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Walls Of Needless Estrangement

Does racism exist?  Did racism ever exist?  These may seem like absurd questions considering how the word ‘race’ is used today, but when we explore the meaning of the word ‘race’ it becomes clear that this word has been grossly misused.  To apply it the way it has been applied for hundreds of years is to […]

Masson’s Beasts And The Seeds Of Oppression

While many scientists have explore the ways in which humanity has exploited Nature and how the damage done to Nature could put humanity’s survival in peril, few have considered how this exploitation has shaped the way humanity’s social hierarchies. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s monograph Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us about the Origins of Good and […]

“The Negro Speaks of Rivers”: Langston Hughes and Ecocolonial Poetry

  In his monograph Black Sin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon notes the many ways in which the descendants of Africa have been linked with the natural realm, often in a disparaging manner. He writes that they have been referred to as beasts, or have been identified as “the missing link between the ape and man” […]

Blood Meridian: The Epilogue

  Blood Meridian (or the Evening Redness in the West) is widely regarded as Cormac McCarthy’s finest work.  Though he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Road, and The National Book Award for All the Pretty Horses, it is Blood Meridian that critic Harold Bloom boasts is “worthy of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick”.  The novel is a rich […]

Rachel Dolezal and the Fluidity of ‘Race’

  Several years ago when Chastity Bono transitioned into Chaz Bono, he received a significant amount of public support, with the media recognizing his ascent into manhood.  Recently, when former Olympian Bruce Jenner transitioned into Caitlyn Jenner, a similar phenomenon occurred, with a host of media outlets embracing her transition.  Recently, however, another kind of […]

Maya Angelou’s Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now: Giving Your Experience Meaning

  Maya Angelou wrote dozens of books: autobiographies, plays, poetry collections, and just about any other genre that one might imagine.  Among these are three books labelled as ‘personal essays’, and one of those is Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.  Though not among her most celebrated works, the collection is a pleasure to […]

Fav Five Blaxploitation Films

  During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Hollywood studies saw a rise in films produced independently on minimal budgets.  Though such films would seldom reach ‘blockbuster’ status, many of the films did manage to turn a significant profit with minimal investment, often by highlighting certain elements present in the film during promotional campaigns.  George […]

Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral: The First Womanist?

  Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral has been the source of much contention.  In an eloquent and well-argued speech/essay, Henry Louis Gates observes that some, like Thomas Jefferson (not that his opinions on ‘race’ count for shit), argued that Wheatley’s poetry was the “product of religion, of mindless repetition and imitation, without being the product […]

Inherent Vice: A Quirky Deconstruction of Intersectionality

  The beautiful thing about Paul Thomas Anderson‘s films is that you never know what to expect.  Anderson’s voice is so varied and has such depth, that it seems as if there exists no story that he isn’t perfectly suited to tell, whether it be staunch and stern dramas like There Will Be Blood and The […]

Will Eisner’s Dropsie Avenue: The Falls Of Categories

  In 1978, after close to fifty year in the comic business, dating as far back as its inception with the comic strip titled The Spirit, Will Eisner published A Contract With God, which might fairly be called the first graphic novel, a term he coined.  It was the first in a series of three […]