Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday Reading



Haiti: An Occupation in Blackface
by Dr. Jemima Pierre
July 28, 2015 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the landing of US Marines in Haiti and the beginning of a military occupation of the Black Republic that lasted nineteen years. With its massacres of Haitian peasants, its control of Haiti’s finances, its suppression of the Haitian press, and its dissolution of the Haitian legislature – all backed by a combination of Jim Crow ideology and Monroe Doctrine exceptionalism – the occupation represents a searing annotation in the history of Haitian sovereignty. Yet the memory of the US occupation sits awkwardly in the context of the Haitian present, where a new occupation is currently in its eleventh year, begging the question posed by The Public Archive (@public_archive) on twitter, “How do you memorialize occupation in the middle of occupation?”
Read More at Black Agenda Report


Still Empty
by Jeremiah Moss
It's depressing to walk home to the East Village and see the old St. Mark's Bookshop space still empty after they were forced to move by a rent hike. I try not to walk by there anymore.
Read More at Jeremiah's Vanishing New York


Zen & the Art of Soul Repair
by Zainab Chaudary
Just before they take her away for her MRI, my mother removes her rings and asks me to wear them. They won’t allow metal in the room, and she gets four of her rings off easily, but there’s a set of three that are stuck. She frets with them as the orderly situates her in her stretcher.
Read More at Love, InshAllah


Removing Shame from the Dance Classroom
by Jeana Jorgensen, Ph.D.
The first point of overlap is that when we’re talking about shame, we can discuss not only what it is and how it feels, but also how it looks on the physical body. Glickman defines shame as the sense that one is a bad person, and that shaming oneself or others is often destructive, but it can also lead to positive outcomes, such as giving one an incentive to not do certain unhealthy things again. Yet the discussion of shame can go much deeper than emotion & reaction; we can also talk about the physical behaviors that embody shame.
Read More at JeanaJorgensen.com


#WeAerAllVegans: That Awkward Moment When the Vegan Society Shared ‘100 Black Vegans’…
by Aph Ko
In my head I thought: how much more powerful and paradigm-shifting would her article have been if she simply introduced the world to black vegan activists who were doing ground-breaking work like Dr. Breeze Harper who actually created a conference specifically focusing on veganism and #blacklivesmatter?
Read More at Aphro-ism


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