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The Gift of a Hat

The Gift of a Hat

I write this on the day before the October 2, 2021 Women’s March for Reproductive Rights, remembering my participation in the first Women’s March of January 2017.

I have the best hat in the world. It is black and sags a bit to the side giving it the air of a living thing that moves this way and that as I turn my head. read more…

Star Power

Star Power

It’s Only a Game

I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness,
not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.

Peggy MacIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, 1988

I entered class that day with a bounce in my gait. My exit was less buoyant. I was about to be rudely awakened to the concept of privilege.

In the summer of 1973, I was a graduate student at Rutgers University read more…

Hamilton, History, and the Bechdel Test

Hamilton, History, and the Bechdel Test

The unconventional treatment of our revolutionary beginnings with its brilliant lyrics and vibrant production made the show Hamilton a Broadway smash. It is the iconic embodiment of the hope of American multi-culturism with its use of hip-hop lyrics read more…