Category Archives: race

Where are all the Black People?

Within games and gaming communities alike, there is an overwhelming lack of diversity: Fantasy games like Dragon Age or Final Fantasy have a surprising lack of black and brown people aside from the few used as plot points. The addition of female soldiers in Call of Duty: WW2 had male fans in an uproar about historical accuracy—what, were women not … Continue reading “Where are all the Black People?” Continue reading

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Pauline Hopkins and the American Dilemma

In 2016, during the height of the presidential primaries, the Pew Research Center reported that black and white Americans are (unsurprisingly) split on how much racial progress has been achieved in America eight years after President Barack Obama took office. In response to the statement “Our country has made the changes needed to give blacks […] Continue reading

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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett’s New Voices Award Winner Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! is one that, according to author Loney herself, “celebrate[s] the humanity of all children.” In this case, the child celebrated is James VanDerZee, an African-American boy born in 1886 to the former butler and maid of President Ulysses S. Grant. […] Continue reading

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Not-so-Genius of America: Adolphe Yvon’s Utopia Dismantled

One of my favorite places to spend random Saturday afternoons is the St. Louis Art Museum. I’ve spent many hours wandering the various galleries during my countless visits there, but I always stop to take a look at one painting in particular—Genius of America by Adolphe Yvon. One might think that I’m in love with […] Continue reading

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Sexism as Genetic Discrimination

The movie Gattaca shows an extreme version of genetic discrimination, where the opportunities available to someone are almost exclusively determined by their DNA. After reading Rare Bird, I argue that sexism is a form of genetic discrimination in its own way. Sarah Ann has limited opportunities available to her just because her lack of a […] Continue reading

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Dickens and the American Passing Narrative

In 1850, married slaves Ellen and William Craft fled their owners in Georgia.  After a period of hiding in Boston, the Crafts ultimately relocated in Great Britain, where they became celebrities on the speaking circuit.  Why were these two fugitive s… Continue reading

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Paris is Burning – this is White America

The issue of colour in “Paris is Burning” is fascinating, and one I was completely blind to upon watching this for the first time. Whilst it terribly ignorant on my part, perhaps this blindness is one of the aims of … Continue reading Continue reading

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bell hooks on “Paris is Burning”

In her book Black Looks: Race and Representation (which we read an excerpt of for class), bell hooks gives a rather scathing critique of Paris is Burning. She criticizes the film as too privileging a view of white femininity as … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sports in the South

Playing in the Southeastern conference allows us to travel to many different states across the deep south.  Some schools such as Mississippi and Arkansas have been eye opening to the type of fans we have played against.  There have been racial slurs towards our black and hispanic players that I have never been around before […] Continue reading

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Corporal Punishment

I have a question about corporal punishment and race. I was spanked as a kid while many of my friends now were not. I have told them stories about my family’s discipline and have gotten reaction of shock. These reactions have made me think about whether I will spank my kids in the future. Is […] Continue reading

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