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Martín Espada

BLASPHEMY

by Martín Espada | Oct 21, 2019 | Poetry

Martín Espada is a resourceful urban seer, alternately humorous, tender, and impassioned: a warrior poet who raises “dissidence” to a level of majestic art. An essayist, translator, editor, and former tenant lawyer, Espada is the author of more than a dozen collections, including The Republic of Poetry, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and most […]

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Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

Instagram Tea Leaves

by WS Editors | Oct 15, 2019 | Media, Politics

It was easy enough to find out what the pundits thought about the Sept. 12 Democratic debate, but what about the candidates themselves? How did they position their candidacies in the days that followed? A scroll through Instagram was instructive and also provided a glimpse of how that platform is being deployed as source for […]

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President Trump

Why “I don’t like his rhetoric, but I like what he’s doing with the economy” is not a good reason to support any leader

by Patricia Roberts-Miller | Sep 25, 2019 | Media, Politics

There are a lot of sayings that amount to a kind of folk pragmatism: “Might makes right.” “God helps those who help themselves.” “The ends justify the means.” “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” These are all ways of saying if you’re getting the outcome you want, then don’t worry about how that […]

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Suzanne Gardinier

Night Journey

by Suzanne Gardinier | Sep 20, 2019 | Poetry

Suzanne Gardinier is a global activist and author of several wide-ranging, dynamic poetry collections, including Iridium & Selected Poems 1986–2009 (2011), Today: 101 Ghazals (2008), and the long poem The New World (1993), which Lucille Clifton chose for the Associated Writing Program’s Award Series in Poetry. She has also published a collection of essays, A […]

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“Use Your White Voice:” On Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman

by Cyrus Cassells | Aug 13, 2019 | Culture, Race

On this date in 2017, members of the alt-right, neo-Confederates, neo-fascists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and various right-wing militias marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying semi-automatic weapons and chanting racist and antisemitic slogans. Civil rights activist Heather Heyer was killed and dozens injured when a car driven by a white supremacist slammed into a crowd of […]

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