Thursday, November 6, 2014
From The Crisis, November 1915. —Yes, in this magazine of “American Negro” culture, the articles were separated by little swastkas. Before the Nazis ruined it forever, the swastika was a popular symbol in a wide variety of different contexts.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
From Werner’s Magazine, March, 1895
.—It is not hard to find evidence that these peculiar ideas persist in American culture today; without thinking about it, many Americans take the existence of a distinctive African-American accent as evidence of some physical rather than cultural difference. (The accent is an American cultural phenomenon: by voice alone, it is not usually possible to tell an Englishman of African descent from an Englishman of European descent.) Thirty years after this little article, jazz was all the rage, and racial theorists occupied themselves with explaining why the Negro was a natural instrumentalist.