In a perfect world, the most qualified applicants would gain the attention of those responsible for filling job openings. But that’s not the world we live in. Something as simple as a non-White sounding name can immediately reduce your chances of getting hired. Watch what happened when one man decided to change only one letter of his resume, going from José to Joe.
Many times when wealthy people move into a low-income neighborhood, they truly want to help. Oftentimes, they even start community programs and become leaders in the community, often through beautification projects. And while I get why this seems to be good at first glance, it really isn’t. Gentrification hurts communities of color, and these are some of the ways how.
The function of the US prison system is to rehabilitate prisoners — or at least it’s supposed to be. Nowadays, it seems like the federal prison system is more devoted to saving money than they are to taking care of inmates. But don’t take our word for it. Watch John Oliver (and special guests) explain just how messed up our prison system has become over the years.
We often discuss class as if it is independent from other forms of oppression. But class is at the heart of feminist work; it’s connected to so many of the other forms of oppression that exist. And not only does it allow these inequalities to exist, but it helped to create them in the first place. Here are seven reasons why class is a feminist issue.
The US justice system is flawed in many ways: disproportionately imprisoning minorities, dealing out harsher sentences for drug possession than rape, violation of international standards of decency. The list goes on. Watch Stephen Colbert expertly explain another flaw with the American justice system: the criminalization of poverty.
When I was applying to engineering schools as a high school senior, I had no idea what I was in for. And the thing is, neither did any of my advisers. Unfortunately, this is the reality of many inner-city urban schools like the one I attended. When it comes to urban youth, we are not providing them with the tools to find success in STEM. But that can change.
When I tell people that I don’t own a car, people treat me differently. They do this because they see me as someone who has chosen to flirt with death. “But isn’t it dangerous in those parts of DC? Aren’t you scared that you will get mugged?” When I travel via public transport, I make a lot of observations. Here are the two most important lessons I’ve learned.
When social justice pages and forums discuss issues in pop culture, one response always pops up: “Why are you discussing this when children are starving in Africa? This is not important. First world problems!” These comments might be well-intended, but ultimately they perpetuate different forms of oppression.
When I do Q&A sessions with young people, a White young person will usually ask, “How do you feel about Affirmative Action? It’s not fair that I will have less of a chance of getting into college because of what happened in the past!” Ask any White person how they feel about Affirmative Action, and you’ll probably hear that it is “unfair.” This is just not true.
About one year ago, I lost my job. The 6 months it took me to find a new position changed me, and maybe more importantly, it informed my feminism. It also brought me face-to-face with my own privilege. Having a “career” instead of a “job” is a privilege. Benefits, health insurance, and a living wage are all privileges, too – and I no longer take them for granted.