>

April 19th, 2014
thesmithian
We were…surprised to find such a large disparity between whites and nonwhites related to air pollution…Especially the fact that this difference is throughout the U.S., even in cities and states in the Midwest.
Julian Marshall, University of Minnesota
April 13th, 2014
thesmithian

…powerful linoleum prints provide a unique graphic history of one of the most infamous, racially-charged episodes in the annals of the American judicial system…

more.

April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

…devastating as it reveals how love becomes warped and jagged and even seemingly vanishes in the midst of huge grief.

more. and more.

April 6th, 2014
thesmithian

When we think about the Civil Rights Act, our minds are drawn to scenes of obstructionist Southern politicians and presidential arm-twisting. But we often forget the broader context of activism and protest in which the bill’s long journey across Capitol Hill took place…These two stories—the political theater inside the Capitol, and the violent tumult of civil rights protests outside it—did not happen independently. Each drove the other. Few pieces of legislation in American history have been as intimately connected to its social context as the Civil Rights Act.

more.

April 4th, 2014
thesmithian

'…our growing geopolitical divide—between the part of America where officials are trying aggressively to help poor people get health insurance, and the part where officials are not.'

April 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
…while black women in the US are making strides in education and business and affecting political trends with stellar voter turnout numbers, they remain more vulnerable to health problems and violence than any other group. Their strength at the polls is not reflected in elected positions.
April 1st, 2014
thesmithian

'…the story of how people as diverse as Cuban-born businessmen in Miami, undocumented Mexican farm workers in California, and third-generation part-Puerto Ricans in New York who [don't speak] Spanish were brought together into one social category: Hispanic-Americans.'

more.

March 25th, 2014
thesmithian

…reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the ‘60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay. It only takes a pinprick to burst open floodgates of public consciousness. The spirit of Cesar Chavez lives on.

more.

…reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the ‘60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay. It only takes a pinprick to burst open floodgates of public consciousness. The spirit of Cesar Chavez lives on.

more.

March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

Random House is to publish “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a shorter work of fiction that Teju Cole wrote before “Open City,” but previously available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007.

more.

Random House is to publish “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a shorter work of fiction that Teju Cole wrote before “Open City,” but previously available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007.

more.

March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

African American soldiers returned from fighting in WWI…they attempted to exercise their social, political and economic rights here at home. They were met by riots and lynchings led by white mobs throughout black communities in 15 states and 27 cities across America from April to November, 1919. According to Cameron McWhirter’s…Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer” because it was so bloody. In total, millions of Americans had their lives disrupted. Hundreds of people—most of them black—were killed.

more.

African American soldiers returned from fighting in WWI…they attempted to exercise their social, political and economic rights here at home. They were met by riots and lynchings led by white mobs throughout black communities in 15 states and 27 cities across America from April to November, 1919. According to Cameron McWhirter’s…Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer” because it was so bloody. In total, millions of Americans had their lives disrupted. Hundreds of people—most of them black—were killed.

more.

March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

'What this has meant in the U.S. and elsewhere…is that the “good guys” who want to implement policies to get the unemployed back to work are too often caving to the pressure of the “pain caucuses” pushing sky-is-falling predictions about “runaway inflation and soaring interest rates” as a justification to do nothing. It’s a battle of good versus evil…and the bad guys seem to be winning…'

more.

March 20th, 2014
thesmithian

housing…is cheap…compared to most of Philadelphia’s peer cities. The real issue is the 28.4% poverty rate, one of the highest in the nation. Cheap as the housing is in absolute terms, a sizable segment of the population still doesn’t earn enough money to afford it.

more.

housing…is cheap…compared to most of Philadelphia’s peer cities. The real issue is the 28.4% poverty rate, one of the highest in the nation. Cheap as the housing is in absolute terms, a sizable segment of the population still doesn’t earn enough money to afford it.

more.

Loading tweets...

@danamo

Likes

culture is politics. politics is culture.
[beta]

Networks

Following