Social Structure within Prisons: The Realities of Racial Relations

by: Kate KasicaWhile watching The Work, directed by Jairus McLeary, I was struck by how the environment created within the documentary seemed completely separate from any external pressures or norms. There are no physical or socially constructed divides, allowing inmates and visitors to form meaningful connections with one another. This support system also crosses racialContinue reading “Social Structure within Prisons: The Realities of Racial Relations”

How James Baldwin’s Identities Inform Giovanni’s Room: the Separation of Race and Sexuality

As a bisexual black man, James Baldwin had rather unique experiences in 1950s America and Paris. Many of these experiences informed the writing of Giovanni’s Room and his other works. Parallels can be drawn between Baldwin’s life and the plot of Giovanni’s Room. Baldwin moved to Paris when he was 24 and fell in loveContinue reading “How James Baldwin’s Identities Inform Giovanni’s Room: the Separation of Race and Sexuality”