The White Lie of Post-Racial America

By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 I'm staring bleary-eyed at my television, listening to the news anchor tell me that yet another police officer will not be charged in the death of another person of color. I slump in my chair, emotionally fatigued by the injustice, horror, and blatant racism at play. Racism is so interwoven into our … [Read more...]

Working While Black: 10 Racial Microaggressions Experienced in the Workplace

By Dr. Robin Boylorn for The Crunk Feminist Collective, cross-posted with permission I have worked, on and off, since I was fifteen years old. My summer office job financed the name brand school clothes my mother couldn’t afford and grounded me in the work ethic I learned from watching the women in my family go to work from sun … [Read more...]

The Accidental Racism of Matthew McConaughey’s Redskins Nostalgia

By Olivia A. Cole for The Daily Dot, with permission Too many conversations destined for doom begin with sentences like this: "We were all fine with it back in the good old days!" Matthew McConaughey has found himself bathed in unwelcome limelight after expressing something similar: his desire for the Redskins' mascot (which has … [Read more...]

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?

By Kat Lazo for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission Halloween is a holiday about glorifying all things spooky and scary, a day to dress up in a costume for the sake of having fun. Unfortunately, sometimes the "fun" comes at the expense of others, and the scariest thing is how rampant racism is on Halloween. Before … [Read more...]

Maroon 5’s “Animals”—How Cultural Stereotypes Mask the Message

By Allison Epstein It would take some searching to find an American with a radio who hasn't heard a song or two off V, Maroon 5's latest album. It's packed with the kind of earworm tracks that wiggle into your head and refuse to leave. Full disclosure: "Maps" has been stuck in my head since about mid-August. But with the release … [Read more...]

Violence against Indigenous Women: Fun, Sexy, and No Big Deal on the Big Screen

By Elissa Washuta This piece originally published on Tumblr and cross-posted with permission The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, a member of Sagkeeng First Nation, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg on August 17. Her murder has brought about an important conversation about the widespread violence against First … [Read more...]

For Michael Brown and Ferguson: Facing White Fears of Blackness and Taking Action to End White Supremacy

By Criss Crass at Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission The police murder of Michael Brown and the courageous resistance of his family and the Black community in Ferguson, Missouri, have once again brought the attention of the country to the devastating reality of racist violence, structural inequality, and the need … [Read more...]

America Still Doesn’t Get It: White, Blue-Eyed, and Thin IS the Universal Standard of Beauty

By Alana de Hinojosa Earlier this month, journalist Ester Honig had what seemed to be a pretty good idea. Having stumbled upon Fivver, a freelancing platform that connects freelancers around the world for a variety of tasks, Honig decided she'd send a makeup-free picture of herself to 40 individuals in 25 countries with one … [Read more...]

Addressing Privilege: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Necessary

By Allison Epstein, Associate Editor In my younger days, the big fads were slap bracelets and Pokémon cards. Today, it’s Buzzfeed quizzes. There’s a quiz on everything, from “Which One Of Jesus’ Disciples Are You?” (Saint Andrew) to “How Many Life Skills Do You Have?” (52/100, so apparently it’s a miracle I’ve lived to 22). But … [Read more...]

Lupita Nyong’o and the Evolving Paradox of Black Femininity

By Hannah Giorgis This piece was originally published at Youngist.org and can be read in its original context here. It’s no secret that I am a Lupita Nyong’o fan girl. She is gorgeous, graceful, and certifiably ***flawless. The actress gained worldwide attention for her heart-wrenching portrayal of the enslaved Patsey in … [Read more...]