You’ve heard it. You might’ve said it. “I don’t see color.” Or “We’re all just people.” Don’t feel judged if you’ve used a colorblind approach to race – in truth, many of us, especially White Americans, are taught not to talk about race. We need an alternate training, so here are seven lessons this author has learned on the problems with colorblind ideology.
How do you feel about living in a “post-racial” world? It’s a supposedly utopian world where we have magically moved past racial hierarchies and oppressions, and race doesn’t exist. But this author doesn’t want conditions in which racism is constantly perpetuated because we’re unwilling to name it. Read on for the dangers of living in a “post-racial” world.
It’s not easy feeling abandoned for being who you are. In fact, it’s often utterly unbearable. LGBTQIA+ people, particularly youth, are one of the groups most affected by family rejection. And rejection from one’s own family is one of the most painful experiences to endure. Here’s some recognition of you and your struggle, with a few strategies to help you cope.
You’ve had enough of the inaccurate narrative around black male student achievement. Now, get the truth. The false narrative hurts all young men, high school “high achievers” or not, implying that the majority of black boys are hopelessly behind and may never be able to narrow the achievement gap. Let’s rethink the way we use these common “facts.”
It’s not that the misguided ally is a bad person. We know they don’t want to hurt us. But they do. And until misguided allies learn the error in their ways, the true work of activism and allyship cannot be done. Fortunately, there are a few activist communication hacks for dealing with the misguided allies we’ll all inevitably encounter. Read on for five.
Are you the go-to person for friends and family to count on? Do people believe you’ll settle for approval instead of compensation? Then you may be selling yourself short. Many of us, especially women, have been taught that we should work for free because that’s what nice women do. Read on to learn how to stop striving to be indispensable, and be happier for it.
For gender non-binary people, partners can have a big impact on our transitions, for better or for worse. Rejecting our transition is rejecting who we are on a deep and essential level, and supporting us can make all the difference. If you’re a cisgender person in a relationship with a non-binary person, here’s a list of ways to lovingly support your partner.
“You can’t be a feminist and get married!” Ever heard that from someone else or in your own head? The idea that modern marriage excludes feminism is absurd and insulting. You should be free to make your own choices and have a wedding that fits your values, if a wedding is what you choose. Here are some helpful tips to get you thinking about how to make the feminist wedding of your dreams.
Wonder why we talk about race so much? Here’s why anti-racism work isn’t separate from feminist work, but is actually a crucial component to it. These three examples show that we can’t begin to address the experiences of all women until we acknowledge race. Read on to learn more about how we can dismantle oppression by thinking of more than gender in our feminism.
(Trigger Warning: Intimate partner violence, sexual assault) Family violence affects people of all backgrounds. So don’t all survivors deserve support? With her story, one woman exposes the terrible truth about the racism and stigma aboriginal survivors face when they try to pursue safety and justice. Read her powerful story of surviving intimate partner and sexual abuse, and let’s advocate for justice for all survivors.