Midwestern and Hmong

In “To Be Both Midwestern and Hmong” from The Atlantic, Doualy Xaykaothao argues that Hmong people still struggle for acceptance in Wisconsin. With that in mind, answer the following questions: What happens in the opening paragraphs of the article? Why do you think Xaykaothao opens with this scene? How does it impact your reading of… Read More Midwestern and Hmong

Black Body Positive

In “The Black History of the Body Positive Movement,” Briana Dominici argues that we can’t talk about the body positive movement without “remembering the history of fatphobia and how its roots are centered around Black people, and more specifically, Black women and femmes.”  Why is it important that we remember the role Black women played… Read More Black Body Positive

Lorde’s Sexism a Disease in Blackface

Today, we are reading Audre Lorde’s essay, “Sexism: American Disease in Blackface,” from one of the most important collections of feminist essays, Sister Outsider (see Canvas for reading).   Lorde’s essay starts with a bold claim, “Black Feminism is not white feminism in blackface” (60). What is blackface? How do your understanding of blackface help you understand… Read More Lorde’s Sexism a Disease in Blackface

Racism in Grant Funding

In “Racial Inequity in Grant Funding from the NIH,” Michael A Taffe and Nicholas W Gilpin note that “Several analyses have revealed that African-American/Black scientists are less likely to receive NIH grant funding compared with their white, Hispanic/Latinx, or Asian colleagues.” They make a persuasive argument, based on research studies, that Black scientists are awarded fewer… Read More Racism in Grant Funding

The 13th

TW: This film depicts violence.  This week, I’d like you to watch Ava DuVernay’s groundbreaking film, The 13th. You can watch the whole film on Netflix or on the link provided in Canvas.  As you watch the film, take notes as you go. Write down facts that surprised you. Images that shocked/offended you. Describe moments… Read More The 13th