Misperceiving Privilege and its Role

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In the early 20th century United States, racial privilege was well established, and Zora Neale Hurston examined perceptions and misperceptions of privilege in her book, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston’s novel was so controversial, largely due to her examination of privilege and its intersectionality. Janie, the protagonist, is a woman of color, and an independent one at that. Her oppressions, both from being a person of color and a woman, are highlighted throughout the…

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The Consolation of Art and Literature

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  The night of the 2016 election, my pain was visceral. I felt sick to my stomach. How long will progressive social policies stand up to the next Supreme Court? Never mind that: how long will the world survive climate change deniers? There was no end to my anxieties. “At least the republic will survive, right?” I asked my good friend, an unflappable optimist and a retired professor of political philosophy. “I’m not so sure,”…

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Three Things Maya Angelou’s Childhood Taught Us About Adulthood

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A Reflection on the Spirit of Thanksgiving

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As the cloud of emotions from last week’s election starts to clear, we begin to move into the holiday season. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, we can all agree that the past few weeks, even the past few months, have taken a lot out of us. This election has been draining for everyone. It has been hateful, and it has been emotional. The negativity that has been seeping from…

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