Category: News & Notes

Remembering the Orangeburg Massacre by Kangkang Kovacs

On the night of February 8, 1968, a bon fire was lit by the entrance of South Carolina State’s campus in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Some two hundred students gathered by the fire. They were protesting against segregation, police brutality, as well as a failure of budget approval for the SC State, a Historically Black Colleges …

The Fraught Relationship between African Americans and Military Service by Mateo Mérida

Historically, patriotism has been intimately tied with acts of military service. Images of Uncle Sam, the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima, or even Captain America are seen not only as symbols of American military excellence, but as defining American patriotism itself. By consequence, the connection between the military and patriotism has been an …

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Black Hair and Coerced Conformity by Mateo Mérida

Hair has held an important place in the conversation of assimilation, conformity, and oppression throughout the African Diaspora. Regarding the figure to the left, given the way that the hair of this figure is organized being wrapped around the lower part of the figure’s head, with details towards the back of the head reminiscent of …

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