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 …

The Audacity we must deal with

One thing that hounds me to my core, is the irony of these people asking why we have to make everything about race. Why we are so inclined to play the victim. Centuries of this particular group of people inventing an elaborate way to stratify the world, having economic, social, political, juridical implications, resulting in … Continue reading The Audacity we must deal with

Guy robs bank…Guess what happens next

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