so this post never published and has hidden in cyber space for months….. ooooohhhh
So I’ve not survived an appartment move and got my internet hooked up and ready to go. So here goes what I’ve missed (or my best attempt at recollecting relevant info).
Dean of Students Ed Willis has decided to leave U of M. I am not sure 100% if his resignation will be a big blow to students, but he has been known sometimes to really support students of color. However, it should be noted that Willis’ resignation comes behind Rackham’s Dean Earl Lewis’ exit. Both Lewis and Willis are African-American men and U of M’s recent loss of deans (Education, Public Health, etc.) have occured among mainly women and faculty of color. The U will have some serious scrutiny if those positions are filled like President Coleman’s VP cabinet (chock full of White males). Food for thought.
The Emmett Till case is being re-opened. If you don’t know Emmett Till’s name beyond the Kanye West Song- Through the Wire, “scared as hell that her guy look like Emmett Till,” you should read this article which discusses some of the allegations against Till and the trial where two White men were found not guilty. The re-opening of the Till case will likely do more for the moral conscious of race relations in the US than actually administer justice. Till’s mother, before her passing, was an strong advocate for civil rights and against the death penalty. So is justice delayed justice at all?
Okay, it’s 2004 and allegedly TN Rep. Frank Buck didn’t know wetback was a racial epithat, come on! Sadly, other folks in TN also think that Buck made an accurate assessment of things.
We are now literally right around the 50 year annniversary of the Brown v. Board of Ed decision. Here are a number of resources on understanding the case and it’s ramification. Brown is credited with the legal end to “separate but equal” doctorine solidified by Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). The first is a book list published by Africana. The second resource is a conversation between Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates from the NY Times (you’ll need to log into the Times to see it). The third is an interview with Derrick Bell on the anniversary of the Brown Decision. The fourth is a newsweek article that lays out the lineage of the case and the contemporary reality of things.
In closing, we lost a tremendous author in Gloria Anzaldua at the age of 61. I remember her for her book of collected poetry which featured “The Bridge Poem” by Donna Kate Rushin. I encountered Anzaldua’s writing in high school and learned what a pen could really be used for. RIP.
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