1619 Project: Stevenson

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 stillContinue reading “1619 Project: Stevenson”

1619 Project: Interlandi

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 againContinue reading “1619 Project: Interlandi”

1619 Project: Villarosa’s article

I continue to read, reflect, and spotlight pieces in the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Today I read Linda Villarosa’s article entitled, Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed by doctors today. As I’ve mentioned, I want to avoid summarizing these works, though it does feelContinue reading “1619 Project: Villarosa’s article”

1619 Project: Desmond’s Essay

Today I continue to read, reflect, and shine a spotlight on the 1619 Project, a series of articles in the New York Times Magazine. Today I read Matthew Desmond’s essay titled “If you want to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.” As I have in previous posts, IContinue reading “1619 Project: Desmond’s Essay”

1619 Project: Hannah-Jones

It is my firm belief that any time Ms. Nikole Hannah-Jones has something to say, I need to listen. Indeed, she says everything that needs to be said, with both precision and artistry, in the first article in the 1619 series in the New York Times Magazine. So instead of describing her article at all,Continue reading “1619 Project: Hannah-Jones”

History versus Fairy Tales

So my goal is to explain what resonated with me in the introduction to the Times’ 1619 Project (which I intend to continue to read/reflect upon in a few upcoming blog posts). Here, again, is what I quoted yesterday: It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing theContinue reading “History versus Fairy Tales”

The 1619 Project in the New York Times Magazine

One of my goals has been to return to a special series in the New York Times Magazine called the 1619 Project published in August 2019 and use my blog as a place to reflect more on each piece. Here is the link to this series: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html  I hope you will consider reading it, too.Continue reading “The 1619 Project in the New York Times Magazine”

Reading Notes: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

I am halfway through this biography now, so don’t spoil the ending for me ;). I have been tempted to comment often as I read, even if I fear I will reveal gaps in my knowledge despite my efforts to learn more. Still, here are a few thoughts, and forgive me for where I fallContinue reading “Reading Notes: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom”