15 Points: The United States Will Not Survive If…

The United States Will Not Survive If…  it continues to believe that people must “work hard” and “earn” the right to live safely and comfortably: The nation could provide “free” healthcare and education (through college and beyond!) for much less than its current practices.  it continues to let its people die en masse because they doContinue reading “15 Points: The United States Will Not Survive If…”

“I Am Not Your Negro” (2017) and Useable Pasts

I Am Not Your Negro (2017), Raoul Peck’s documentary film inspired by the life, work, and vision of James Baldwin, is a masterpiece. I have really been looking forward to seeing this film, as I have heard so many good things about it. I watched it this evening, as it was finally fully released today. Here I shareContinue reading ““I Am Not Your Negro” (2017) and Useable Pasts”

The Problem with White Privilege.

The problem with White Privilege. Those are five words I wouldn’t have predicted writing a few years ago. But there is a serious problem with typical discussions of White Privilege, including Peggy McIntosh’s classic article on the subject, that has been on my mind for several weeks.  Ignoring intersectionality is the problem. For example, situations never involve only White PrivilegeContinue reading “The Problem with White Privilege.”

Introducing Children to the Rhetoric of Living in a Police State

Every now and then I enjoy seeing what Polk Elementary is up to – the school where I spent seven years of my young life! There were lots of great times, lots of nightmares, too.  This past weekend when I was looking at its Facebook page, I discovered they had just had the annual Fall Festival. (When IContinue reading “Introducing Children to the Rhetoric of Living in a Police State”

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” (2016) and Reel Black History

Ava DuVernay’s 13th (2016) is an excellent Netflix’s documentary. It explores the long history of the many disastrous consequences for Black people that have resulted from the loophole in the 13th Amendment and examines the desire by many White people to perpetually exploit Whiteness and White privilege.  Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment forContinue reading “Ava DuVernay’s “13th” (2016) and Reel Black History”

Donald Trump is NOT Destroying the GOP/Republican Party…

Because it already did that to itself in the immediate aftermath of Barack Obama becoming President of the United States. As a response to having a Black president the Tea Party emerged and subsequently, basically all Republicans became Tea Partiers, if not fully in name, in ideology. Remember these are the people who said PresidentContinue reading “Donald Trump is NOT Destroying the GOP/Republican Party…”

Cloaked in Whiteness: Today’s reactions to Donald Trump show how sick the United States is.

People across the Internet are finally uniting in their opposition toward Donald Trump. People are finally saying he has crossed the fine. Republican politicians, including John McCain and Condoleezza Rice and Paul Ryan are finally voicing opposition.  The United States has a long History of being ultra concerned about the purity of White women. And about its beliefContinue reading “Cloaked in Whiteness: Today’s reactions to Donald Trump show how sick the United States is.”

White Gay Men: Privilege, Oppression, and Horizontal Hostility

For my Introduction to Queer Studies class yesterday students read a variety of articles on the theme of White gay/queer men and how they are both privileged and oppressed (and these, of course, vary according to the relevant intersectionality).  Student reading included the following, a mix of blogs and theoretical, academic works:  “Straight White Male: TheContinue reading “White Gay Men: Privilege, Oppression, and Horizontal Hostility”