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!
As the the black man continuously strives to promote his identity, balancing and equating himself amongst the races of humanity as we all run towards betterment in life, it must be stated that the black woman in turn has not just fought beside her man, but also confronted various challenges from within her territory on … Continue reading An African speaks on the state of the African Diaspora
When I found out Prince Harry was dating a black girl, I was lowkey excited. Are the times a-changin’? I wondered. I kept track of the story, very casually, and as their relationship progressed, I was rooting for them to make that marriage happen. So much so that I actually purchased a hardcopy magazine for $4.99 … Continue reading Meghan Markle: Black or Mixed?
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”
We've reached a point in Western political discourse where you're either against the cause of racial justice and equality or you're not. You either feel threatened by the empowerment and enfrachisement of people of color or you feel supportive of it. While many people (including allies) claim to stand for justice and equality, they forget … Continue reading Five Things Non-POC People Can Do To Be Better Allies
Sometimes, during my daily forays into Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, I wonder why people get angry at certain things and not at others. Obviously, emotional triggers depend on a range of factors. Personally, my blood tends to boil much faster if I am hungry, tired, or upset. The objects of my anger also tend … Continue reading This White Person Says: Please Stop Saying “Not all White people”
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
The first time I can remember experiencing racism was in Switzerland. My family, as well as my friends and their families, were skiing, and decided to stop for lunch at one of the restaurants on the mountain. At the table next to us, several Englishmen were waiting for their food. When we received our order … Continue reading “Racism doesn’t happen in Scotland” – they said.