Race, Love, Hate, and Me: A Distinctly American Story

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2016-11-29T17:39:11+00:00

Over the past 72 hours I have been attacked with lies by the conservative media, lies that have been picked up by the traditional media and spread further. I have kept silent at the advice of friends and mentors, but I will do so no longer. [...]

Marrow Weary—How Deeply Rooted Racism is in the Fight For Equal Education

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2016-11-29T17:39:11+00:00

A one minute review of the recent events unfolding, as it seems that’s all the time we have left. As of August 30t, 2015, I will no longer be a Local School Council Facilitator, as my medium, and long term goals conflict with this [...]

A Light-Skinned Latina Like Me Will Never Be Able to Live in The Land Of Whiteness

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2016-11-29T17:39:11+00:00

I’ve been told that I’m the ‘good’ kind of Latino because of my skin color What exactly does being a light-skinned Latina mean for me? It means that all at once, I am just dark enough, too dark or not dark enough at all. It [...]

“I’m Now As Poor as I was Before” — Prison-Created Poverty

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2016-11-29T17:39:11+00:00

No one likes to talk about the fact that “doing time” leaves the majority of returning citizens worse off than before they were incarcerated. Prior to my imprisonment, I had a very successful consulting business and I lived a solidly middle-class life. I worked hard, I [...]

I Looked at a Rapist In The Mirror and Saw Him Smiling Back

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2016-11-29T17:39:12+00:00

*This piece has been published with permission of the referenced ex-partner. Other relationships may have been slightly altered to protect specific identities.* The first time I was sexually assaulted I must have been 9 or 10 years old. I was violated by two family [...]

On Bill Cosby, Victim Blaming, and What it Means to be a Rape Survivor

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2016-11-29T17:39:12+00:00

Fourteen years ago, I was raped. It was late fall 2001. I was in the first semester of my 9th grade year in high school. I was14 years old. My parents had just gotten divorced, and I’d recently transferred to a new school district for a [...]