Have you ever noticed how white people are historically inclined to take what isn’t theirs? Land, religious symbols, dance styles…. If so, you’ve probably heard them say that they “discovered” it, even if it’s existed outside their culture or race forever. Here’s a new term for the phenomenon of discovering things for white people: Columbusing.
Race & Ethnicity
There is a fine line between appropriation and appreciation. That said, there are many ways to truly honor and appreciate each of the 566 unique tribes. We’re just asking people and institutions to stop profiting from stereotypes proven to harm and dehumanize Native people. With that, I give you four ways to honor Native Americans without dehumanizing them.
It’s difficult to have a conversation about white privilege without someone derailing it with claims of “reverse racism.” If you’ve ever heard someone talk about reverse racism (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?), check out comedian Aamer Rahman’s tounge-in-cheek explanation of exactly what would have to happen in order for racism against white people to exist.
Talking about race in America can feel dangerous and overwhelming, but it is important work if we want to truly get to a place where all people are treated as equals. And as with all important conversations, it needs to start with our children. Here are five reasons every parent, guardian, and educator should be talking about race with the children they care for.
Oppression is built into the fabric of our society. Most of the time, we don’t even notice it’s there. The prison system is an excellent example of this. On the surface, things seem fair enough: You commit a crime, you go to jail. Simple. But if you look closely, you can see the ways that we make it a lot harder for marginalized people to stay out of prison.
The police murder of Michael Brown has once again brought the attention of the country to the devastating reality of racist violence and structural inequality. With outrage, grief, and pain all over the country, I’m writing this to white people in particular as a call to action to stand with the people of Ferguson. Here are nine suggestions to help move forward.
In the wake of the death of Michael Brown (and Trayvon Martin, and Eric Garner, and John Crawford…), we must remember that brutality toward Black bodies is nothing new in America. Watch Dominique Christina deliver her outstanding poem about Emmett Till and the particular way that she, as a mother of a young Black man, relates to his murder.
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.
There is a myth that African-American girls generally fare better than African-American boys — that they somehow have it easier. This creates a potentially damaging narrative that may ultimately prevent society from truly empowering these young women. Here are 7 myths that we need to stop repeating when it comes to African-American women and the achievement gap.