What Should Diversity Feel Like?

Judith Ohikuare shares a piece, When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools, discussing the struggle minority children face among their privileged white peers. This seemed especially relevant to Amherst’s struggle for “real” diversity today. We have the numbers, but our college’s culture is still strikingly divided. Michèle Stephenson, the mother of a minority student in…

“Lily Allen’s Anti-Black Feminism”

I’m posting this in conversation with an earlier post, not because I necessarily find fault with it, but because I think the author here has a very interesting point to make about the potential limitations about Lily Allen’s expression. The end of Allen’s four-year hiatus is marked by a new single and matching video that meditates…

On The ‘Fro

Saw this op-ed in the New York Times and thought of our discussion of Foxy’s afro in Foxy Brown and its function as a symbol of her power and identity. The author of the piece is a proudly self-identifying white guy who, in his youth, sported an afro. And that’s more or less it. That’s…

Race In Dreamworlds

Coming in a bit late with this, but did anyone else find it slightly disturbing that Dreamworlds hovered so obsessively over rap and hip/hop? To be sure, they did mention that that genre is in many ways an image of blackness marketed to suburban whites. And they also featured artists like Limp Bizkit, The Rolling…