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!
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
My friend recently told me that her mom was sitting on the train and some white guy told her to move stating that he doesn’t want to sit next to a black person. I was flabbergasted. Trump reallllyyyy making people think this is a safe thing to do? And he was lucky too, ‘cause her … Continue reading The Trump Effect
Hot take: the beauty industry sucks. It sucks because it relies on hype, preys on ignorance, and feeds off of insecurity. The beauty industry propagates damaging standards of appearance and gender expectations, and it makes money off of this. And finally, the beauty industry--like all firmly established industries in the Western world--is deeply racist. In … Continue reading Tarte and the Art of Being So Racist You Don’t Even Realize It
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.
Most people would agree that in 2017 (almost 2018), it feels like we constantly live on the brink of a new age. Technology evolves in lightning speed; revolutions start in seconds; new generations are born and can hardly recognize the ways people used to live ten years ago. Throughout all of this, one certainty remains: … Continue reading Prophesies For The Century
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i18z1EQCoyg Recovering from The Birth of a Nation is no easy task. As the molten anger dries on your cheeks, the message melts into your heart. You could label the film “visceral”, but it would never quite explain the way it wrenches the emotion from a weary soul. It would never quite explain how it … Continue reading The Birth of A Nation
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