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2014 in Review: WordPress Annual Report

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete … Continue reading 2014 in Review: WordPress Annual Report

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An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter

Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog:
We are Black professors. We are daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, and mothers. We’re writing to tell you we see you and hear you. We know the stories of dolls hanging by nooses, nigger written on dry erase boards and walls, stories of nigger said casually at parties by White students too… Continue reading An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter

A Michigan State University student holds a sign reading "I Hope I Don't Get Killed Because I'm Black Today." On December 6, 2014, MSU students organized a series of marches and die-ins to protest the deaths of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and others killed by police violence; and in solidarity with activists across the country.  Photo Credit: Jessica Marie Johnson / December 6, 2014

Berry and Morgan: #Blacklivesmatter Till They Don’t: Slavery’s Lasting Legacy

“We live in a nation that has yet to grapple with the history of slavery and its afterlife.” – Daina Ramey Berry and Jennifer L. Morgan

In an essay for The American Prospect, slavery scholars Daina Ramey Berry and Jennifer L. Morgan place #blacklivesmatter protests around the world in context with “the historical value of black life and the casual killing of Eric Garner:”

“In less than a month, our nation will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. This should be a time of celebratory reflection, yet Wednesday night, after another grand jury failed to see the value of African-American life, protesters took to the streets chanting, “Black lives matter!…”

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