Jean-Léon Gérôme's Pollice verso (1872) Enraged crowds of bloodthirsty onlookers demand more action

The Mask of Empathy: How to be a White Social Justice Warrior

Co-Author: Laura J. Mueller It has become all too normal that what the average American citizen refers to as a “national tragedy,” such as police-initiated homicides of the unarmed, or mass shootings, is treated in predictably routine, hollow fashion. The oxymoronic tension between the tragedy and its therapeutic treatment is the New American Norm. The…

Langston Hughes at his typewriter in Harlem

Bojangles at the Zoo: The Anti-Social Teleology of Fame

The decade of the Harlem Renaissance was not only an important moment in American cultural history but, as Langston Hughes writes in his autobiography The Big Sea, it was a time in which even “the Negro was in vogue.” Hughes gives a vivid description of how precarious the social situation had become White people began…