.Y. Times, 8/5/2017
Discrimination Against Latinos in United States Has Risen, Study Says, Reuters, 12/6/2016