Race Filter
  1. Dear HBO: About that Alt-Reality “Confederate” Show

    From Michael W. Twitty: “Your show concept is cool until we begin to think of all the other alt-history moments that would be equally provocative but seem unimaginable because of our addictive, national obsession with structurally racist ideas.”

    Commentary
  2. Atlee

    “It was only in getting back into baseball cards that I realized that there were a couple of years in the late 1980s when my classmates had accurately identified a mixed-race adult for me to look like.” Nick Vossbrink at njwv writes about dealing with the “what are you?” question while growing up.

    Culture
  3. White Women In Robes 

    “White women in robes are marching in the streets again, and they are still leaving people of color behind.” Sherronda J. Brown discusses how eugenics, reproductive rights, white feminism, and white supremacy are historically and intricately connected.

    Commentary
  4. Black Lives Matter

    Learn about the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and how to get involved at its official site.

    Current Events
  5. “Names have power.”

    Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, a writer and linguistic anthropologist, reflects on the power of names to shape our identity — and to highlight both privilege and discrimination.

    Commentary
  6. Barbara Jane Reyes

    “I believe when a Pinay writes, and she is the subject of her own narratives, then she is subverting those master narratives which have figured her as a voiceless and passive object.” Filipina author, poet, and professor Barbara Jane Reyes blogs about literature, poetry, politics, and more.

    Authors
  7. 10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away

    Not Your Average Indian suggests that you should bypass Joseph Boyden for deserving Indigenous authors.

    Identity
  8. One day he went to an orthodontist, paid in advance, and sent a note home to her parents suggesting they get her braces, all expenses paid. One day she showed up on the bus and beamed her sparkly new braces at him, and handed him a pie that her mother had made.

    Family
  9. What the Nobility of Policing Requires

    A retired police sergeant on the need for the force to police itself more effectively: “Whether it’s a willful blind eye or an increasing tendency to conjure up some false equivalency in our collective hearts, we have created a situation where bad behavior lives within our ranks.”

    Current Events
  10. This is just how white supremacy works. Without vigilance, it seeps into everything: like an overlooked red sock that stains the whole laundry load pink. That one red sock that makes my whites look as if, pre-wash, I had soaked ’em all in blood.

    Current Events
  11. Finding Michelle Kwan: A Black Boy’s Childhood on Ice

    “What attracted me to figure skating was the space it granted me to be the boy I was meant to be, which is not the boy the world wanted me to be, or thought I could be if I was to thrive.”

    LGBTQ
  12. Why We March: Reflections from Women’s Marches

    Millions of people marched on January 21, 2017, to oppose the new Trump administration in the US — and wrote about (or photographed or sketched) the experience.

    Current Events
    The National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the Women's March on Washington (photo from four twenty nine).
  13. My ancestors survived colonization and all I got was this lousy eye twitch

    A medical condition requiring botox sends the author — a young indigenous woman — deep into an unfamiliar, unwelcoming space: a cosmetic surgery office.

    Health
  14. “Responsibility does not just lie with the writer, because literature is, at its very heart, a collaborative effort. The reader is complicit in the creation of the story, bringing their own prejudices and ways of seeing the world.”

    Fiction
  15. “We Need to Be Braver”: Voices for Diversity in 2016

    The past year has seen its share of struggles — and of important, tough conversations.

    Autism

    Protesters after a rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo courtesy of NativeinDC, from "We Are What Our Ancestors Prayed For."