The current racial tensions within and indeed outside of the US are demanding attention from news media and organizations all over the world. We cannot be silent in these times. With this statement we commit to educating ourselves and making our contributions to the discourse and above all to international awareness of American and English-speaking cultures around the world yet more representative of the vast diversity of those experiences and voices.
Within this space we have always taken pains to present and amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as those of diverse gender identities and preferences, and indeed you will already find a number of posts here recommending literature and other creative arts stemming from those voices. We hope that our readers will take advantage of those to educate themselves on the perspectives of these oppressed people, and then continue with the many resources now being amplified on reading and listening lists from countless sources.
For a first taste of what we already offer, see for example (in no particular order):
An interview with educator Elaine Thomas on „Black Lives Matter“
Historical biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
Black History Month readings as well as a review of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Weekly Poems bei Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde, and Langston Hughes
A critical review of Childish Gambino’s music video This is America
Some interesting information regarding critical approaches to Columbus Day and Thanksgiving
Gender-inclusive language in academic writing
Film reviews of Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate as well as Blackkklansman
An exposé on the conflict around best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s recent writings