Category Archives: social activism

I Believe Dylann Roof When He Says He’s Not ‘Crazy’

As I listen to the coverage of Dylann Roof’s address to the court, I can’t help but return to a question that I often ask myself during research and my classes during particularly fraught conversations. What narratives do we simply … Continue reading

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Scholar Fierce: Excess about Access

So, I have to be honest that part of my hesitation before any travel is access for disability. I get a little peeved about access not only because very few spaces are accessible, but also because people term something accessible … Continue reading

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A Word on Disability and #BlackLivesMatter

I wish to comment briefly on the rhetorical movement that seems to be gaining momentum in the wake of the BK shooter’s wounding of Shaneka Nicole Thompson and killing of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Specifically, there has been … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 3 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

I went in today feeling fierce. I was not quite beat to capacity but I was beat the house down. (If you have no idea what I just said, google “beat,” “beat to capacity,” and “the house down.”) Anyhow, I … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XXI: Breast Cancer Pics.. Don’t Stare?

I just saw an article on CBS news about a woman who had to fight Facebook because she put photos of her breasts post-mastectomy online. See here (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/breast-cancer-survivor-battles-facebook-over-mastectomy-photos/). The sad part of this story is that it is not new. … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XVI: From ‘Keisha’ to ‘Kylie’

Now that my book is published (available here with discount code: LRK69), I am constantly (pleasantly) surprised to see how relevant these conversations are to the general public. For instance, my chapter on bi-racial and bi-cultural identity explores the way … Continue reading

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Political Flesh VIII: When the Flesh is Absent

It was not a teachable moment. A picture was posted of me teaching on the Bates College Facebook page. The caption gave a snapshot of the day’s lesson: that a cheeseburger is a metaphor for good analytical paragraphs. In the … Continue reading

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Political Flesh VII: Black Conservatives

Political Flesh VII: Black Conservatives This is part of a blog series related to my upcoming book. I sometimes find myself agog at the way students anticipate my lesson plans. Or rather, the way my students and I seem to … Continue reading

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Political Flesh V: Teaching Trayvon Martin

Political Flesh V: Teaching Trayvon Martin we got to carry each other now either you are with life or against it affirm life affirm life affirm life. (Suheir Hammad, “first writing since”) In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap

Normally, when I am travelling, I tend to find myself in some small misadventure that exposes the ignorance of those around me. It usually involves a smart aleck comment or a set of strange assumptions or a denial of assistance … Continue reading

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