January Wrap-Up: Race, Nation and the Black Atlantic

Here’s what I read this January; Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, The Fateful Triangle by Stuart Hall, Just Us by Claudia Rankine, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Misogynistic Gun Extremists Increasingly Harass Women In Favor of Gun Safety.

Via  feministing, I found this Mother Jones report: Ever since the Sandy Hook massacre, a small but vocal faction of the gun rights movement has been targeting women who speak up on the issue—whether to propose tighter regulations, educate about the dangers to children, or simply to sell guns with innovative security features. The vicious …

When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White : Code Switch : NPR

Kat Chow on NPR’s code switch blog wrote a great article on the history of vanilla. As with so many things originating on the American continent, the history is inextricably connected to colonialism, slavery, and appropriation by whiteness. For instance, the Totonac Indians of Mexico had the knowledge how to efficiently cultivate vanilla beans, a …

Acimowin: To Tell a Story (TW for video and linked article: sexism, racism, sexual assault, murder) Megan Bertasson  (Whitebear Woman, Wolf Woman; Cree woman) gives a talk on the importance and impact of Cree storytelling – including storytelling as resistance – and proceeds to tell a horrifying story about the treatment of Cree people, especially …