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Racial/Body Politics and Concessional Hegemony in Richard Wright’s Native Son and Maya Angelou’s I know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Racial/Body Politics and Concessional Hegemony in Richard Wright’s Native Son and Maya Angelou’s I know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Okwudiri Anasiudu Introduction Racial politics as a concept is woven around the ideological state apparatus of any society in which it is practised. It shares similarity with systemic racism which finds its voice in the economy, judiciary, religion, and it is articulated through the resources of language and daily social relations (Racist America, xiv).Read more about Racial/Body Politics and Concessional Hegemony in Richard Wright’s Native Son and Maya Angelou’s I know Why the Caged Bird Sings[...]

The Golden State

The Golden State

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California is a great equalizer. It has no race, income, gender, or sexual prejudices. It treats everybody miserably. What happened to this state? Rising rents, astronomical home prices, traffic congestion, homelessness. I remember growing up in California in the fifties, life was better. Orange groves lined the freeways. YouRead more about The Golden State[...]

The Limes

The Limes

by Rudy Ruiz I had taken to drawing limes ever since the Sunday my father announced his latest business scheme at Grandma Fina’s kitchen table. After my parents had retreated across the border to Matamoros, it was typically the only day of the week that I saw them and my little brother. I’d hoped myRead more about The Limes[...]

Twilight

Twilight

by Anne Whitehouse   I stand at the trajectory of loss, sunset glare in my eyes.   As evening deepens, fireflies rise from the lawn to the treetops, floating higher and higher as if they were stars.

The Golden State

The Golden State

by Jonathan B. Ferrini The Department of Motor Vehicles in California is a great equalizer. It has no race, income, gender, or sexual prejudices. It treats everybody miserably. What happened to this state?  Rising rents, astronomical home prices, traffic congestion, homelessness. I remember growing up in California in the fifties, when life was better. OrangeRead more about The Golden State[...]

Baby Head

Baby Head

by Heath Dollar Johnny Benton, in his cowboy hat, starched jeans, and boots with a walking heel, parked his truck alongside the state highway, stepped across a bar ditch, and headed toward the gate of Baby Head Cemetery. The cemetery, which was situated beneath a rugged hill of pink granite and Texas scrub, was allRead more about Baby Head[...]

The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union

The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union

by William Matthew McCarter In September of 1787, the United States Constitution was adopted by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Legend has it that at the close of the Constitutional Convention, an interested party asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?”  Benjamin FranklinRead more about The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union[...]

bone country

bone country

by D. Ellis Phelps — for Mary Ann   i sit in your rocking chair thinking what it must have been like to be you —great-grandmother braided white hair cane-backed poddy-chair —its porcelain pot how cold it was when i sat there my bottom  bare as my dangling feet the thinker thinking ~ —your mindRead more about bone country[...]