I mean really, could Dove ask for any more amazing publicity than we are already giving them? All these memes, these tweets, this entire cultural reference we have made their controversial ad into. We’re doing it with the intent of mocking or ridiculing them to shame, all the while calling for a boycott, but what … Continue reading When Representation is Not Enough
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
It's more than just a ridiculously expensive political stunt. It's a deliberate attack on the fledgling modern civil rights movement. And it's a strategic defense move by the puppet of the White Supremacist Extraordinaire himself. On Sunday, October 8th, Vice President Mike Pence attended a football match between the Colts and the 49ers. Quarterback Colin … Continue reading Dumb as a Pence – VP spends $250,000 tax payers’ dollars to shade racial justice
I've flipped open my laptop screen today to write about a brand of soap that has been causing considerable offense lately. Twitter has had a lot to say about Dove and their advertising campaigns: This wouldn't be the first time a major beauty brand fumbles when it comes to racial representation (see … Continue reading Dove – What’s In A Name?
In India, racism starts in the house, much before the streets. A baby is born and all eyes are glued to the baby's color (let's not stray to the gender part, as it is another big issue). A 'black sheep' in a family of 'fair' men and women still raises eyebrows. Before moving on from … Continue reading Not ‘fair’: Indians and their craze for a fairer skin
Here's a sequence of images: At the top we have Donald Trump posing with his young daughter, Ivanka. Then we have a picture of Republican politican Newt Gingrich with his wife, Callista. The third photo is a family picture of the Duggars, the family made famous by their TV show, 19 Kids And Counting. What … Continue reading The Fundamental Creepiness of White Americans – A Review of Get Out
Colin Kaepernick still has not been signed to an NFL team nearly 14 months after his first protest. But he has busied himself with several charitable projects, including founding the Know Your Rights Camp to educate youth on their legal rights. He has effectively won both the adoration and ire of a nation, garnering support … Continue reading The Kaepernick Effect
In the current climate, where people liken Black Lives Matter to the KKK, the truth becomes difficult to parse. The glamor of hyperbole and exaggeration takes the place of nuanced discussion and complexity. One of the most prevalent indications of this flight from complexity is the idea that you must pick one ideological side and … Continue reading Standing With Black Lives Matter Does Not Mean Standing Against Cops
Image: Martin Luther King getting arrested in Montgomery in 1958 In his speech at the 11th Annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the following: "I’m concerned about a better World. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood and sisterhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is … Continue reading The Role of Love in Advancing Civil Rights
JayZ’s musical offering "The Story of O.J.", from the album 4:44, harnesses the powerful impact of minstrel cartoons to comment on the complexity-or lack thereof-of racial identity. It is an homage to black resistance, featuring the legendary musician Nina Simone, and flashing iconic images such as Huey Newton as the Founder of the Black Panther … Continue reading Are We Still Niggas? It depends on Who you ask.