Category: race

Halloween Cultural Appropriation

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Halloween’s coming, and that means it’s time for some good old fashioned American racism. Basically, white people think it’s okay to don the costumes or likenesses of non-white people. Lest I be accused of reverse racism, I’ll explain. White people…

Looking at Baltimore

John Brucato, B-More Graffiti http://flic.kr/p/4RmYGM

The protests in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death have exposed, again, the roil of racial tension America prefers to ignore. Pundits argue about rioters and protestors, thugs and n*ggers. We fixate on a black woman hitting her son to…

On the Funeral of Walter Scott

AFP Photo, Jim Watson

Every mother experiences that startling moment: the rush of wonder, the bone-deep love when she looks her baby in the face for the first time. It comes, most often, after a long labor, then a sharp catch and drop and…

Tiana’s in the Ghetto

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Yesterday, I was racist. I had found a meme I thought was both funny and socially aware: a drawing of the non-white Disney Princesses advocating for social causes. I posted it to my Facebook page, and many of my (white)…

The Violence of Colorblindness

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Every time racial issues arise, parents like you come out of the woodwork. You mean well. You say it on every article about race: “I’m raising my kids to be colorblind,” you insist. “We don’t see race,” you tell us.…

Peter Pan and the Roots of Racism

It seems trivial now. Amid the ugly roil of Ferguson, the choking brutality of our police forces, the I-can’t-breathe, serve-and-protect, hands-up-don’t-shoot rhetoric of an increasingly angry protest movement, talking about Peter Pan seems faintly ridiculous, if not outright offensive. “Let…