Perhaps it's not a surprise to hear that the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts wants to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a passive, non-confrontational man–a man that most certainly wasn't–but it's unusually apparent with its rejection of the statue of King that's proposed to be the official Washington monument to him. The commission […]
In my old Detroit Public Library copy of Sister Outsider appears one of Audre Lorde's most well-known essays. It's just over three pages long. And perhaps because she brings her life as a poet to bear on these rather brief prose pieces (the longest is a transcript of a conversation between her and Adrienne Rich), […]
You might notice that there’s some design freak-out that’s happened with the right sidebar on Isak: it’s moved from its usual place to the very, very bottom of the left sidebar. I’m working with the Typepad support folks to fix it. We should be back to normal very soon.
Need a little reminding that folks will stand up publicly for what they believe in? Look no further than the students and staff at Washington University. At the commencemenet ceremony a few days ago, the university awarded Phyllis Schlafly (an alum) an honorary degree. Now, Schlafly has won her name by fighting in the name […]
My article, "Society of the Incarcerated: Acknowledging the Voices of America’s Ever-Increasing Prison Population," is the featured story over at The Women’s International Perspective. You attentive Isak readers will notice that the article expands on ideas I wrote about in this space very recently. While I see the piece more as a commentary on the […]
Okay, this little video clip actually got me teared up a bit. The day after the California Supreme Court voted for marriage equality, Ellen DeGeneres announces her engagement with Portia de Rossi on her show. She gets a standing ovation from the audience, and frankly, to see the engagement of two women celebrated so warmly […]