Invisibility is Everywhere

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The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, opens with the narrator, stating, “I am an invisible man” (Ellison, 1). The narrator is “invisible” because society cannot see him for who he is; people only see the color of his skin. The narrator goes on to elaborate, “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me” (Ellison, 1). Its people’s inability to see past their prejudices that has forced him into invisibility. The narrator is…

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“Other people’s babies,” The Humanities, and Responses to White Nationalism

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This past weekend, Represenative Steve King (R-Iowa), tweeted his support for the far-right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders. Wilders is openly anti-Islamic, and has argued that mosques should be closed and the Koran should be banned in the Netherlands. King wished Wilders good luck in the election in the Netherlands, but he said more than that when doing so. In his most recent tweet, King stated that “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny” and…

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“Alternative Facts” and the Humanities

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I have been concerned about “alternative facts” even before that term got popularized in the last month or two. I have studied African American culture for the past two decades, and I have learned how the history of racism was (and is) built on a series of “alternative facts”: whites are smarter than blacks, blacks are lazy, black bodies are weaker or stronger, blacks are violent, etc. These alternative facts become the narratives that shape…

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A statement from members of the Drury Community who stand with refugees and immigrants

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We, the undersigned members of the Drury University community, stand by our Muslim students, colleagues, neighbors, and friends. We abhor the executive order signed by the president, January 27, 2017 – which suspends the entry of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days; stops the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely; bars entry of immigrants and refugees into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries; and imposes a religious test…

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