This issue goes back to education. The article presented in this issue concerns the governmental efforts to improve education for African Americans. Poor African Americans, as well as other poor people, still do not do very well in school. It is no way out of poverty for them, however much President Obama preaches that education is the route to upward mobility. Indeed, the Supreme Court decision in 2003 that upheld affirmative action in college admissions was an admission of this failure: we know how to give reparations to people even if we don't know how to fix the system that makes reparations necessary.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.