racism

the-wrong-tape-block-sale

The Wrong Tape

I never did learn why that tape was hidden inside a Disney box at a block sale. But there is something both very wrong and very apropos about what happened.

The image comes from the November 6, 1921 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Even Religious Freedom Victories Harbor Defeats

How a 1927 Supreme Court case helps us understand today’s controversies over travel bans, border walls, and executive orders.

02yevtushenko1-master768

Stolen Apples

an elegy for Yevgeny Yevtushenko

kkk-cross-burning

The Klan Never Ends

When Gospel According to the Klan was published in 2011, the reactions to the book surprised me at first. I had some white people, including scholars, tell me that the Klan was an artifact of the past, or a fringe movement of little consequence. While I might have written about the 1920s Klan, they were…

montoyapic

Election History, Second Draft

Killing the Buddha is going to have a lot to say in the coming weeks about the presidential election of a man best described as Voldemort. We will be bringing you first-person dispatches from the margins, as per usual, only just now a lot more of us are feeling “on the margins” than is usual.…

cleardot

Against Literary Transphobia

An early writing mentor told me once that sharing my story will save lives. I believe in the power of words to save lives, but the flipside is their power to harm. And I can’t overstate the harm transphobic writing like Daniel Harris’s “The Sacred Andogen: The Transgender Debate,” published in The Antioch Review, can…

Torn and tattered Confederate Flag

Battle Flag

I’ve lived my entire life in the South, first Georgia and now North Carolina, but I’ve never paid much attention to the Confederate battle flag, the so-called stars and bars. Despite some ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and several childhood family vacations spent navigating cannons, split-rail fences, and museums filled with the tattered remnants…

whitepeople

White People Problems

A Time For Burning after Ferguson.

"GOP Bigotry" by Bob Bobster, via Flickr.

The Anti-Muslim Machine

Park51 is only the latest, and it won’t be the last.