Racism’s Rage and Bitter Despair, James Baldwin’s Heart

By Beth U. I am reposting this piece from 2014 as I read about who might be in the US presidential cabinet come January 2017. ______ In these days following the grand jury’s choice not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Mike Brown, between protesting and watching live streams of people on the streets of Ferguson, I read James Baldwin. I read and reread James Baldwin. I put down one book only to pick up another. I need the particular combination of solace and fury that ...
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On Audre Lorde and the uses of anger, Part I

By Beth & Laurian How do we have “intersectional” conversations about state violence, gender, class, sexuality, and race as feminists? What do we do with our rage when we know that women, girls, queer people, and trans* people (among others) continue to be sidelined in discussions about state-sanctioned violence? To erase experiences of violence from public discourse is a form of violence in and of itself. To erase resilience and leadership is also a fo...
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Whose Free Speech is Prioritized?

By Lucy Gleysteen Why is the freedom to disseminate ideologies that reproduce inflammatory stereotypes accepted while the freedom to express condemnation of Charlie Hebdo is silenced? Why is it so difficult for the public to grasp the notion that terror and violence spring from environments in which violence is encouraged, environments that allow for anti-Islam protests to be acceptable, environments where black and brown bodies are not valued, environments where minorities a...
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Murals, Museums and the Mexican State

By Beth U My review of Mary Coffey's excellent book on revolutionary art in Mexico has been published in Visual Studies. Mary Coffey’s book is an evaluation of how, despite its assumed commitment to popular struggle, Mexican muralism became ‘official’ and in doing so helped to legitimize an authoritarian state. In three bulky chapters, Coffey examines murals in state funded and managed public museums: the Palace of Fine Arts, the National History Museum, and the National Anthr...
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