Tag: African-American

The Subtle Racism of “Post-Racial” Activism

My bus is all but parked, its frame quivering and growling as the engine idles. I look up from my book at the packed seats around me: an array of glowing white faces in the dark of night. Two white faces talk across the…

Dear White People

If you want to share this status, find it on Facebook here. Dear White People, For the next few days, stop talking about Ferguson. I’m not saying don’t engage with it, but stop dominating the conversation. Stop your stupid protests with your stupid chants,…

Guilty Until Proven Innocent – Life in Black America

Hands Up, Don't Shoot

For most Americans, the recent events in Ferguson are a failure of the — otherwise well-functioning — system. Many black Americans, however, have seen something different in the past week. This is the system. The crisis in Ferguson is merely a microcosm of the…

No Enemies Need Apply

Portland is my kind of town. I don’t mean its liberal attitude, or its hip, ‘we don’t need your approval’ punk undertones, or its ‘we don’t got no employability’ college graduate feel. I mean the weather. It rains all year round, and it’s always…

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