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Life at the Margins (II)

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Life at the Margins: Reflections on Oppression Part 2: Past the Borders of  Familiarity This is the second of five essays I am writing in cooperation with Pridebuzz.com. If you haven’t had a chance to read the first installment, I would advise you to do so for some context on this piece. Where we left

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The Gibsland Phoenix – Charles M. Blow

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Charles M. Blow on Enduring and Surpassing To oversell the depth of humanity explored in Fire Shut Up In My Bones by New York Times columnist and writer Charles M. Blow would be hard to do. In his compelling, emotional, personal, revelatory, empowering memoir, Blow manages to paint each shared memory in such engaging detail and in such human

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Life at the Margins (I)

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Life at the Margins: Reflections on Oppression Part 1: Past the Outskirts of  Possibility This series is going to be different from the rest of what I will write here. I am writing this five-part series as a project for PrideBuzz to share some of the life lessons I have come to see about the intersectionality

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James Baldwin – Down At The Cross (II)

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This post follows from my post James Baldwin – Down At The Cross pretty directly, so I would encourage you to take the time to start there. There is still a lot of ground to cover in terms of messages that white people can start to take in and spread around in our various communities. That’s

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James Baldwin – Down At The Cross

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“Down At The Cross– Letter from a Region in My Mind” is the second of two missive-style essays that make up The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. You may know (or recall from the previous post) that Baldwin was a mid-20th century author, poet, playwright and fierce critic of social issues, particularly along the intersection of

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James Baldwin – My Dungeon Shook

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James Baldwin was an incredible author, poet, and social critic. He wrote from the mid-to-late 20th century, and his impassioned, beautiful work stands as an amazing resource for us white people trying to understand some of the race-related problems that we will never have to experience. And we need to understand the problems that he addresses, because

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