Literary and cultural movements are often borne as a response to what is occurring in the world around us. Literature and the arts in general are constantly evolving as new movements emerge and speak to the concerns of different groups of people and time periods. Often, our political and social landscape influences art, but most specifically it influences the artist. For the artist the art … Continue reading On Race, Injustice, and Literary Movements
It’s a gray overcast morning in San Francisco. I sit at Gate 86 of SFO airport waiting to board UA Flight 358 to Las Vegas. I watch people pass by. One woman settles on a spot on the floor along the wall mumbling words that I cannot hear into her iPhone. Others jump on the electronic walkway carrying luggage, children, or both. Each headed to … Continue reading On writing: Why race matters
“They seem like a normal family”, that’s what 11 year old Elle replied when asked what she thought about the family in the now infamous interracial Cheerios commercial that depicts a White mom, a Black dad, and a biracial daughter. The video above, filmed by the Fine Brothers, was created to address the “sensitive subject of racism and its impact on individuals, families, and the … Continue reading What kids can teach us about acceptance
2010 is a census year and in March the Census Bureau will begin sending out census forms to each and every American household. Some of you may be surprised and even a little offended by question #9 on this year’s census form. Question # 9 relates to race, and asks:
“What is person 1’s race?” with one of the selections being “Black, African-Am., or Negro.