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
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.
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
If you identify as White, whatever your ethnicity, please don't feel guilty for your skin color. Lately it seems that the only conclusion I see people drawing from conversations about race and discrimination is that people with White skin should feel guilty for having White skin. I am here to tell you that this is … Continue reading White Guilt Is Useless
These days, it doesn't take much to encounter evidence of the fact that we in the West are living in a White supremacist's world. Take this snippet of conversation from a right-wing extremist on 4chan. The screenshot below appeared on the Black Revolution's Twitter timeline: It says: "Don't get trapped in an echo chamber where … Continue reading The Machinations of White Supremacy
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