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‘Apostrophes’: Nikole Hannah-Jones on Race, Education and Inequality, at Longreads Story Night

Moved. In America, one with apostrophed name is closely linked with ‘black’ and ‘poor’, take the name D’Leisha -as it is mentioned in the video, as an example. It still ‘is’ about anything there, in America, but Race.

This reminds me of a poem, we once discussed in the Introduction To Literature class back in earlier semester, the poem with the title ‘I, Too, Am, America’ by Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967). One’s nationalism shouldn’t be judged based on what races they originally come from, because they, too, sing America. Just like here in my country, Indonesia, regardless of various ethnicities and races we possess, we, too, sing the same national anthem ‘Indonesia Raya’. And glad that we have it, long before, a jargon that unifies us, ‘Bhineka Tunggal Ika’, it is. :).

If we just try try try, just to be, nice, then the world would be a better place for you and I.
If we just live our lives, putting our differences aside, oh, that would be so beautiful to me~


The video above is an incredibly moving piece by The New York Times Magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones, filmed at our Longreads Story Night in New York City. Our thanks to Hannah-Jones, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and all of our special guests for an amazing night. We’ll share more clips from Story Night soon, and you can see all of our videos on our YouTube page or Facebook.

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