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Meditations on Being Right

April 8, 2014
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By Lyndsey Godwin This is a sermon that was given on February 12, 2013 at the weekly chapel service held at Vanderbilt Divinity School, an inter-denominational, though historically Judeo-Christian graduate school for theological education.  The focal scripture for this service was 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. In February, I traveled with a small group of Vanderbilt...
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Posted in Activism, Beyond Critique, Family, Feminism, History, LGBTQI, Love, Patriarchy, Religion, Sexism, Sexuality, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, Women of Color, World | 4 Comments »

Using the Erotic to do Our Work

February 25, 2014
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Audre Lorde
copyright: Dagmar Schultz

  There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those...
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Posted in Activism, Audre Lorde, Black Women, Feminism, LGBTQI, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Uncategorized, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

Audre Speaks: Lordean Lessons for a White Man

February 25, 2014
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Chris Rupertus teaching Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar
copyright: Bill Avington

By Chris Rupertus The very first thing I say to my seniors on the very first day of the semester is this: “I have a secret about myself I want to share with you.” Then I peek out the classroom door to make sure no one is eavesdropping, adopt a sheepish expression, and lower...
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Posted in Academia, Audre Lorde, Education, Personal is Political., Privilege, Racism, Sexism, White Privilege | 1 Comment »

For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

February 16, 2014
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For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

In “What is this “black” in black popular culture? (Rethinking Race),” the late, great cultural theorist Stuart Hall, poignantly asks, “What sort of moment is this?” I’ve wrestled with this question for at least a decade. Though Hall’s “moment” reflects a struggle over cultural hegemony – the need to make room in critical discourses...
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Posted in Black Women, Bodies, Criminal Justice, Feminism, masculinity, Politics, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Stereotypes, Television, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color, World, Youth | 8 Comments »

Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

February 5, 2014
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Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

Sometimes there are things you just can’t forget.  Today would have been his birthday. Today, we know that our criminal justice and legal systems, our human relations, and our ways of being are both positively and negatively shaped by the various notions of race, class, gender and other forms of identification that circulate among...
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Protecting What’s White: A New Look at Stand Your Ground Laws

January 30, 2014
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Stand Your Ground

By Sabrina Strings I ran into a normally nocturnal neighbor early one morning. She was buzzing about with an uncharacteristic alacrity. “Morning,” I muttered. “Good morning,” she replied. She waited a few breaths before adding, “Did you hear the gunshots last night?” “What? No.” “Oh yeah! There were six gunshots fired last night. My Gawd....
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Posted in Ethnicity, Politics, Racism, U.S., Violence, White Privilege | 2 Comments »

Trayvon Triptych (a poem)

January 25, 2014
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Scott Jones-Trayvon Triptych

By Quincy Scott Jones   I. George Zimmerman Presses the Mute Button They say I was angry The same country that promotes drunks and pot heads to President   The same eleven o’clock news that shows sobering views of Trayvon in his hoodie   next to sketches of the same height weight race under...
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Illegible[1] Black Death: Denied Media, Mourning, and Mobilization

November 16, 2013
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Illegible[1] Black Death: Denied Media, Mourning, and Mobilization

**** Breaking News Los Angeles International Airport: Gunman opens fire at Airport, killing 1 and injuring 6 more Washington Navy Yard: Gunman opens fire, killing 12 and injuring 3 more New Jersey Mall: Man opens fire at New Jersey mall. No one injured Sparks, Nevada: “A gentle boy” opens fire at Middle School, killing...
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Posted in Activism, Black Women, Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, U.S., Violence, Whiteness, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

Feminist Leadership: Leading For the Least of Us

October 8, 2013
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Feminist Leadership: Leading For the Least of Us

By Kelly Macías  If you’ve been paying attention, the last three months have made for a fascinating study in leadership; or more specifically, the lack thereof. The George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case reinvigorated nationwide debate about the many ills plaguing the Black community. Bombarding us with commentary on crime and violence affecting...
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What Ralph Ellison Can Teach Us about Trayvon Martin

September 24, 2013
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What Ralph Ellison Can Teach Us about Trayvon Martin

By Dennis Tyler Jr. In light of the recent decision by the school board of education in Randolph County, North Carolina, to ban Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from their libraries—partly because of a parent’s complaint that the book is not age-appropriate material for teenagers and partly because one board member claimed he could not...
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