There isn't any. Let me break it down for you. When I was a kid, and when my parents were kids, we used the word "race" to describe where our families are from. Growing up, I had five races - Italian, Irish, Nigerian, French, and German. Nowadays, people use the word "ethnicity" in place of … Continue reading The Difference Between Race and Ethnicity
As GOP governors pop out of the ground and declare they will refuse the entry of Syrian refugees into the states they govern, the angrier I become. The Constitution of the United States makes it expressly clear that governors CANNOT refuse refugees. Period. The Constitution was drafted as a living document which can be added … Continue reading The Constitution Cannot Bend
So far into the month of February, and I haven't written about black history yet. But the history of our blackness, and of our names, is not only rooted in Africa and the slave trade, but rooted in every place around the world. Our name defines our family, origin, culture, race and legacy. I am … Continue reading Identity of Our Names
Several years ago while I was on the city bus, I witnessed a woman start groping the thigh of a man who was another woman's boyfriend. He was visibly uncomfortable and seemed to have very little idea of what to do. His girlfriend stepped in, and these two women had a violent argument. The bus … Continue reading How Men Can Prevent Themselves From Being Sexually Assaulted and Harassed
No one, man or woman, deserves to be harassed. Today I was reading an article about street harassment and I started thinking to myself, this doesn't happen to me very often, why is that? I am in downtown New Haven constantly. I walk around town constantly. What makes me less of a target than these … Continue reading How Women Can Prevent Sexual Harassment and Assault
The Huffington Post had a very bizarre "social experiment" on their site today, regarding how a woman received compliments, and the reactions men had to what that woman said. The woman was given compliments by random men she chose to speak to. She responded to these compliments with "I know", occasionally a "thank you", but … Continue reading I like myself. I like compliments, too.
Before we go into hyperventilation mode, let me make something very clear to my readers: As a biracial woman in this country, I can tell you that while white bias campaign ads are toxic, they are not the root of the issue. The issue I'm referring to is the fact that our civil rights are … Continue reading Target’s White Bias Ad Campaign – Everyone Take a Breather
There are two things on this planet that scare the living shit out of me: The black bible thumper, and the white savior. I can't figure out which one is worse, so I'm going to call them both equally terrible, equally racist. The black bible thumper is any black person who devotes themselves to Christianity … Continue reading The Black Bible Thumper and the White Savior.
Social media is a powerful tool for spreading the word. Even so, I have had the displeasure of coming across many things suggesting or outright saying that the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were justified. That if the media says "white cop killed a black man", they are playing the race card. The … Continue reading If You’re Not With Us, You’re Against Us
Here's the problem with American society: We spend so much time and effort on discussing and fixing the problems that women face. Doing so undermines the problems that men face daily, and makes it seem like women are the only victims on this planet. Throw feminists into the mix, who will bash women for wearing … Continue reading Feminism is a Fancy Word for Sexism