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

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

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

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

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

The Kindness vs. Racism Conundrum – Part 1

  Nowadays, being accused of racism is the ultimate sin. No one likes being accused of acting upon unconscious biases, or treating humans differently based on the color of their skin or their race. In fact, so unpleasant are the experiences of those good people called out on their damaging attitudes or behaviors that the … Continue reading The Kindness vs. Racism Conundrum – Part 1

Nike just did it – and did it well

Nike made a major power play. The controversial Colin Kaepernick headlines a new campaign with a simple yet monumental closeup black and white shot of his face, emblazoned with the words: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. " The world has been buzzing ever since, with closet racists emerging from the woodwork … Continue reading Nike just did it – and did it well

You can help free Herman Bell!

Dear friends, Last week the New York State Board of Parole granted Herman Bell release. Since the Board’s decision, there has been significant backlash from the Police Benevolent Association, other unions, Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo. They are demanding that Herman be held indefinitely, the Parole Commissioners who voted for his release be fired, … Continue reading You can help free Herman Bell!

Kill The White Supremacist Inside You

In Margaret Atwood's novel The Robber Bride, we can find the following passage: “Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it's all a male fantasy: that you're strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about … Continue reading Kill The White Supremacist Inside You