Hello dear readers, this is Luiza writing. I am starting off this post with my name in the first sentence because I would like my identity to be indelibly associated with this critique of the United States. I want to be known for it. I want to give voice to an indignation that has bubbled … Continue reading Hey Shithole Countries: It’s Time to Boycott the USA
On the morning of December 30, 2017, Erica Garner's twitter account (now managed by her mother, Esaw Snipes) released the following statement: That same day Erica Garner, 27 years old and a mother of two, had died of a heart attack. Notwithstanding the tragedy of her death and the painful context in which Erica … Continue reading If You’re White, Stop Whining.
I consider myself a fairly vain and materialistic person. I am obsessed with eyeshadow and lipstick and earrings and shoes. I even created an instagram account* devoted to the makeup looks that I labor over for hours and hours, with a collection of brushes and eyeshadow palettes and fake eyelashes worthy of a Youtube beauty … Continue reading The Coded Racism of The Word “Tacky”
Here's a concept: how about when someone in a position of vulnerability comes forward to denounce or disclose the harmful actions of someone more powerful, we believe this person? And we reserve 100% of our empathy for them? I get it, we as a society hate victims. We don't like those who play the victim, … Continue reading We Have To Stop Empathizing With Oppressors
Many people like to mention how much or how often they give to charity as a measure of how "good" they are. We think, oh, this politican gave millions to this cause. How is he/she a bad person? Or this individual donates her old clothes every month to Plato's Closet. Her heart's in the right … Continue reading The Act of Giving
Sometimes, during my daily forays into Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, I wonder why people get angry at certain things and not at others. Obviously, emotional triggers depend on a range of factors. Personally, my blood tends to boil much faster if I am hungry, tired, or upset. The objects of my anger also tend … Continue reading This White Person Says: Please Stop Saying “Not all White people”
Slumped between some friends in a college dorm in Montpellier, France, I stared at the laptop screen in thinly-veiled disgust. We had come over for a sleepover at their place, a Turkish couple with hearts of gold, and they had made a bong out of a bucket of water, and we were smoking and eating … Continue reading Jay Z’s Moonlight takes Win
One thing that hounds me to my core, is the irony of these people asking why we have to make everything about race. Why we are so inclined to play the victim. Centuries of this particular group of people inventing an elaborate way to stratify the world, having economic, social, political, juridical implications, resulting in … Continue reading The Audacity we must deal with