Today we honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His impact on the world is sort of impossible to overstate. As one African-American man who grew up before the Civil Rights movement put it, “Dr. King ended the terror of living in the South.”...more
Posts Tagged: civil rights
I am well aware, for example, that voter suppression is a serious problem. If we’re going to consider degrees of magnitude, which is a masturbatory exercise at best, voter suppression is the more serious problem. Or is it?
For Salon, our essays editor Roxane Gay discusses the racism that permeates American culture in forms big and small....more
Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the massive civil rights protest at which Martin Luther King, Jr., famously delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
That speech’s stirring vision of political and social equality for blacks is now legendary, but its dexterous musicality is often overlooked....more
In America, good dinner etiquette entails avoiding certain contentious topics, particularly politics. Whether it has more to do with possible digestive disorders developing from unpleasant –isms or a predilection towards harmonious dining, I do not know....more
Today is the anniversary of Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her bus seat, resulting arrest and Montgomery boycott. The Grio discusses Park’s life and legacy, calling out her mischaracterization as “a simple woman who chose not to stand because she had tired feet,” and recognizing her for who she was: “a tireless advocate for justice.”
This Ta-Nehesi Coates Atlantic piece takes a closer look at what caused the rift between abolitionists and suffragists, despite their many shared values.
“I think one way of looking at this – among many others – is to not look at the movement post-1865, but post-1835, when abolitionist women, like Anthony and Stanton, were subject to unbridled sexism among their allies and enemies alike. In antebellum America, for a woman to speak before a promiscuous audience–that is to say an audience of mixed-gender–was to invite charges of prostitution.”...more