The Starbucks #RaceTogether campaign came and went faster than you could finish a latte. Can we learn anything positive from it? Let’s talk about how you can actually create cultural change around racial justice issues – by starting with your own workplace (and without talking to under-caffeinated strangers). What would you change to make a less oppressive workplace?
Race & Ethnicity
Why do so many people in the US believe myths about Native people? Too many people know little to nothing about Native cultures, and the information’s absent from our schools. That makes it hard to advocate for our issues. So here are answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, to help us move away from harmful stereotypes and into understanding.
We know mainstream porn has some pretty unrealistic images, including false stereotypes. But do you know where stereotypes about Asian sexuality come from, and what they teach us about valuing (and devaluing) Asian bodies? Learn about the disturbing connection to colonization, to see how deep these misconceptions go, and why we must stop the colonization of bodies.
Women can do anything men can do, right? Well, maybe we should ask a different question: How can we base our empowerment of women on something other than the achievements of men? Here’s how how fiction and media like Game of Thrones can reinforce harmful ideas about womanhood or celebrate the power of women. Which would you rather have in a feminist hero?
This author isn’t suffering some tragic confusion. But she has dealt with a struggle that may be familiar if you have a multi-racial identity – the fight to self-determine how she identifies. Read how the US’s socially constructed racial hierarchy plays out for someone mixed with non-white races – and how this author started with herself to change it.
This spoken word piece is called “Unsolicited Advice.” And maybe you didn’t ask for this message, but these words are what every girl and woman needs to hear. Through struggles of abuse, familial mental illness, and racism, Tonya Ingram finds her voice. And in this championship-clinching piece, she’ll show you how, sharing powerful words in spite of unspeakable pain.
You may have heard about the truth behind the “model minority” myth, but have you ever thought about how this myth creates a deceptive picture of Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health? Misconceptions float around both inside and outside of the AAPI community, leaving dangerous gaps in mental health treatment. Here’s why and how we need to fix this.
Wanna find out why “you’re so exotic” is not a compliment? Most of the comments mixed race women get don’t come from a place of malice or hatred, but a lack of understanding. And navigating a multi-racial identity can be hard enough without factors like racism and sexism. So avoid being racially sensitive by starting with Marina Watanabe’s tips on what not to say.
It’s happened again – a Black man, Walter Scott, gunned down by a police officer claiming self-defense. So we’re bound to have the same conversations again, asking: is police brutality about systemic racism or a few bad cops? Rather than going in circles with the same debates, we need to put some harmful, widely-believed myths to rest. Here’s the truth about police brutality.
Why study race? Ask students from various racial backgrounds, and they’ll give you compelling reasons. And for those who teach about issues of race, the evidence of how much it’s needed is overwhelming. But how are public schools really teaching (or not teaching) about race? Find out how and why we must address this huge flaw in our education system.