The Big Cheese Bracket: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of The Big Cheese!
Day 1 went down as expected: the top seeds – Cheddar, Mozzarella, Brie, and Parmigiano – handily beat out the low-ranked American, Edam, Cottage Cheese, and Yogurt Cheese (all of which did receive some votes, which is probably something we should have a little chat about. Yes, all you cottage cheese dedicatees, I AM JUDGING YOU! More to the point, where were you in the comments? Defend the honor of your chosen cheeses! You must try to sway minds, and votes!). Read More The Big Cheese Bracket: Day 2

The U.S. Civil War, Slavery, and Erasing History

When Dances With Wolves came out, my dad gave the family “Indian names.” We all got them, but mine was the only one that stuck: “Much To Say.” This particular article started as a response to some tumblr posts and got longer and longer and longer, at which point I thought, “Fuck it, I’ll expound to my heart’s content and foist it upon Persephone Magazine!” Read More The U.S. Civil War, Slavery, and Erasing History

Racial PTSD and Paranoia

A recent study at Penn State has linked discrimination with “racial battle fatigue” for African-Americans, essentially suggesting that African-Americans as a whole may be subject to a generalized version post-traumatic stress disorder equivalent to the strains of military warfare (see the Penn State abstract Discrimination creates racial battle fatigue for African-Americans).

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Higher Education, Model Minorities, and Music

In the grand tradition of the Jewish Intellectual, most of my family members work in or around academia. There’s good historical reasoning behind this: the one area where it’s pretty much always safe to be a Jew is higher education. Read More Higher Education, Model Minorities, and Music