You will search in vain in the Constitution of the United States … for that word ‘white,’ it is not there … The omission of this word — this phrase of caste — from our national charter, was not accidental, but intentional.
Akinyele Omowale Umoja, author of We Will Shoot Back (NYU Press, 2013), on the continued fight for civil rights since the March on Washington in 1963.
Love is not more legitimate or good or valuable if the state makes it official, and garnering a basic victory is not the same as making the world a more genuinely amenable place for sexual difference. Girlfriend, listen up: this is a simple civil right that we shouldn’t even have to fight for, a right to enter a kinda problematic institution that was historically rooted in ownership and gender inequity.
Put that on your wedding cake.
Suzanna Walters, on why the end of DOMA is not enough
(Source: From the Square, NYU Press blog.)
For many, the Superbowl is a time of admirable athleticism, commercials rivaling cinema megaproductions, and elaborate snack food arrangements. In some special cases, it’s even a time of adorable puppies. Just look at those mugs!
But the Superbowl is also an opportunity to recognize the NFL’s important contributions to the civil rights movement, as the integration of African American players into the League only cemented the foundation for the widespread social change that was to follow. Charles K. Ross explores these developments and the histories of the NFL’s early African American players in Outside the Lines, published by (yours truly!) NYU Press. With both the Superbowl and Black History Month on the horizon, there couldn’t be a better time to check out this fascinating book!
(Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to curl up in an armchair, turn on the Puppy Bowl, and do some reading.)