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The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes Is Structural Racism

Margaret Eby Food & Wine
Yams and sweet potatoes have different origins as well as different meanings
In the United States, the terms “yam” and “sweet potato” are used interchangeably, but they are completely different vegetables. The mix-up between yams and sweet potatoes originated from the Trans- Atlantic slave trade.

Escape Plans

Anna Leigh Knowles Blackbird
Teacher and poet Anna Leigh Knowles is from Littleton, Colorado and knows a thing or two about guns and schools.

The Economist: Cosmo for Capitalists

Stefan Collini London Review of Books
A deep read into the history of the classically liberal Economist, the book under review shows a magazine fronting for empire building, militarism and the triumph of finance capital.

Henry James and Pigs’ Feet

Gene Seymour Bookforum
Ralph Ellison's letters make an excellent counterpart to Invisible Man, his great novel of 1952.

Sundance 2020: When Documentaries Make You Question Everything

Bilge Ebiri Vulture
One of the main questions posed in 'Epicentro' is what happens when the marginalized create their own narratives against the dominant ones. It’s an idea expressed in many of this year’s Sundance documentaries.