What are you fighting FOR. What are you moving toward? Tell me.
Physician, Heal Thyself - If I want to try to present ways to heal the cultural shadow, then I need to attend my own, too. It occurs to me that doing this here - in the public eye, so to speak - is a good way to show the process.
I want to cover some of the ways slavery persists in the modern cultural shadow. I'm probably going to have to break this down into separate posts about the civil war, Jim Crow, and racial stereotypes, because there's a lot to say here. Before I get started, I'm going to wholly admit I'm likely going … Continue reading My Own Whiteness
All of the other posts I've written about the legacy we've inherited from the Puritans have been more about sexual codes of conduct, gender equality, and the shadow of the witch trials. While all of those are important parts of our colonial shadow, eclipsed only by the genocide of Native Americans, there's one more structure … Continue reading The Living Tension of the Ordained Hierarchy
How would you describe the witch trials to a teenage foreign exchange student?
In the Puritan mind, sex was: 1 For the conception of sons 2 Conceived within the marriage 3 SPECIFICALLY for the purpose of orderly inheritance proceedings
I'm skipping ahead in the timeline to the roughly 4,000 racial terror lynchings of black people that occurred all over the US between 1877 and 1950. Most of these happened in the American South, but not all. Lynchings are still very much in our cultural shadow. And it's something that most people squirm away from and … Continue reading Lynchings- A Step Forward
I'm putting out an official request right now for people to send me links that say what they need to say. That they feel like other people need to read. I don't want you to guest blog for me, I want to be able to reblog you. I want to be able to boost your … Continue reading Send Me Your Links, Please
For the cultural shadow, this is the method I've decided to use: Look at the unacknowledged history of the United States and follow that line into the present. How do we as a nation project our own history onto other countries? How do we show surprise when that aspect of our history comes back as "fate"?
I've stopped and started several blog posts this week, and I've decided to just be honest about how I'm feeling right now. I don't feel up to this task. I want to write a series of posts about the cultural shadow. About how the American shadow is still rooted in really old, weird beliefs - … Continue reading I don’t feel up to this task