Even the most successful authors—like Phillis Wheatley and W. E. B. Du Bois—fail to publish all they’d like. What can that reveal about literature?
In the 1740s, Bordeaux developed some of the first modern theories of racial difference, even as the city profited from the slave trade.
“Are there ways in which Black North Americans connected to places and things that were outside of the world we thought they were in?”
Exponentially more enslaved Africans were forced to the lands that now make up Latin America rather than the United States. Where is their story?
“Octavia Butler teaches us,” explains Black playwright Ericka Dickerson-Despenza, “…that we have two options in Apocalypse: adapt or die.”
"You cannot talk about race without talking about cotton. The materials that I use are desperately important as a layer of meaning in the work that I make."
White supremacy tells us we do not belong, but we do have a place in history.
What right does a society have to extoll freedom as its highest virtue if that same society is dependent on the unfreedom of others?
The current owner of the Lion House is happy to let rumors about his property’s basement passageway simmer.
Historical traces of racism and exclusion remain on the island. It’s just that new residents can’t—or won’t—read them.
Opposition to imperialism unites the struggles of our times. To recognize empire is to take a necessary step towards a more just world.
Confronting painful pasts gives society an opportunity to change. This is why those invested in the amnesiac status quo fight against memory.
For poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, as for the Black Romantics, history is the repetition of anti-Black violence that has yet to be abolished.
The United States tears families apart—during slavery, in the wars against indigenous people and the war on drugs, and, today, at the border.
St. Louis seems to define America’s past—but does it offer insight for the future?
Both violent surveillance and disease risk were integral to Atlantic slavery. That same war against Black people continues today.
“You have to think … about how you’re going to make the changes stick.”
If he had to write The Black Jacobins again, C. L. R. James “would only give Toussaint [Louverture] a walk-on part.”
Hazel Carby’s Imperial Intimacies explores the couple, and intimacy, as foundational historical categories in postcolonial and decolonial studies. At the heart of her narrative lie Carl, a Jamaican ...
What histories do we inherit? In the current crisis of Brexit—which points to larger global shifts toward nationalism and xenophobia—there is no more urgent a ...