Happy Human Rights Day, Y’all

And this is the 23rd year that the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America has given awards to outstanding books which advance human rights. Among this year’s winners:

  • Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) This book rocks!
  • Micki McElya, Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America (Harvard University Press) From the press release:”…in 1923 the US Senate, after voting down an anti-lynching bill, approved for Washington, DC, “the erection as a gift to the people of the US [of a] monument in memory of the faithful colored mammies of the South”
  • And this makes me super-super proud: Steven Salaita, for Anti-Arab Racism in the US (Pluto Press) Again from the press release, the book “compellingly demonstrates the depths of bigotry in legislation and pronouncements across the spectrum, “neo-conservatives to liberals and progressives.”
  • A big congratulations to all!

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