Puerto Rico’s history always starts with Christopher Columbus’ invasion and colonization of Puerto Rico in 1493. History books treat Puerto Rico as if it did not exist prior to 1493, as if the island was some kind of phantom that magically manifested itself in 1493, without a history. In reality, Puerto Rico (or Borikén as […]
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When Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election, I scrolled through the flood of Facebook post’s reading the lamentations of devastated friends who claimed “IT’S TIME TO MOVE TO CANADA!” (Never to Mexico, though. I never saw anyone threaten to move to the popular vacation destination, Mexico). I rolled my eyes and thought: “Y’all ain’t going anywhere.” Because you can’t leave. If your country made a mess, you had to stick around and deal with it.
Then my husband took a teaching job in Sweden. Of all places the places to move after a year and a half of dismal political failures, Sweden and it’s free health care/education was the deus ex machina this black girl needed. At that point, I was like: “Peace, America. It’s been real.”
Reenactment of my quick “get away”
But about a month into my new Swedish life, my feelings of relief soon became feelings…
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New exhibition at the Smithsonian Latino Center “explores the legacy of Native peoples in the Greater Antilles and their contemporary heritage movement.” Ranald Woodaman (Smithsonian Voices) reports: We’re forever trying to make sense of history, and especially our place in it. The Caribbean is fraught with especially painful questions around historical narrative that reflect a […]
Microsoft has partnered with Black Girls Code, led by Kimberly Bryant, to enable the organization to launch a chapter in Seattle, Microsoft announced on LinkedIn today. Since launching in 2011, Black Girls Code has introduced technology and computer science to young black girls in 13 cities throughout the country. Seattle marks Black Girls Code’s 14th…
Frantz Fanon’s Corporeal Malediction Revisited (NeMLA 2019) Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention. deadline for submissions: September 30, 2018 full name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association contact email: email@example.com NeMLA Annual Convention – Washington D.C. – 21-24 March, 2019 Within Frantz Fanon’s landmark text, Peau Noire, Masques […]