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  1. Performing Whiteness

    A powerful essay by Sarah Bellamy, who, in the wake of George Floyd being murdered in her hometown, argues that we need to question how white bodies might be predisposed to rely on a racial inheritance that endangers the lives of others.      

    Commentary
  2. Five Books Exploring Race in America

    We look at the authors of five books discussing race in America.

    Books
  3. An Open Letter to Computing Community

    “We know the compounding effect brought by feelings of isolation on one’s spirit as the ‘only’ in a meeting, within a boardroom, on a committee, in a research lab, or in a classroom.”

    Current Events
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  4. “Making space for another viewpoint does not negate yours. Quite the opposite — it provides more context and framework for your own experience.” (Kiara Goodwin, The Everygirl)

    Commentary
  5. Black Lives Matter: Six Poems

    Poetry can often channel grief, pain, solidarity, and resistance in ways that everyday language can’t.

    Culture
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  6. Toni Morrison on Reality TV, Black Lives Matter, and Meeting Jeff Bezos

    In an interview at Literary Hub, Toni Morrison says she wasn’t interested in writing at an early age. “No, I didn’t think about writing until I was 39. I read all the time. I could read when I was three years old and that’s what I did. At some point, I realized that there was […]

    Authors
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  7. Black Lives Matter

    Learn about the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and how to get involved at its official site.

    Current Events
  8. So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin

    “[D]on’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense.” Ideas for moving beyond symbolism to activism in the wake of the US presidential election.

    Current Events
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  10. It’s not getting worse. It’s been there all along.

    A (white) voice from Baton Rouge: “…we weren’t holding the fire hoses, we didn’t draw neighborhood borders, we didn’t deny people mortgages based on the color of their skin, we never lynched a black man. So, I mean…it’s not our fault.
     
    Except we’ve let it continue.”

    Current Events
  11. Silence, Redefined

    “The sound of a taillight, flickering out.” Examples of silence, published on mishmash.

    Race
  12. Word Count

    “On the other hand, sometimes as Michael Brown a writer it is Victor White necessary (it became necessary Sandra Bland to destroy Yvette Smith the town to save it) to add McKenzie Cochran a heaviness Jordan Baker to one’s Andy Lopez words.” Words — and names — have weight.

    Commentary
  13. For Alton. For Philando. For All.

    “But we owe to Alton and Philando, we owe to ourselves and our children, what we have ever been owed: some semblance of life, the inordinate idea that, as long as we draw breath, that life can still improve.” Stacia L. Brown reflects on the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

    Current Events
  14. Walking While Black

    At Literary Hub, Garnette Cadogan writes about his move from Jamaica to the US — and how he had to relearn the subtle, dangerous art of navigating city streets as a black man.

    Essay
  15. The Kinfolk Kollective

    LaSha, the writer behind The Kinfolk Kollective, publishes essays that examine how race and identity intersect popular culture and politics.

    Commentary