What Do We Do Now?

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  I’m giving you the opportunity, right now, to stop reading this. If you, like me, have been feeling overwhelmed and possibly bitter with the recent presidential election, and you would prefer not to think about it right now, now is your chance to stop reading. Let me start by saying that at its bare political philosophy, America is a great country, with the possibility of equal opportunity for all, even if this country is…

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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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Maya Angelou’s autobiographical masterpiece I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a one-of-a-kind work of literature that is sure to grab a firm hold on readers’ hearts. It is a whirlwind of a story, leading readers through her encounters with racism, sexual abuse, teen homelessness, motherhood, and a slew of other trials and tribulations at an early age. After reading her story, it is easy to say that even just throughout her childhood, Angelou…

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