Ableist and Racist Tropes in Sia’s 2021 Film “Music” and the Eugenics That Spawned Them

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Every marginalized group has what I like to call a “root narrative” their oppressors create about them. It’s a very base caricature from which all others branch off that sums up who…

A tiny American planted in a field of grass. | Image Credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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I was twelve years old when I saw Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man on the big screen. I was going through a lot in my personal life at the time, but I was nonetheless…

Why It Took The Olympics 49 Years to Hold a Moment of Silence for Victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre

Tokyo Olympics, 2021. | Image Credit: Ryunosuke Kikuno on Unsplash

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It seems to be an appropriate commentary on the state of antisemitism in the world that the Olympic Games have only been held in Germany twice in that country’s history and that both times became notorious…

Thoughts on the Cancellation of Lovecraft Country

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From the network that broke my heart when it cancelled Carnivàle back in 2005 for being “too expensive” at $4 million per episode — only to greenlight Boardwalk Empire for $5 million per episode…

A Popular White Supremacist Talking Point

White guy playing pool at an Irish Pub. / 29 Mar 2014 / Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

If you’re a savvy user of the Internet and social media, you’ve probably come across some plastic paddy griping about “cancel culture” and derailing discussions about Indigenous American football mascots, African slavery, and civil rights with some variation on the following memes.

How America’s Changing Demographics Will Force Change

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Black women engaged in the streets, Summer of 2020, Washington D.C., George Floyd/Breonna Taylor Protests. | 9 Jun 2020 | Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Now that the clickbait title probably has the attention of some pissed off white liberals and moderates, hear me out on this first.

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson won the U.S. presidential election over…

An Analysis of Sojourner Truth’s Most Famous Speech

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If you’re like me and you grew up in the K-12 public education system that pays lip service to Black American history on the shortest month of the year and then forgets all about it the…

How the Passage of Time Becomes a Racist Weapon

A Philco brand portable television set, 1952. | Image Credit: Everett Collection, Shutterstock

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Of the multitude of excuses given in America’s compulsive need to deny and deflect from the realities of chattel slavery from centuries before the United States was founded in 1776 until its complicated abolition in 1865

Reconciling the White Supremacism of a Man Descended from Jewish Refugees

Stephen Miller attending a UN global call for protecting religious freedom in September, 2019. | Image Credit: Shutterstock

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At precisely 11:49 a.m. today, Joe Biden finished taking the oath of office. Eleven minutes later, Donald Trump was legally no longer President of the United States. Am I ecstatic? …

Graffiti on a wall with a barred window depicting Donald Trump menacingly pointing in the direction of Dora the Explorer, fleeing from Trump with tears in her eyes | Image Credit: Alejandro Cartagena 🇲🇽🏳‍🌈 on Unsplash

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Before the torches-and-pitchforks crowd gathers to skewer me, I should let them know upfront: I don’t believe in “great” presidents. Hell, I don’t even believe in “great” leaders. History is chock-full of them.

Was Julius Caesar…

Howland Crowe

An autistic perspective on prejudice, art, and society. Writer. Activist. Pun-lover. Twitter: @CroweHowland Facebook: Howland Crowe

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