I Don’t Act Like An ‘Angry Black Woman’ – But I’m Read That Way If I Broach Race

2016-11-29T17:39:10+00:00

“Why are you so angry?” my mother asked me during her recent visit to Brooklyn. It’s the first time my mother has ever asked me that question, and I know that she is lovingly unaware of its ramifications as a nocuous cliche, despite its power as [...]

White On Paper

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

In June, Rachel Dolezal, an activist and former president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, was outed by her parents as being a white woman. She later left the organization. And just yesterday, Shaun King, an activist affiliated with the Black [...]

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

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

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 [...]