African American Studies · american literature · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies

Thoughts on Essentialism/Antiessentialism in (anti)Race Discourse

I’ve been reading lots and lots and lots and lots of theory lately. I have my comprehensive exams for my PhD coming up. I’m doing a lot with the concept of ethnicity in my work, since I decided to craft a reading list that looks at ethnic literature around the United States. I have some…… Continue reading Thoughts on Essentialism/Antiessentialism in (anti)Race Discourse

Ethnicity Studies

Brief thoughts provoked by the AME racial terror shooting in CharlestonĀ 

I have a lot of thoughts right now, about systemic racism, systemic violence, systemic extremism, and white privilege. They aren’t well-organized as of now, and anytime I find myself starting to engage, I stop because I don’t have the right words. Just a small observation, though: if you start a comment with “I’m not racist”…… Continue reading Brief thoughts provoked by the AME racial terror shooting in CharlestonĀ 

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · personal · Writing

Muddled Thoughts

I’m letting my mind be pulled in multiple directions right now. I say letting, because it’s deliberate. I’m deliberately working on more than one project at a time, deliberately letting myself think about work, ideas, things, that aren’t directly related to my qualifying paper, my dissertation, etc. I’m letting my mind expand in multiple directions…… Continue reading Muddled Thoughts

Ethnicity Studies · Politics of Education · Teaching

Empathy, and recognizing humanity

“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin has to be one of my favorite stories, and it paired perfectly today with my need to discuss racism with my students. There’s a line where the narrator says, “My trouble made his real.” And, later, Sonny says, “And I don’t know how I played, thinking about it now, but…… Continue reading Empathy, and recognizing humanity

art · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Politics of Education

“Consider the Context.”

The other day, I postedĀ this as a status on Facebook: It’s amazing what a few years and some learning can do to my perceptions of literature. The first time I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, I was twelve, and I cried my eyes out because of the horrific incidents and the tragic characters. The second time…… Continue reading “Consider the Context.”