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New from the Solstice Features blog:



By Kelvin Kellman

Like every school boy, I was cultured to dine with fine silver;piercing steak with polished tines and cutting with the right. Because eating bare hands in the manner of my forebearsmirrors the manners of every other primate shooting from tree to tree. I recite the rosary, venerate men (now saints) that lookzero like me, did… Read more »

The Rage Will Continue

By William Torphy

A deadly disease infects us all. We acquire it from birth. It threatens lives and incites fear. The disease is racism. Black Americans have been subjected to brutality—physically, spiritually, and economically—since their ancestors were forced into slave ships and transported as chattel to this continent. From the “slave patrols” that subjected slaves to prohibitive surveillance,… Read more »

Automatic Affronts(?): Brown & Black Bodies & (a Lack of) Compassion

By Maria Luisa Arroyo Cruzado

The few times that I’ve walked into the Big Y in Longmeadow, MA, the supermarket closest to the university, at which I teach, I steel myself against the barbed gazes. This is a predominantly white market situated in a predominantly white, affluent suburb. I am less than a stranger. I am a walking abomination, a… Read more »