We Have To Stop Empathizing With Oppressors

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

Five Things Non-POC People Can Do To Be Better Allies

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

This White Person Says: Please Stop Saying “Not all White people”

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”

The Language of Racism in Brazil

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

Dove – What’s In A Name?

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?

We Need To Move Beyond Partisanship

Do you identify as a liberal or a Democrat? Do you identify yourself as a conservative or a Republican? Do you identify as neither, and call yourself an Independent? Or perhaps you're a Libertarian. Or a fiscal conservative but a social liberal, or vice versa. What are you? Everyone identifies as something. If you don't, … Continue reading We Need To Move Beyond Partisanship

White Guilt Is Useless

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 Machinations of White Supremacy

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

A Stranger’s Reflections on White America

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

An Alphabetical Guide to What White People Mean When They Say …

    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 …