Citizen: An American Lyric

“because white men can’t police their imaginationblack men are dying” I reread Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric recently. Published in 2014, this poetic, artistic snapshot of Black life in the US is stunning in its impact and intellectual heft. The book is decidedly not written for white men like me, and can, maybe should make …

trms: Claudia Rankine responds to Johari Osayi Idusuyi reading her book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” at a Donald Trump rally. Video: Worlds collide: Reading poetry at a Donald Trump rally The Rachel Maddow Show segment linked above about the protest-through-poetry-reading is a really interesting recap of the action and a good (if slightly awkward) interview …

Free Speech, Citizens, and Twitter, Or: How Andrew Sullivan Misses the Point

Isn’t it awkward when professional bloggers don’t understand how social media works? A few days ago, widely read conservative white-but-not-straight blogger  Andrew Sullivan railed against the new cooperation between Women Action Media and Twitter. The micro-blogging platform and the non-profit will work together to better report, track, understand, and work against cyber harassment of users, primarily women. That this harassment is …