Intersectionality dictates that experiences will vary based on the intersecting identities of the individuals in play. For queer people, an important intersection is often race, especially as it relates to family dynamics. Check out this video featuring four stories of trials and triumphs that Asian and Pacific Islander members of the LGBTQIA+ community face.
Race & Ethnicity
Let’s face it: Most white people don’t like being accused of racism or hearing that they have white privilege. For too long, whites have only heard about racism in the context of what not to do. Rarely, if ever, do white people hear about how they can be proactive about the issue. But there are simple steps whites can take towards becoming allies, not bystanders.
As a black woman, I feel like there’s this unsaid pressure that I have to limit my sexual actions and expressions simply because there are so many prevailing stereotypes about black women’s bodies. Slavery is regularly employed as a framework to talk about black women’s sexual bodies today. And we need to curb this trend. Here are three reasons why.
There are people who like to believe that because racism has become less glaringly obvious, that it has disappeared. These are the people who claim to be “colorblind,” who start sentences with “I’m not racist, but,” who refuse to acknowledge that racism is a subtle and pervasive phenomenon that they are definitely committing. This hilarious video is for them.
White privilege can be a tricky thing for people to wrap their heads around. If you’ve ever called out white privilege before, chances are you’ve heard responses like “But I’m didn’t ask to be born white!” or “You’re being reverse racist.” The next time that happens, just show the nay-sayer this succinct comic explaining what white privilege is — and what it isn’t.
White privilege is a concept that far too many people misunderstand. People of color aren’t unfairly discriminated against, the argument goes; they are just unwilling to work hard to get ahead. But structural inequality disproves that. Here are just a few of the things that are more than likely to be true if one happens to have been born white in America.
Justice is supposed to be colorblind, especially in America. But is this really true? Simply put: no. Black people in the United States face overwhelming racism within the criminal justice system. This infographic from ArrestRecords.com provides an overview of how black people are disproportionately profiled, arrested, and convicted within the United States.
In many families with African bloodlines, rejection of natural hair is passed down from generation to generation. Mothers teach their daughters to “fix their hair,” and daughters learn to fear for their own children’s hair. Elizabeth Acevedo has had it with this family tradition. Watch her embrace the possibility of having daughters with natural hair in this spoken word poem.
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.
Asian America: It’s a land of stereotypes — at least, according to television and film. Unfortunately, these stereotypes too often fall under the popular radar and aren’t discussed or acknowledged as much as they should be. I want to get the discussion started. I’d like to examine three of the most pervasive Asian stereotypes we see so often in mainstream media.