FROM Lacey Schwartz
Rachel Dolezal and Racial Identity The parents of Rachel Dolezal appeared on the Today Show this morning to talk about their daughter. Dolezal is a white woman who over the years began presenting herself as African-American. She was a student at the historically black college Howard in Washington, D.C.; she got her M.A. and now teaches in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University; and she headed the NAACP’s Spokane office until resigning today. She also lied about having black family members. There seem to be no shortage of lies or half-truths Dolezal has claimed about her personal history. At its core it is a story about a woman whose identity, either consciously or unconsciously, was malleable to the point that she completely assumed a new race and disowned her white family. How unusual is her story, and what bigger questions does it point to in terms of how we create racial identities in this country?
Little White Lie Lacey Schwartz's new documentary, "Little White Lie" examines what happens when you've identified as white your whole life only to find out as a teenager that you're actually black. That happened to Schwartz, who grew up in Woodstock, New York. Her parents are white, but she has darker skin and tight, curly black hair. She eventually embarked on a journey to find out the truth about her own ethnicity.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."