Tag Archives: Racism

Don’t apologize for your privilege, do something about it

TweetCrossposted at Of Means and Ends. I was at a progressive political event recently and got into a conversation with a young white man who had been thrown off by a presenter’s comment about white male privilege. “I don’t discriminate against anyone,” he said (a whole other issue to examine), and he couldn’t grasp the [...]
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Reclaiming Mother’s Day

Tweet As Mother’s Day approaches, the White Noise Collective is once again faced with more questions than answers about this national holiday with a rich but forgotten history. We all agree that the current mainstream celebration of Mother’s Day — adorned with endless plastic, fuzzy and floral ways to express your annual appreciation to your mother [...]
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Stephen Colbert and the trouble with ironic oppression

TweetThis piece is cross-posted from my blog Introverted Chicago. With the recent announcement that Stephen Colbert will take over The Late Show when David Letterman leaves in 2015, there have been a flurry of jokes about the fact that #CancelColbert seems to have “worked”—albeit in the comedian’s favor. Before the hashtag movement becomes immortalized as [...]
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Nostrand Station

Tweet Brooklyn—Nostrand station, broad daylight. Above ground, overgrown beards or red lipstick holds shaggy hipsters together like central connective tissue. Pinterest-worthy succulents sit in renovated windows, watching abandoned couches decay in the empty lot below. Black and white elbows rub and clank through charming coffee shops or dingy corner stores. Trash bags line the street, [...]
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What’s Worse Than Sexual Objectification?

TweetPicture a strong female. Either a real one that you know, or a character in a story. She has a name, and, please, some defining characteristics and purpose.  Now: objectify her. Thank you. The thought experiment is now over. But one last thing before you go. What did that look like? I am going to [...]
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