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The Threat of Colin Kaepernick

The Threat of Colin Kaepernick by: Thabiti Lewis (WSU Vancouver)   “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”― James Baldwin     Last week marked the 15th anniversary of 911, and America’s most popular sport, football, was supposed to showcase American patriotism.  But the San … Continue reading

book review: OKLAHOMO: LESSONS IN UNQUEERING AMERICA

OKLAHOMO: Lessons in Unqueering America. By Carol Mason. 2015.   Sally Kern is a six-term member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and she does not like homosexuals. In fact, in 2008, Kern stated publicly that she considers homosexuality to be “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” According … Continue reading

book review: ON RACE AND MEDICINE: INSIDER PERSPECTIVES

ON RACE AND MEDICINE: Insider Perspectives. Edited by Richard Garcia. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 2015.   The fields of anthropology and sociology, in addition to health sciences, have problematized the topic of race and medicine extensively. The dubious history of medical practice towards non-white bodies has left deep impacts on the manner in which … Continue reading

book review: MAKING CINELANDIA: AMERICAN FILMS AND MEXICAN FILM CULTURE BEFORE THE GOLDEN AGE

MAKING CINELANDIA: American Films and Mexican Film Culture Before the Golden Age. By: Laura Isabel Serna. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 2014. In the 1920s American films dominated Mexico’s cinemas creating the fear in its cultural elites that Mexico would become a cultural dependent of the United States. In Making Cinelandia American Films and Mexican … Continue reading

book review: BLACK SILENT MAJORITY: THE ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAWS AND THE POLITICS OF PUNISHMENT

BLACK SILENT MAJORITY: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment. By Michael Javen Fortner. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2015.   Black Silent Majority proffers an alternative explanation for the emergence of mass incarceration in the post–Civil Rights era. Refuting the consensus of the origins of mass incarceration, most popularly averred by legal … Continue reading

book review: THE GREAT WHITE WAY: RACE AND THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

THE GREAT WHITE WAY: Race and the Broadway Musical. By Warren Hoffman. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2014. Warren Hoffman enthusiastically admits his great love for the Broadway musical on page one of The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical. But despite this rather personal opening gambit, on page two Hoffman takes … Continue reading

book review: BOXCAR POLITICS: THE HOBO IN U.S. CULTURE AND LITERATURE, 1869-1956

BOXCAR POLITICS: The Hobo in U.S. Culture and Literature, 1869–1956. By John Lennon. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. 2014. John Lennon’s insightful new work, Boxcar Politics, claims that “hoboing was not just a mode of travel” for U.S. transient workers in the years between the completion of the intercontinental railroad and the signing of the … Continue reading

Call for Papers: American Studies Journal special issue honoring the 70th anniversary of Mendez v. Westminster (1947)

American Studies Journal special issue honoring the 70th anniversary of Mendez v. Westminster (1947) Mendez v. Westminister (1947) desegregated California schools and was decided in the California federal courts. Gonzalo Mendez along with other Mexican American parents sued on behalf of their children challenging the status of separate Mexican schools in Orange County. The verdict … Continue reading

On Teaching with Helis Sikk–Expanding The Classroom and Strengthening Community Through Tumblr

Similar to Mark Redondo Villegas’s confession in The Digital Moves the Real, I was at first hesitant to include more technology in my classroom. It is not just that many instructors think students already spend too many hours on social media—as teachers we often find social media to serve as a distraction from our work more … Continue reading

book review: A WORLD MORE CONCRETE: REAL ESTATE AND THE REMAKING OF JIM CROW SOUTH FLORIDA

A WORLD MORE CONCRETE: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida. By N.D B. Connolly. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2014. With its emphasis on Miami, Florida, this timely work is an important addition to a number of books focusing on the relationships between urban planning and African American communities throughout the … Continue reading

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