A belated recap of what I read last month: Farbe bekennen, edited by May Ayim, Katharina Oguntoye, Dagmar Schultz; Freedom’s Soldiers edited by Joseph P. Reidy, Leslie S. Rowland, 1919 by Eve Ewing
Tag Archives: Germany
What White People Don’t Want to Hear (But Should Know) About Racism
“Doch die sogenannten Rassismuserfahrungen weißer Menschen sind nicht die gleichen, die ich mache. Wer zuvor gut aufgepasst hat, weiß, dass sich weiße Menschen selbst zu einer überlegenen Rasse erklärten. Diese Theorie trugen sie während der Kolonialisierung in fast jeden Winkel der Welt. Es stimmt also, dass weiße Menschen in diesen Momenten die Auswirkungen von Rassismus …
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1000 Serpentinen Angst
I highly recommend the debut novel by Olivia Wenzel.
You don’t shop on Saturday if you live in Konstanz, Germany, a 1,400-year-old city of 83,000 people where the Rhine meets the Bodensee. That’s when carloads of Swiss shoppers queue up to get waved into Germany, single-file, by bored border guards. Thousands of others enter less ceremoniously on foot or bike. They are largely headed …
Merkel and the Populists
Here we are, Angela Merkel’s response to the right-wing populist threat is to move towards the populist right. The NYT reports this from her speech at the convention of her party, the Christian Democratic Union: In the 80-minute speech, she repeated the same catalog of beliefs in freedom and equal treatment she had made as an …
One last balcondemia session Thanks to the unusually warm weather in Southern Germany at the moment, I was able to study on my balcony this afternoon – possibly for the last time, as my final exam for my M.A. in North American Cultural Studies is next week. (I don’t know how I feel about that.)
What’s the Marking of a Terrorist?
The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution against the travel of “foreign terrorist fighters.” In the face of ISIS, the horrifying terror group that is also recruiting men from the West, something needs to be done about this problem, no question about that. Yet the phrasing of the resolution made me nervous: Can rulings …
The week so far.
Heidegger’s Antisemitic Notes
From the New York Times: “The so-called black notebooks, written between 1931 and 1941 and named for the color of their oilcloth covers, show Heidegger denouncing the rootlessness and spirit of “empty rationality and calculability” of the Jews, as he works out revisions to his deepest metaphysical ideas in relation to political events of the …
“Germany’s Been Cold At Me”
Hurray For The Riff Raff’s new album Small Town Heroes is a beautiful piece of timeless yet contemporary folk music. It’s streaming as a First Listen on the NPR Music blog. I’m looking forward to the release on February 11th.