Posts Tagged: racial identity

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A Ringing in Your Ears That Would Disappear by Morning


Soon, you would discover the local isle of misfits. Every town has at least one if you do some digging. Yours was The Boathouse. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Desiree Cooper


Desiree Cooper discusses her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, what mother-writers need, and why motherhood is the only story she’s ever told. ...more

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: A Roundtable on Writing, Editing, and Race


With Lisa Factora-Borchers, Patrice Gopo, Jennifer Niesslein, Tamiko Nimura, and Deesha Philyaw. ...more

The Double Agency of Will Smith in Sci-Fi


Smith’s characters act as witnesses for the rehabilitated offender, the white-supremacist nation-state. ...more

Complicating The New Jim Crow


At the New Yorker, Kelefa Sanneh discusses a new provocative book about current racial tensions in the USThe book, Black Silent Majority by Michael Javen Fortner, aims to complicate the idea that black people are disproportionately affected by police violence and incarceration (notably addressed by Michelle Alexander in The New Jim Crow) by talking about the ways black people themselves called for harsher prison sentences and a crackdown on crime in the 60s and 70s:

At a moment of growing concern about how our criminal-justice system harms African-Americans, Fortner seeks to show that African-American leaders, urged on by members of the community, helped create that system in the first place.