Portside Snapshot - January 4, 2016

   
 

 


I Hate New Year’s Day

Antonio Gramsci
Jacobin / Viewpoint Magazine
You end up seriously thinking that between one year and the next there is a break, that a new history is beginning; you make resolutions, and you regret your irresolution, and so on, and so forth. This is generally what’s wrong with dates.



The Next Big Voting-Rights Fight

Emily Bazelon and Jim Rutenberg
New York Times
If you’re no longer drawing lines on population but you’re selectively using criteria like age, that hits [the Hispanic] community very hard. Put aside the whole citizenship issue. The largest group of people who would be subtracted from the apportionment base would be children, and because [Hispanics] have disproportionately so many more children than the Anglo population has, that starts shifting seats all by itself, before you start to even consider citizenship.



Who Gets Excluded From the Modern Economy?

REBECCA J. ROSEN, ADRIENNE GREEN, LI ZHOU, GILLIAN B. WHITE
The Atlantic
Experts on banking and labor markets offer their reasons for optimism and pessimism going into 2016.



Luke Cage in Context - The Racial Politics of an ‘Unbreakable’ Black Man

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RACHEL A
The Daily Fandom
Context is crucial to the politics of a narrative, always. In the context of the #BlackLivesMatter protests, and the increasing public focus on police brutality toward particularly African American communities in the U.S., it is important to ask how the fantasy of Luke Cage – a black man who is “unbreakable” – fits into the current socio-political landscape.


 
 
 
 
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