The late Toni Morrison’s works have been banned by conservatives across the U.S. for decades. Her famed speech “Unspeakable Things Unspoken” explains why.
Black History, Uncensored
Black History, Uncensored is a series that highlights work by Black creators targeted by bans in schools across the country. White fragility and willful ignorance of Black history have always posed an obstacle to the truthful teaching of America’s past and present. But we haven’t seen politicians this committed — and coordinated — in their effort to hide these truths since the post-Civil War Redemption era.
In the mind of Alice Walker, women are not gifts to be prized or beheld.
The effort to hide Ta-Nehisi Coates’ work appears to be based in the author’s desire to place whiteness, as an idea, under a microscope.
The late Black feminist icon bell hooks focused on Black identity, the freedom unlocked by expressing it, and — fittingly — the weapons formed against it.
Scholar and critical race theory pioneer Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term, “intersectionality,” a word that describes how race, gender, class and other traits intertwine.