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Fatima and Ahmed’s Son: Albert Camus and the Liberal Dilemma

Fatima and Ahmed’s Son: Albert Camus and the Liberal Dilemma – It has always been a curiosity, then, why Camus had such a difficult time understanding the desire of the Algerians to create a meaning to their lives that required overthrowing the French colonialists. His understanding that human freedom was perhaps the greatest quality humanity […]

The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races Du Bois, W. E. Burghardt (editor) New York: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1910-11 / 1922-12

When W. E. B. Du Bois founded The Crisis in 1910, as the house magazine of the fledgling NAACP, he created what is arguably the most widely read and influential periodical about race and social injustice in U.S. history. Written for educated African-American readers, the magazine reached a truly national audience within nine years, when […]

Langston Hughes, The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain

By Langston Hughes, The Nation, 23 June 1926 In 1926, the Harlem Renaissance was in full flower; the poet Langston Hughes was one of its central figures. In this essay, Hughes urges black intellectuals and artists to break free of the artificial standards set for them by whites. One of the most promising of the […]

An open letter to Charles Ramsey from a fellow Cleveland resident | Eris Zion Venia Dyson | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Dear Mr Charles Ramsey, First and foremost thank you. Thank you for being an up-stander versus a bystander. All too often we are quick to flee from the things that could land us in imminent danger, but you in your hearts of hearts knew that the right thing to do was to come to the […]

CULTURE: TWERK: Booty-dancing, gender politics & white privilege | Neo-Griot

The drive to resist the historical colonial tradition of degrading Black women’s bodies when they dance persists in other cultures where the modern takes on booty dancing have taken root. In Jamaica, dancehall dances can provide a space where women shake their bottoms to challenge colonial constructs of decency while dealing with their bodies on […]

The Struggle to Be Heard is Real

disclaimer: this is my own personal account so i won’t respond to fuckery and if you cite without proper citation and permission, it’s your ass. this story about the young Black girl being charged as an adult for a science project gone wrong inspired this. i am someone who has been convicted of a felony. […]

A Good Reason to Leave New York – Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic

Almost 90 percent of African Americans and Latinos stopped and frisked on the street were guilty of no crime at all. Effectively Kelly is saying that innocent black people should simply carry the weight, because a small minority of people who happen to have roughly the same amount of melanin have decided not to. This […]

The Existentialist Cowboy: GOP Hero, Saint Thomas More, was a Communist

by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy Thomas More –now ‘Saint Thomas More’ –was surely the most prominent “secular humanist” in England during the reign of Henry VIII. What makes More a “humanist”, like his friend Erasmus, is his belief in the perfectibility of humankind. What makes More a “secularist” was his insistence, unto his own […]

Erikka Yancy: Confessions of a Hair Weave Addict

It was a long road to recognizing my racial identity crisis. I did not realize it in junior high when I basked in the glory of being told by my friends that they did not consider me black because I “wasn’t loud and didn’t talk like the other two or three black girls [in our […]

A Nice Cup of Tea | George Orwell Novels

Saturday Essay, Evening Standard, 12 January 1946 A Nice Cup of Tea (1946) by George OrwellIf you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several […]

Diasporan Darlings » Cry, The Unloved African Feminist

In my first year of university, as part of my legal studies I was required to select an elective non-legal subject. Walking into the Arts and Humanities department of my university I simply chose the class everyone else insisted was the “easiest”; “Gender and diversity”. Apparently it required you to have a lot of discussion […]

Knowing Shakespeare fiddled his taxes tells us nothing. And don’t say it makes him ‘human’ – Comment – Voices – The Independent

I’m trying to decide if I give a damn. About Shakespeare being a filthy-rich capitalist, a tax-evader, a grain-hoarder who waited for a famine and then sold wheat to the starving of Stratford at hugely inflated prices, a person who fiddled his expenses and didn’t separate his garbage, a user of private medicine who swore […]

DH Lawrence’s poetry ‘ruined by censorship’ | Books | The Observer

Some 860 poems are published in the new edition. They include All of Us, a sequence of 31 war poems never fully published before, which reveal Lawrence’s preoccupation with the Allies’ campaigns in the first world war. Between 1916 and 1919, Lawrence struggled to get the sequence into print. Pollnitz said publishers who knew of […]

Is Gay Marriage Anti-Black? | Kenyon Farrow | Writer. Speaker. Activist.

By Kenyon Farrow March 5, 2004 I was in Atlanta on business when I saw the Sunday, Feb. 29th 2004 edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that featured as its cover story the issue of gay marriage. Georgia is one of the states prepared to add some additional language to its state constitution that bans […]

Lorraine Hansberry – Wikipedia

Lorraine Hansberry was the youngest of four children of Carl Augustus Hansberry, a successful real-estate broker, and Nannie Louise Perry who was a school teacher. In 1938, her father bought a house in the Washington Park Subdivision of the South Side of Chicago,[3] violating a restrictive covenant and incurring the wrath of many neighbors. The […]

The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom by Candida Moss

In The Myth of Persecution, Candida Moss, a leading expert on early Christianity, reveals how the early church exaggerated, invented, and forged stories of Christian martyrs and how the dangerous legacy of a martyrdom complex is employed today to silence dissent and galvanize a new generation of culture warriors. According to cherished church tradition and […]