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
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
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?
A - Articulate "Usually you don't find Black people as articulate and well-spoken as you are." Meaning - I'm impressed that you speak English the same way I do. Usually Black people speak with those funny ghetto accents. But you sound really educated and upper class. B - Black-on-Black "What about Black-on-Black … Continue reading An Alphabetical Guide to What White People Mean When They Say …
Recently I read an article posted on BET that declared “Guess what? There’s no such thing as natural hair”, and I didn’t know how to feel.The article argued that instead of dying for the perfect straightness, we are now just dying for the perfect curl, essentially trading one set of beauty ideals for another. It … Continue reading In Defense of the Natural Hair Movement
I wear the color of my skin like armor. Like a knight caught in constant battle, I fight not only for my individualism, but for recognition as a human being every day. People all over the world say that they are tired of hearing about the struggles of black people; they’re tired of hearing about … Continue reading To be black in South Africa
A thief walks into a bank. He goes up to the teller, hands her a piece of paper on which he’s scrawled “I have a gun, give me your cash.” The teller immediately gives him approximately $3000USD in cash. The thief then strolls over to a seat in the lobby and engages the security guard … Continue reading Guy robs bank…Guess what happens next
Part 1 - For White People Part 2 - For Black People (coming soon!) (Yes you can read both. This ain’t apartheid South Africa. ) PART 1 While waiting for the train in the small town of Sete, Southern France, I broke into song, as I tend to do sometimes. “I see you driving … Continue reading The Nuances of the N word