News & Analysis
How Flint, Ferguson and Baltimore are All Connected. Emily Badger for The Washington Post.
I Grew Up in Flint. Here’s Why Governor Snyder Must Resign. Art Reyes III for Talk Poverty.
A Question of Environmental Racism in Flint. John Eligon for the New York Times.
Flint’s toxic water crisis was 50 years in the making. Andrew R. Highsmith for the LA Times.
Race is In the Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink. Jim Wallis for HuffPost Politics.
Across the board, when we start to probe deep into these forgotten places, we start to see a trend emerge. We start to see the different ways in which racism impacts African Americans, and we also see the different ways where it impacts the places where they live.
– Henry Louis Taylor, professor of urban and regional planning at the University at Buffalo
The best answer to continual denials from white Americans of being a racist is this: Racism is in the air that we breathe and the water we drink.
– Jim Wallis, writer
No matter what their credit is, no matter how many years they’ve been working for Buick…. They have no place [else] to go.
-Ailene Butler, 1960’s Flint, MI activist
42% of residents of Flint, MI are below the poverty line.
Why has “Black Lives Matter” — as slogan, as hashtag, as rallying cry — been taken up so widely?
In the spirit of black studies’ long tradition of timely, engaged, and accessible critical analysis, the Department of African American Studies at Princeton launched a blog project called Focus. It was intended as a kind of virtual conversation, bringing together members of our Princeton intellectual community with other scholars, writers, activists, and artists. We invited readers and followers to join us we discussed pressing issues in contemporary black life, both in United States and globally.
A digital conversation took place over six week with responses from scholars, activists, and artists
The entire conversation, hosted on Medium, is also reproduced below:
Charlene Carruthers, National Director, Black Youth Project 100 (@CharleneCac)
Eddie Glaude, Jr. William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies; Chair, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University (@esglaude)
Che Gossett, Independent scholar, archivist and activist (@chegossett)
Joy James, F.C. Oakley 3rd Century Professor, Williams College
Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University (@jmjafrx)
Imani Perry, Hughes Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University (@imaniperry)
Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University (@KeeangaYahmatta)
Rinaldo Walcott, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto (@blacklikewho)
Convener: Joshua Guild, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Princeton University (@jbguild)