Black women and their art, when analyzed, are first criticized and then consciously studied, while black men have the privilege to first be studied and then critiqued.
The freedom to tell their story but the apprehension they feel when faced with telling the truth is what poets and Ithaca College students alike revealed during the “In Your Own Words!” poetry slam on Wednesday.
In the wake of racially charged issues, such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the Supreme Court’s invalidation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, it is disheartening that so few white people attended the 50th Anniversary March on Washington.
Amid the recent Trayvon Martin protests, racial relations sit on the forefront of American political discourse. But, according to documentary filmmaker and diversity educator Lee Mun Wah, the framework of the conversation remains skewed.