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The White issue | Movies You Might’ve Missed

So many movies, so little time! The following are “must-see” movies on the subject of race in America. 13th is a searing 2016 documentary that explores the history of black exploitation and servitude from the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery (except as “punishment for crime”) through the subsequent Jim Crow era of segregation, the “War on Drugs,” which was predominantly a war on people of color, to the current “prison-industrial […]

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Joe Cottonwood | Southern Exposure, 1968, and more

Southern Exposure, 1968 I know the South, warn her but she wants to see Mardi Gras and I love her madly. Jackson, Mississippi, has colored restrooms unmarked because illegal, watched by a rooster man, cap of orange, neck of red shouting, poking fingers in my chest scared by my beard, her beads. She pulls me back on the bus. Peace, she says. Peace. Which saves a lot of grief. Beyond […]

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MOON Shine | The White issue

“As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where […]

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Waking up white | An interview with Debby Irving

Debby Irving grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts, a wealthy white community where she was surrounded by privilege she thought was standard: large, stately homes, country club memberships, summers at a lake house, private schools, and an Ivy League college education. Though she occasionally encountered people of color, their absence in her world powerfully implied that they were less qualified or competent. On the rare occasions she did question her reality, […]

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