As should be evident by now to those who have followed my blog, I am philosophically interested in race and racism. As an individual, I am committed to acknowledging white privilege and upholding ideals of racial equity. Yet, Black History Month came and went without me writing anything specifically connected to acknowledging it. Before February … Continue reading Black History Month
This month marked the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That day a gunman walked into his former school, killed 17 people, and wounded 17 others. The students of the Parkland community responded heroically, coming together in their pain and anger, and inspiring young people … Continue reading Lockdown
I dedicate this post to everyone who takes a little bit longer to process what they hear and articulate their response, and to all of my fellow procrastinators. Does everyone remember last week’s spectacle of political theater? In the meme age, this may be all we’re left with: DOUG MILLS/GETTY IMAGES And now the … Continue reading The State of the Union Is…
Season three of Serial received quite a bit of buzz for getting back to its criminal justice roots when it released its third season last year. The team reported from a Cleveland courthouse week by week, following ordinary cases as they unfolded and telling the complicated story of what justice looks like in America. I … Continue reading Podcast Recommendation: In the Dark
I was recently asked to do some more work on gender and food sovereignty for a forthcoming book project. So this week, while I get some thoughts together on that and some other ongoing projects, I thought I’d share a couple of abstracts for my more formal work. The readers of this blog are almost … Continue reading Recent work
I wanted to write a loose follow up to my last piece. After reading it, my husband said to me, “I’m not really sure where you land on this.” Making my claims clear and explicit rather than suggestively gesturing toward them has always been a challenge for me. My dissertation advisor, Vicky Davion, used to … Continue reading Oh yeah, James Watson is racist too.
“[T]he male is by nature superior and the female inferior, the male ruler and the female subject” – Aristotle “I am apt to suspect the Negroes, and in general all other species of men…to be naturally inferior to the whites” –David Hume “In the hot countries the human being matures earlier in all ways but … Continue reading So Kant was a racist. What now?
It’s that time of the year when all of your favorite media outlets are posting their “Best of 2018” lists. As I have been spending this week shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, and enjoying the company of loved ones, I haven’t paused to sit down and write a more formal post. So I thought I’d jump … Continue reading End of Year Recommendations
Migrants run from tear gas near the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana. PHOTO: HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico in … Continue reading “Migrant Caravan”
When I tell people that I have a PhD in philosophy the reaction is usually one of self-deprecation. (“Wow! You’re so smart. I could never do that.”) This reaction is typically accompanied by the assumption that the work I do is obtuse and obscure, and sometimes by the implication that the work is frivolous and/or … Continue reading Why Philosophy? And Why a Blog?