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
When I found out Prince Harry was dating a black girl, I was lowkey excited. Are the times a-changin’? I wondered. I kept track of the story, very casually, and as their relationship progressed, I was rooting for them to make that marriage happen. So much so that I actually purchased a hardcopy magazine for $4.99 … Continue reading Meghan Markle: Black or Mixed?
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”
I wore my fro out around everyone from church for the first time at this little boy’s birthday party. His three-year old sister spotted me at the party, and went out of her way to come over and tell me her thoughts. “Your hair is ugly.” “What...you don’t like it?” She shook her head - … Continue reading The Time I was Oppressed by a Little Girl
We've reached a point in Western political discourse where you're either against the cause of racial justice and equality or you're not. You either feel threatened by the empowerment and enfrachisement of people of color or you feel supportive of it. While many people (including allies) claim to stand for justice and equality, they forget … Continue reading Five Things Non-POC People Can Do To Be Better Allies
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”
On any given day, there are about 100 topics about which to write on the subject of racism in the US. But what about racism around the world? How do racial hatred, prejudice, and injustice manifest themselves in other countries? In this article I will skim the surface of Brazilian racism, since that is where … Continue reading The Language of Racism in Brazil
The first time I can remember experiencing racism was in Switzerland. My family, as well as my friends and their families, were skiing, and decided to stop for lunch at one of the restaurants on the mountain. At the table next to us, several Englishmen were waiting for their food. When we received our order … Continue reading “Racism doesn’t happen in Scotland” – they said.
Growing up in Brazil, I experienced a childhood most parents would want for their children: carefree, safe, and almost recklessly innocent. I rode horses, took sailing lessons, threw birthday parties with mechanical bulls and bungee trampolines in my backyard. I ate sausages out of the packet and dressed up as a demon for Halloween. I … Continue reading A Stranger’s Reflections on White America