Skip to comments.Activist, historian, writer among `genius grant’ recipients
Posted on 09/28/2021 3:46:07 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
CHICAGO — A historian devoted to keeping alive the stories of long-dead victims of racial violence along the Texas-Mexico border and a civil rights activist whose mission is to make sure people who leave prison are free to walk into the voting booth are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of “genius grants.”
The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday announced the 25 recipients, who will each receive $625,000.
Race figures prominently in the work of about half of them, including that of Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to be an Antiracist” and “Stamped from the Beginning,” which was a National Book Award winner for nonfiction.
There is a generation of older and younger writers, thinkers and creators who are able to recognize the “complexity of racism” and “clarify it for everyday people to see it and grasp it and be outraged by it,” Kendi said.
Much of what is going on, from the COVID-19 pandemic to efforts in the U.S. to alter the way elections are held and the way students are taught in school, added a sense of urgency to this year’s awards.
“This award is so timely for me, personally ... to remain committed to make sure the public has access to the truth, true history, even when it is troubling (and) especially when that history can help us build a better future,” Monica Muñoz Martinez, a historian, pointing to efforts in some states to limit how teachers discuss racism.
Desmond Meade, who led a campaign that resulted in the passage of a measure in Florida that restored the voting rights of felons who have served their sentences, said the recognition — and the money — will help him continue his work to help former prison inmates.
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I personally know a McArthur ‘genius’ grant recipient - got the big check which purportedly was to to be used in the furtherance of his scientific research - he decide his ‘scientific research’ would be best advanced by buying himself an estate in the Bahamas....
Oh, of course...
Once again, I am unfairly overlooked ...
The foundation turned hard left a long time ago. Go back ten years and you find:
MacArthur Awards Documentary Film Grants
September 28, 2011
MacArthur has supported independently produced film and video for 30 years, today announced eight grants — totaling $1.23 million — for documentary film projects.
“Documentaries supported by MacArthur use compelling stories and characters to illuminate serious issues in approachable, creative, and engaging ways.”
• The Arizona Project, a documentary film exploring the immigration debate sparked in 2010 by Arizona’s controversial immigration law, by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini. Camino Bluff Productions ($200,000).
• Easy Like Water, a documentary film about an innovative approach to education and climate change in Bangladesh, by Glenn Baker. Potomac Media Works ($160,000).
• Electoral Dysfunction, a documentary film examining the system of voting and voting rights in the U.S., by Bennett Singer, Leslie D. Farrell, and David Deschamps. Center for Independent Documentary, Inc. ($175,000).
• I Learn America, a documentary film about immigrant integration from the perspective and experience of five immigrant high school students and their teachers, by Jean-Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng. I Learn America LLC ($125,000).
• Oil & Water, a documentary film exploring the contamination of Ecuador’s Amazon region and efforts to protect the area and its people, by Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith. Stir It Up Productions LLC ($80,000).
• Seeking Refuge, a documentary film about torture survivors and the professionals who help them heal and start new lives, by Tina DiFeliciantonio and Jane Wagner. Naked Eye Productions ($140,000).
• The Supreme Price, a documentary film about the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles, by Joanna Lipper. Vertumnus Productions, Inc. ($200,000).
• Untitled Egyptian Project, a documentary film about a young Egyptian journalist and her experiences as change takes place in Egypt in early 2011, by Mai Iskander. Iskander Films, Inc. ($150,000).
The Foundation funded five film and radio documentary projects earlier in the year, bringing MacArthur’s total commitment to independently-produced film and radio projects for 2011 to more than $2 million.
Ibram X. Kendi is EVIL, and deserves NO awards or honors!!!!
Anyone whose work involves making it easy to CHEAT in or STEAL elections also deserves NO awards or honors!!!! Instead, they deserve to go to prison, or to be deported to a Fifth-World country!!!!
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