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Body Politics: Disability in America

Jenifer Barclay
Jenifer Barclay

The impact of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is visible in parking lots, bathrooms, and public buildings across the country. But for centuries before the ramps and signs were erected, disabled people had to find their own ways to navigate American society. » More …

History reveals the long view of marriage, professor says

Linda Heidenreich
Linda Heidenreich

By Linda Heidenreich, associate professor, Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

In June, upon returning from some much-needed time with family, I caught up with my email only to find a letter from our parish priest denouncing the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision that made same-sex marriage legal. He made two troubling claims: that the Obergefell decision overturned a “millennia of human wisdom” regarding marriage, and that church teaching is “unchanging.” » More …

Don’t believe her defenders. Amy Schumer’s jokes are racist.

David Leonard
David Leonard

Joking or not, the comedienne used her stage to play and profit off race while people of color bear the brunt of racial violence, say David Leonard, associate professor and chair of critical culture, gender, and race studies at WSU, and coauthor Stacey Patton of American University. » More …

How Instagram Made Basketball Fans See Black Dads

Players are providing lasting examples of loving relationships with their children that debunk decades of racist narratives about their absence.

David Leonard
David Leonard

The NBA, a league filled with young, wealthy black men, seems like the perfect place to celebrate black fatherhood. Instead, for decades NBA dads have been cultural punching bags, celebrity straw men for arguments about the pathology of black families. But this season, which concluded this week with the Golden State Warriors’ historic championship, a new story has emerged. Warriors star Steph Curry’s daughter, Riley, is winning the Internet. Derrick Rose’s son is a fan favorite. Chris Paul’s 6-year-old is appearing alongside his dad in TV commercials, and has more than 220,000 followers on Instagram. » More …