Gentrification is the process by which urban renewal displaces a poorer demographic of people with a richer one. That is, what looks at first glance to be great – hip restaurants! luxury apartments! new parks! – is hell for those living in that neighborhood. Watch this video to learn more about what the gentrification of San Francisco’s Mission District has done to those who called it home.
Race & Ethnicity
Ever feel like people treat you the way they wouldn’t want to be treated? Here a chance to recognize that. Some of our cultural norms reveal that many people operate by some pretty messed up double standards. This comic puts those standards side-by-side so we can understand exactly what’s wrong here and do something to make sure we all get the respect we deserve.
You’ve heard about organic food – eating it is good for you and the planet. But what about when you just need to eat because you’re hungry? This spoken word piece tells the story of one of the millions of American children living with the risk of not having food each day. Step into his shoes to understand the bigger picture about economic and food justice.
Have you ever been insulted in a way that felt a little bit racist, but you couldn’t quite figure out why? Were you reluctant to say something for fear of being “too sensitive?” Microaggressions can take a big toll on us as people of color, as we begin to wonder if our own feelings are valid. But there are empowering ways to address microaggressions. Here’s how.
You probably know the internet’s blowing up about Patricia Arquette. She spoke up at the Oscars about a really important issue – wage equality. So why all the criticism? Here’s what you need to know about what’s going on with her and other celebrities who speak up on sociopolitical issues – what she did right, where she went wrong, and why we should call her in.
Have people tried to define your race, make assumptions about your identity, or call you “racially ambiguous?” Your race is yours to determine. In a society that invalidates multiracial identities, reclaiming your identity is both an act of preservation and a political act. So here are some affirmations to help you come back to your own skin, your own identity, your own self.
You’ve heard it. You might’ve said it. “I don’t see color.” Or “We’re all just people.” Don’t feel judged if you’ve used a colorblind approach to race – in truth, many of us, especially White Americans, are taught not to talk about race. We need an alternate training, so here are seven lessons this author has learned on the problems with colorblind ideology.
How do you feel about living in a “post-racial” world? It’s a supposedly utopian world where we have magically moved past racial hierarchies and oppressions, and race doesn’t exist. But this author doesn’t want conditions in which racism is constantly perpetuated because we’re unwilling to name it. Read on for the dangers of living in a “post-racial” world.
You’ve had enough of the inaccurate narrative around black male student achievement. Now, get the truth. The false narrative hurts all young men, high school “high achievers” or not, implying that the majority of black boys are hopelessly behind and may never be able to narrow the achievement gap. Let’s rethink the way we use these common “facts.”
Ever felt the urge to ask “What kind of Asian are you?” Here’s why it’s better if you don’t. And if you’ve gotten that question, here’s a spoken word piece with everything you’ve ever wanted to say in response. This poet unpacks the stereotypes and struggles of his experiences and shows how asking such a question can add to dehumanizing marginalization.