Tag: Racism

Dear White People, Racism Is Not About You

Dear White People, It’s been awhile since our last chat, but I’ve been noticing that you keep fundamentally misunderstanding what racism is. So let’s start with the basics: Racism is not about you. You’ve spent too long thinking about racism as a personal animus — a…

The Soul-Crushing Nature of Systemic Racism

In the news that we’ve seen as of late, you could stand there, surrender to the cops, and still be killed. Those are the chilling words of Sandra Bland. Upon her death, many leaped to defend her legacy against the verdict of suicide, asking:…

Surprised by racism? You shouldn’t be.

The scene is all-too-familiar; I am united with friends around some game or movie or conversation of ultimately trivial import when a lull creeps in. The energy drops, and everybody leans back, silent and contemplative. After a moment, somebody – invariably white – pinches…

The Hidden Racism of America

“I’m not a racist. I just think people should be able to defend themselves.” In recent discussions on race, it has begun increasingly clear that the use of the word “racism” blinds people to everything that comes after it. Why? Because everybody agrees that…

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…

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…

%d bloggers like this:
%d bloggers like this:
%d bloggers like this:
%d bloggers like this:
%d bloggers like this:
%d bloggers like this:
%d bloggers like this: