This very situation arose two weeks ago in one of the schools where I work. Fifty years ago there would have been no discussion. In 2014 there was a discussion and the situation was redressed, but change does not happen until people stand up and declare “No. Not here, not now. Not while I live!”
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I have a new favorite Forever Stamp.
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: People who take a strict binary view of culture (“culture of privilege = awesome; culture of poverty = fail”) are afflicted by the provincialism of privilege and thus vastly underestimate the dynamism of the greater world. They extoll “middle-class values” to the ignorance and exclusion of all others. To understand, you must […]
Like me and Roldo Bartimole, Derf has been a long-suffering advocate for eliminating the racist Chief Wahoo image and the Cleveland Indians name from our city. So, just stop for a moment and consider how you would react to a baseball hat with any of these logos on the front. Not all offended? Who about […]
Mano Singham writes today on the progress we’re making to the day when this will no longer be of any particular interest.
One reader of my hometown newspaper is upset: I have been disturbed for many months now on Pope Francis interview and his opinion on “gay” priests, in the ministry to the public. How could a man who claims to be a man of God say “who am I to judge”? How can this man who […]
The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive I wish more people I knew would meet folks like those in Vicco, Kentucky. Via Mano Singham…
We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ I have a dream speech. The speech was a powerful speech. I would wager that more Americans, black or white, can quote the catch phrase of that speech — I have a dream — than any other words spoken by any other African American […]
Kristin Beck writes: Private Manning has been thrust into the public eye in the last few days. Manning has told the military that “he” has a gender identity issue and wishes to be addressed as “Chelsea” and start hormone replacement therapy. This all emerged after Manning pled guilty to criminal acts and was sentenced to […]
Tina Vasquez writes: After a few years of under-the-table gigs, I figured why not give freelance writing a try. After all, I had an English degree that was just collecting dust in my closet. But the why-not’s are very apparent: you get paid by the word, not for your labor. So the endless emails with […]
Run away…! Run away…!
Roldo Bartimole writes: It hardly seems possible but the Glenville Shootout – as it became known – happened 45 years ago July 23, 1968. It was a disastrous time for Cleveland, an unnecessary gun battle between black militants and Cleveland police. It followed a peaceful Cleveland after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, […]
The kids are all right…
John Naughton writes: Over the past two weeks, I have lost count of the number of officials and government ministers who, when challenged about internet surveillance by GCHQ and the NSA, try to reassure their citizens by saying that the spooks are “only” collecting metadata, not “content”. Only two conclusions are possible from this: either […]
I’ve long argued that what we call racism in America masks the deeper, darker, evil of classim; that we simply don’t care about those whose class status is benetah our own. Joan Walsh makes her case: We still don’t know how much police are culpable for failing to find Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. […]
Driving between students yesterday I pulled up behiund a white van with this bumper sticker. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a visceral response in my life. If I had had a bumper sticker with an arrow that said “Racist Bigot On Board” I would have chased down the van and pasted my opinion […]
Roldo Bartimole writes: We have a No Fault Cleveland City Hall. – A No Fault Mayor Frank Jackson. – A No Fault Police Chief Frank McGrath. – A No Fault Safety Director Marty Flask. – A No Fault Cleveland Police Force. HELL, nobody’s responsible for Anything in Cleveland. What a wonderful world where no one […]
iO Tillett Wright thanks her parents for not asking her to define herself as a child. Her experience of growing up without having check boxes like “female,” “male,” “gay” or straight” thoroughly infuses her art.
iO’s photography can be seen regularly in two features in The New York Times: Notes from the Underground and The Lowdown. She is also the creator of Self Evident Truths—an ongoing project to document the wide variety of experiences in LGBTQ America. So far, she has photographed about 2,000 people for the project. Her goal: 10,000 portraits and a nationwide rethinking of discriminatory laws.
iO had her first solo show at Fuse gallery in New York City in 2010, and exhibited her latest work at The Hole Gallery in early summer of 2012. She has published three books of photographs; Lose My Number, KISSER, and Look Ma’, No Hands. She has directed several music videos, and spent nineteen years acting in films.