In this spoken word poem, Ela Barton suggests that the hateful sentiment behind Arizona’s SB 1070 law is a frustration about people of color working for themselves and generating inter-community resources, as opposed to subordinately working for white people in positions of power. This policing of race and citizenship protects colonial standards of white supremacy.
Race & Ethnicity
Even with the best of intentions, era-themed parties patronized predominately by white people can be awkward and exclusive for guest of color. This is especially true if the chosen era takes place during a time of blatant racial oppression. Check out this comic to learn more about how these parties can be unintended, yet still harmful, racial microaggressions.
It’s important to let people know when they say or do something racist, but too often we end up telling people they ARE racist instead. This allows them to deflect accountability for their words and focus on defending their character. In this video, Jay Smooth offers strategies and metaphors for how to call people in for their racist actions in a constructive way.
Though America claims to stand for freedom, it reserves that freedom for a small, privileged, and entitled portion of its society. The parents of Black and Brown children, however, have to teach their children how to survive racism and other forms of institutional oppression. In this video, A’Driane Nieves passionately explains what freedom should look like.
Asking someone where they are from or calling them exotic is not a compliment or a sign of your curiosity. Even though it’s so normalized, it’s actually a racialized microaggression that so many people have to experience several times a day, every day. This comic cleverly demonstrates some of the ways Asian women are repeatedly exotified in their day-to-day lives.
Privilege and oppression simultaneously impact our lives in a number of intersectional ways. If we solely focus on our marginalized identities, we give up the opportunity to recognize and interrupt the ways our privileges cause harm to the people we care about. If you’re struggling with recognizing your privilege as a marginalized person, this might serve as a helpful guide.
Transgender women of color are the most targeted victims of violence in the LGBTQIA+ community. This is a feminist issue that cannot be ignored. Why are these women so disproportionately targeted? Watch Laverne Cox explain the unique context behind being a Black transgender woman in the United States and propose a solution for this injustice.
The mainstream gay movement, in cahoots with the US government and the major corporations which fund the government, has co-opted gay equality and anti-hate crime legislation to exploit, harm, and neglect poor folk, trans folk, and people of color. We want to celebrate the gains of the movement, but the question is: At what cost?
People of color are rarely cast as pivotal and protagonist roles in superhero, fantasy, and sci-fi films. When do see them, they are usually portrayed as less-developed, antagonist archetypes. This media bias perpetually regenerates a racialized hierarchy that teaches us to fear people of color while empathizing with and aspiring towards whiteness.
Whiteness is a system that was created for the sole purpose of consolidating power in the hands of a few in the US. And so, we face a choice: continue to invest in white supremacy, which dehumanizes everyone, or stand on the side of justice and regain our humanity. Ask yourself: What are you willing to give? And then check out these four ways to divest from whiteness.