Category: caste


Spring 2021 LES Studies Course

Last year, I posted about my first Lillian E. Smith Studies course which I taught in spring 2020. Today, I want to share the syllabus I constructed for the spring 2021 semester. The focus, still, is on Smith and her work, but I am also incorporating Michelle Alexander’s work on mass incarnation, using NPR’s Louder than and Riot podcast and Ava DuVernay’s 13th. Along … Read More Spring 2021 LES Studies Course


“None of us are ourselves.”

In Caste, Isabel Wilkerson talks about the construction of race within the United States in relation to the institution of slavery and the genocide of Indigenous individuals that used race as a way to maintain power. Through this construction, individuals’ identity became subsumed within a tangled web of ideas that others projected upon individuals. This is, of course, what W.E.B. Du Bois talks about … Read More “None of us are ourselves.”


“I do not intend to be quiet about it.”

On Wednesday, John Jennings posted one of his latest sketches on social media. The image of a tattered American flag lying on the ground as flies hovered over it with “The Untied States of America” as the caption. Jennings’ image hit me hard, especially after the racism on full display at the Presidential Debate on Tuesday night. I knew the debate was going to … Read More “I do not intend to be quiet about it.”