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Before watching “The Underground Railroad,” now streaming on Amazon Prime, I first saw the show’s companion piece, “An Act of Seeing: Barry Jenkins’s The Gaze,” at the Museum of Moving Images. The exhibit’s standout feature was a compilation of moving-image portraits of the series’ cast, staring directly at the camera as life carries on behind...
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Judy Forte remembers a 1966 judge’s desegregation order forcing her and her brothers to transfer to the all-white elementary school near their home in Phenix City, Ala. Even as a third grader, she noticed teachers at the new school treating her differently, particularly when it came to security. White classmates frequently targeted them for abuse...
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Most white people in the U.S. lazily tuck African-Americans away into one category: the Black one. There’s some variation within that “Blackness” but it’s mostly limited to “black,” “blacker,” “scary black,” “less black,” and “high maintenance.” You’re lucky to get that much from white people because most of them are too busy shouting “I don’t...
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In this world, our current world, male dominated, white supremacist structures are working to return women to the bondage that legal powerlessness brings. Nowhere is this clearer than in the fight for reproductive justice...In the care of a whole womxn, the goal must be access to reproductive justice, which encompasses access to abortion as well...
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Back in 1918, a previously unknown influenza crept over the world, infecting almost one-third of the planet’s human population. The world was a chaotic mess at the time, with several European nations and much of the Middle East at war. World War I was the planet’s first major-scale international conflict, and it had been going...
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Mississippi retiree Brenda Cheeks knows all about  the COVID-19 pandemic burning through her state. She doesn’t miss the news on her television. As of Dec. 14, Mississippi reported 1,648 new confirmed cases of infection. A few days earlier, the state hit a record of 2,457 new cases, which is astounding in a rural state with...
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A nurse at a private immigration detention center in Georgia blew the whistle on something that sounds right out of a nightmare. Whistleblower Dawn Wooten claims the Irwin County Detention Center she worked at performed an unethical number of hysterectomies on immigrant women in custody. Her claims confirm accounts by detained immigrants at the facility...
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As the seasons changed from autumn to winter, I found myself reflecting on the transitions I’ve gone through this year. Throughout last winter, spring and summer, I stood in the emotional intersection of enthusiasm, uncertainty and fear. After working for the same company five years, I felt stuck, like I was not making progress. I...
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