Listening Notes: 1619 podcast, Episode 5, Part 2

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/podcasts/1619-slavery-farm-loan-discrimination.html "The Land of Fathers, Part 2" is the last episode of the 1619 podcast series. Phew. This podcast picks up where it left off by highlighting the weight of the grief and loss experienced by a family of African American sugar cane farmers. They compare the way this family was treated by a bank … Continue reading Listening Notes: 1619 podcast, Episode 5, Part 2

Listening Notes: 1619 Episode 5

I hope I don’t sound as impatient as I felt, but the New York Times *finally* issued another episode of the 1619 series, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/1619/id1476928106?i=1000452394193 This one was called Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1. Yet again, this episode is well worth a listen as it expands on issues raised in one of the 1619 … Continue reading Listening Notes: 1619 Episode 5

Word Search

I have been kicking around titles for this blog post. One was “Awkward segue” since I will return to random topics after spending a few weeks focusing on the painful history of American slavery and its ongoing impact on American society. Another possible title was “The unbearable whiteness of being” in case you were wondering … Continue reading Word Search

1619 Project: Muhammad

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/sugar-slave-trade-slavery.html Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s essay is titled “The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.” As always, my goal is to highlight these articles rather than summarize, assuming that you will read the original works. This line in particular stood out for me: In Europe … Continue reading 1619 Project: Muhammad

1619 Project: Stevenson

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/prison-industrial-complex-slavery-racism.html I continue to read, reflect, and shine a spotlight on the essays in the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Author of Just Mercy (and to my mind, a saint walking amongst us) Bryan Stevenson wrote an article titled, ”Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both … Continue reading 1619 Project: Stevenson

1619 Project: Interlandi

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/universal-health-care-racism.html Today I am reflecting on the article in the 1619 Project by Jeneen Interlandi titled, “Why doesn’t the United States have universal health care? The answer has everything to do with race,” as well as the parallel podcast called “Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started.” As always, I prefer not to summarize, so … Continue reading 1619 Project: Interlandi

1619 Project: Kruse

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/traffic-atlanta-segregation.html I continue to read, reflect, and shine a spotlight on the essays in the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Princeton University professor Kevin Kruse, who I know as That-History-Guy-on-Twitter, wrote an essay titled: “What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot” A quote that resonated for … Continue reading 1619 Project: Kruse

1619 Project: Bouie

I continue to read, reflect, and shine a spotlight on the work of the 1619 Project. Today I read the work by Jamelle Bouie, titled “America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.” You can read it in full at this link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/republicans-racism-african-americans.html Again, I hope … Continue reading 1619 Project: Bouie