The Bible and Race in the USA: An Introduction to Contexts

In 2014 I began teaching an Elizabethtown College course called "The Bible and Race in the USA." It's a seminar driven by a question about how discourses like "Bible," "race" and "America" inform each other to the extent that we can hardly unweave them. There's a craftiness to textuality that we quickly forget all that … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: An Introduction to Contexts

Mediating Perceptions of Race and Criminal Justice in America

Rhetorics of “law and order” have returned with a vengeance in the 2016 US Presidential Debate. Sowing the Seed is going to repost pieces from its Summer 2016 Reading Race and Criminality series in an attempt to deepen the discussion. Emily Soltys builds on Matthew Kuraska’s piece, to look at the role of media and language in discussing the … Continue reading Mediating Perceptions of Race and Criminal Justice in America

Rethinking Privilege: Where Does the Body Go?

There is a need to be nuanced about this word. We need to focus on the systems that create oppression, and yet what do we do with the body, the body that experiences the tangible affects of a lack of privilege? Where do people and there experiences go?

Comparing the Games We Play: The Limits of Privilege-Checking

Instead of trying to decide whether a Muslim kid of African descent really built a clock or just assembled its pieces from a hobby kit at Radio Shack, maybe we should be asking why that isn’t enough to merit recognition in a STEM-loving world with kids who've never seen a soldering iron.