Civilized Conversations

Trudging through the streets of New York after a long week of work, my fists balled in my pockets and a knot in my chest. I decide to buy takeout from my favorite Mediterranean spot, and when my order is called, the typically friendly girl smiles with my package in hand. Out of the corner … Continue reading Civilized Conversations

Political Affiliations Are Not A Shorthand For Who Is Friend And Who Is Foe

In case you haven't been following the political situation of the Western world, we've been experiencing a resurgence of far-right ideologies in Western political discourse. Two years ago the UK voted to leave the European Union, ostensibly out of nostalgia for the good old times when the British swarmed Africa and India, and not the … Continue reading Political Affiliations Are Not A Shorthand For Who Is Friend And Who Is Foe

Today Is A Great Day To Undermine White Supremacy

The far-right is taking over the world, guys! I woke up today with a rested head, a full heart, and a strong body, despite the fact that over half of my country voted for a man who makes my stomach turn. I woke up with the conviction that now more than ever I have to do … Continue reading Today Is A Great Day To Undermine White Supremacy

Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novi

A few weeks ago, as I was driving home from a stressful day at work, I took a detour to the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (translation: Cultural Center of the Bank of Brazil).* It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I had been telling myself I needed to go everytime I caught sight of one of … Continue reading Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novi

Complexity is a Luxury Afforded Only to White People

I was having a conversation with my psychiatrist the other week about how disappointed and disgusted I felt with people who I once considered friends. This election, I told her, has caused me to have to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Either you support a man who hates the very idea … Continue reading Complexity is a Luxury Afforded Only to White People

What I would give to be a Woman

It’s everywhere. It haunts me. I glance up at an ad in the subway car and there it is. I skim through an article and it jumps out at me. I chat with a colleague and it scratches me as it materializes from their mouth, taunts me as it vanishes into thin air. Women and … Continue reading What I would give to be a Woman

A Letter to the Racists of Brazil

"The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:50-51)." - Luke 13:28 It is … Continue reading A Letter to the Racists of Brazil

Third-world or Underdeveloped? The Words We Use to Describe the Lack of Whiteness, Maleness, and Wealth

"In the 1950s global tensions continued to rise between the West and the communist East. War broke out in Korea involving the Western powers and Korea’s neighbour, communist China. In the same period, African and Asian countries increasingly claimed independence from their former colonial powers – and both the West and the Soviet bloc competed … Continue reading Third-world or Underdeveloped? The Words We Use to Describe the Lack of Whiteness, Maleness, and Wealth

Black Hair is still controversial

Recently I met a Puerto-Rican guy who told the story of how he managed to stand up to his mother. She was the all-feared matriarch of the household, and at 75 years old, family members went out of their way to respect her. At the dinner table, when she said that his young children were … Continue reading Black Hair is still controversial

The Tragedy of the Tragedy Narrative

As a light-skinned citizen of Brazil who likes to keep abreast of all events, publications, and developments related to Black-White race relations in the Western world, I'd  have to say that what strikes me the most about this domain of knowledge is the ubiquity of tragedy narratives. Note that I wrote "tragedy narratives," and not … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Tragedy Narrative