Seven Washington University in St. Louis scholars ruminate on race, COVID-19, police brutality, and America as the house of pain.
Douglas Flowe, assistant professor of history, author of Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York; Clarissa Rile Hayward, professor of political science, philosophy and urban studies; William J. Maxwell, professor of English and of African American studies and author of the book F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature; Kimberly Jade Norwood, Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, whose key research areas include the intersection of race, class, and public education in America; Will Ross, MD, associate dean for diversity, principal officer for community partnerships, Alumni Endowed Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at School of Medicine; Rebecca Wanzo, chair and professor of Women, gender, and sexuality studies and author of The Content of Our Caricature: African-American Comic Art and Political Belonging; Adia Harvey Wingfield, associate dean for faculty development; professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences, author of Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy and No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work
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The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.