FAQs

 

 

Tuesday
Mar222011

Who are you?

The Pickaninny Papers is committed to promoting progressive ideas, education, and critical thinking that informs and encourages active engagement in our democracy. 

What began as five black women has grown to eight people of color sustaining the progressive, expansive spirit that has inspired people like us throughout American history to struggle for the social and political empowerment of all people. We are a voice challenging the reactionary, conservative, anti-intellectual insanity that too often dominates in the media. 

 For editorial collective bios, click here.

Tuesday
Mar222011

Why The Pickaninny Papers?

      Pickaninny is an embrace of the courage, curiosity, resilience, and playfulness of childhood. Most people are familiar with “pickaninny” as a derogatory term. Prior to its negative connotation, pickaninny was a generic name for a black child. Pickaninny comes from the Portuguese pequenino meaning “very small” or “tiny.

      We are inspired by the dignified defiance of Ruby Bridges, the first black child to desegregate an elementary school. As a result of her courage and the courage of the many other children involved in transforming the nation, we have had the freedom to express ourselves in ways that they could not.

In a world which is often overwhelming and full of noise, we are creating a space where ideas can be developed and plans of action can be constructed. We aim to be on the forefront of change—challenging the larger interests that promote gender violence, mindless consumerism, misogynoir, homophobia, trans-antagonism, xenophobia, ableism, and apathy within our community.

     Papers represents our archive, the legacy of our thoughts, deeds, and the lives we’ve lived as women, black people, American citizens, and humans.

 

Tuesday
Mar222011

What is your mission?

We promote progressive ideas, education, and critical thinking that informs and encourages active engagement in our democracy.


Tuesday
Mar222011

How do I get involved?

Our main objective at this point is having as many people as possible visiting our site. You can get involved by “liking” us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or re-tweeting links to posts on our site. 

Tuesday
Mar222011

Do you permit comments? What are the rules?

Encouraging active engagement in our democracy is a part of our mission. We are open to comments from our readers. In a democracy people are free to disagree and we expect readers to disagree with some of the things that we say. In fact, there are times when we disagree with each other. One thing we always agree on, however, is the importance of maintaining thoughtful and respectful dialogue; abusive language and personal attacks will not be tolerated. We will not hesitate to edit or delete such comments and if it becomes necessary, we will turn comments to approval-only. Please do not make us do that.

 We also ask that comments remain on-topic. There is nothing more annoying than when someone uses the space to discuss something that is totally unrelated to the topic at hand. Oh yeah…we find it equally annoying when people use the comments section to set up shop.