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The white issue | Exploring the story of race

Those of us who are white seldom think about ourselves in terms of race; that’s for people of color. Yes, we know which box to check on demographic forms, but we tend to think of white as the “default setting,” the “normal” human, the race that sets the standards of beauty, morality, and behavior—albeit not explicitly. “Being over-exposed to white people and under-exposed to everyone else,” it’s just what we’ve […]

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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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