“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

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[By: Frederick Douglass] This speech was given at Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852 Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too Ñ great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one […]

Open Letter to Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer

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https://www.kuendowment.org/Your-Gift/George-Floyd-Memorial-Scholarship-Fund Dear Doug and Barb, The above announcement was recently brought to our attention. Because the solicitation of funds for this purpose misrepresents our current reality, we feel compelled to respond.  We have joined many of our colleagues at KU and the whole of Lawrence in promoting an inclusive and socially just community at KU for the last 20 years.  Together, we have engaged in […]

“Pandemic, Interracial Strife, and the Saving Grace of the Humanities”

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[By John Edgar Tidwell] Reposted from Humanities Kansas’s newsletter When Langston Hughes poetically posed the question “What happens to a dream deferred?” he unwittingly but profoundly anticipated the world we now inhabit. Our world has all the feel of a roller coaster or some other carnival ride where up seems down and down seems up. After January 20th, the nation was beset with preventative rules: wash our […]

Toni Morrison & Black Feminism

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[By Jade Harrison] Late-twentieth century black feminist critiques written about Toni Morrison’s fiction framed her as an invaluable figure within the black feminist tradition, On March 3rd, 2020, in response to a New York Magazine article, “The Best Books for Budding Black Feminists, According to Experts,”, Dr. Sami Schalk tweeted, “To be on a Black feminist reading list alongside baddies like [Roxanne Gay], [Brittany Cooper], […]

Poet Jericho Brown Wins 2020 Pulitzer

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Jericho Brown is the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press). The Tradition By Jericho Brown Beauty abounds in Jericho Brown’s daring new poetry collection, despite and inside of the evil that pollutes the everyday. A National Book Award finalist, The Tradition questions why and how we’ve become accustomed to terror: in the bedroom, the classroom, the workplace, and the […]

Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

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    On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man was jogging in Satilla Shores neighborhood when two white men, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael spotted him and decided to pursue him in their pickup truck.  The duo then shot Arbery believing that he was attempting to rob a house that was under construction.  It took the Glynn County Police Department […]

Zero-Tolerance Policies and Its Contributions to Systematic Racism

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[By: Ellee Rogers] In a  rapidly changing education system, it can often be difficult to pinpoint if society is progressing or deteriorating. Behind institutionalized racism lies long-term consequences that studies show adolescents may carry with them for the rest of their lives. One of the most prevailing of these includes the school-to-prison-pipeline, which is the process in which children are pushed out of schools and […]