Running Backward: A Critique of “Unbroken.”

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After my first year in college, I am displeased to announce that I have been wrong about a lot of things. In fact, I owe quite a few apologies. I, like many humans, am subject to viewing the world through my bias. For years, I have worked as an advocate within LGBTQ+ organizations. I strive to practice tolerance and acceptance of others in all that I do. If my first year in college taught me…

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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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