A lot of us need to protect ourselves and avoid hurtful interactions that we’re all too familiar with. That’s all reasonable, we all need a little self-protection. What concerns me is when I see people not even trying to have a discussion or getting frustrated with others before they’ve even done anything offensive.Read More
There’s multiple ways that language can be exclusive. Some might not be as obvious as the incident at my workplace, but we should all be aware of them and be cognizant of the many ways language can impact a person’s sense of safety and acceptance.Read More
Being “American” is not a real concept. We must ask: What is being American? If this is the land of the melting-pot, then there truly is no one way to have a definition for that question. There are different types of Americans, and the way you see America is different based on your identity.Read More
Acting white is often seen as a strategy to be seen in the workplace or society, and a huge part of this strategy that is often reinforced is the presentation of hair. Primarily Black women face discrimination in the workplace because of their natural hair.Read More
This is not to say that we need to boycott all past visual media that’s not perfectly politically correct and as aware as many of us are these days, but it does mean we need to thoroughly appreciate the shows that are producing more responsible, well-crafted (and accurate) content. Moreover, we need to reconsider our roles as consumers in the larger marketplace that is Hollywood.Read More
Between the male gaze demanding docile, nubile sexuality and respectability politics calling for some elusive, proper “womanhood,” another roadblock was created by how my race complicated my civil and personal identity even further.Read More
Xenophobia is not something that just happens, it is taught and stoked through racist jokes, slurs, and division.
Also, we keep using an outdated, cruel form of torture as punishment that can often result in negative mental side effects like extreme paranoia, delirium, and often anxiety and overwhelming depression upon release. As if our practices weren’t archaic enough.Read More
Voter suppression is a strategy that prevents or discourages some groups of voters, intentionally those with marginalized identities, from voting. This suppression only exists to further lessen the voices of marginalized people, and reaffirms racial and socioeconomic prejudice.Read More
Their school’s dress code cites “restrictions on hair extensions” as the rationale for punishment -- claiming they are a distraction -- yet, when I went to a predominantly white high school, the many white girls who surely wore hair extensions were never sent home for having them, and I’m sure the thought never crossed their minds. Of course, they needn’t worry, because hair extensions themselves aren’t being policed, the black bodies beneath them are.Read More
The “white brotherhood” mentality is another word for racism at its finest. When a white cop shoots a Black boy, the predominantly white police department maintains a strict silence; they refuse to turn against one of their own, and once again, the white male hegemony is further cemented in its toxic stateRead More
While the term “colorism” may be modern, the idea isn’t. It’s been going on for centuries, ever since the division of labor in structured societies created jobs that required more exposure to the sun, creating the split between tan workers and pale aristocrats. Here began the association between status and skin color.Read More
Neither Black economic success nor female solidarity has ever been America’s strongest pillar, so it shocks very few to see another feud between equally talented women of color sparked mostly by white fragility.