Top Ten Ways Understanding Racism is Like A Receiving a Bad Health Prognosis

The Friday before couldn’t have been described as anything other than ordinary. I hit the snooze button on the first three alarms before waking up in a panic. I scrambled to shower, to get dressed, to grab food, and to successfully catch the 7:17 train. I ate half a blueberry muffin on the way there … Continue reading Top Ten Ways Understanding Racism is Like A Receiving a Bad Health Prognosis

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Perspectives on Race #7: Vern From New Jersey, “Just My Thoughts”

What frustrates you the most about racism and/or racists? Vern: That they’re not willing to look at the other side. If you have a point of view about something—understand that someone else has a different point of view. It’s impossible for there to only be one point of view on anything. And for that point … Continue reading Perspectives on Race #7: Vern From New Jersey, “Just My Thoughts”

Perspectives on Race #6: James, From Trinidad

How would you describe yourself? James: When describing my background, I often mention that my four grandparents were from four countries-- Trinidad, Grenada, UK and Venezuela. Mixed is a powerful enough word for me. Trinidad is a very mixed and mixed-up place where national identity is tied to inclusive cultural celebrations and identifications. What are … Continue reading Perspectives on Race #6: James, From Trinidad

Perspectives on Race #4: Cat, On Checking Both Boxes

Is there anything you’re curious about regarding someone else’s race? Cat: “Most of my questions are for people who are monoethnic/ monocultural/ monoracial, and I honestly don’t think they can be answered. I just wonder a lot what it feels like to have a place you can go home to where there is shared context … Continue reading Perspectives on Race #4: Cat, On Checking Both Boxes

Perspectives on Race #3: Anonymous in Maryland

How would you describe yourself? Anonymous: Muslim. How would you define racism? Anonymous: Allowing fear and ignorance to define how you judge people, based on their skin color, before you even get to know anything about that particular person. Photo by Janko Ferlic from Pexels Name: Anonymous Race: Black or, if they make me do it, … Continue reading Perspectives on Race #3: Anonymous in Maryland

Perspectives on Race #2: Jamie, From the Midwest

How would you describe yourself? Jamie: "White American with strong connection to my German heritage, as many of our customs/language stem from my grandparents’ German upbringing. I’m also '25% Irish' according to my dad’s family, but aside from my last name and a few small things, there’s not much impact in my life from it. … Continue reading Perspectives on Race #2: Jamie, From the Midwest

From Outrage to Reform: On Race, Power, and Privilege (and sometimes love)

"Don't take this the wrong way," she looked up at me quizzically, "but what is your blog actually ABOUT? It kinda seems all over the place. From outrage to reform?" she laughed nervously. I smiled. On Comedy Central, there's a sketch by Key and Peele that I absolutely love. "Luther" as we call him, is a living, … Continue reading From Outrage to Reform: On Race, Power, and Privilege (and sometimes love)

What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?

What did you learn this week that you didn't know before, sincerely? 1. I learned that Malay is among the top ten in a list of the languages most widely spoken around the world. Sadly, not only did I not know it was spoken by so many people (approximately 281 million), I had actually never … Continue reading What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?