Feminism | Posted by David G on 01/6/2016
What The Reaction To Sandra Bland’s Case Reveals About White Feminism
Sandra Bland, an African-American woman arrested for failing to use her turn signal, was found dead in her jail cell three days after her arrest in July. On Wednesday, December 23, a Texas grand jury presiding over the case decided not to indict anyone in relation to Bland’s death and protesters — who had previously called for justice in this case — began anew.
Yet a seemingly important group that should presumably also oppose this injustice has seemed to remain quiet: mainstream feminist groups. While activists associated with groups like #BlackLivesMatter have lined the streets, groups focused on gender equality seem to view the issue of police brutality as one related to race and therefore irrelevant. The choice to do so is not just problematic in relation to Sandra …
Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 12/18/2015
The Alleged Racism at a Yale Fraternity Reveals A Much Bigger Problem
A SAE fraternity house.
In November, Yale University’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was accused of denying girls of color entrance into one of their parties. Racial tension was already brewing on Yale’s campus at the time as one university official had recently, controversially responded to evidence of some students’ racist Halloween costumes. Yale recently concluded that girls of color were not denied from the party after all and that some people were turned away because the party was overcrowded. But this incident was all-too believable because it easily fit into a broader trend already evident at fraternities across the country.
While the original Facebook post that exposed the SAE incident is apparently fabricated, it received close to 2,000 likes as well as a plethora of comments from other Facebook
Feminism | Posted by Aph Ko on 12/14/2015
Why Afrofuturism Is a Black Feminist Praxis
Janelle Monae frequently uses Aphrofuturism in her work.
The most suffocating thing about being a black girl in a white supremacist, patriarchal world is the constant reminder that I’m not allowed to define myself. The media constantly reinforces this by failing to imagine black people as anything other than historical slave bodies in the white imagination. I’ve always wanted to imagine and create new social worlds where I could be my own agent, where every second of my life wasn’t a quest to fight white supremacist representations of my body. It turns out I’m not the only one: An entire movement is devoted to this very concept, and it’s called “Afrofuturism.”
Coined in a 1993 essay titled “Black to the Future” by Mark Derry, Afrofuturism centers on the black experience …
Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 09/11/2015
Why We Can’t Simply Ban Microaggressions On Campuses
“Where are you really from?”
“What are you?”
“You don’t look Latina.”
“Microaggressions” are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color,” according to Buzzfeed. Though they have certainly persisted for some time, it seems there is a more recent, growing movement to push back on this phenomenon: Many colleges and universities specifically have been working towards addressing and eradicating them.
But considering that microaggresions aren’t isolated actions but a form of racism, banning them may be ineffective. As one study published by the Teachers College at Columbia University found, racism is “more likely than ever to be disguised and covert” and has evolved from the “old fashioned form” …
Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 07/30/2015
Black Women and Violence in America: #SayHerName
#SayHerName protest in Union Square, New York City.
In recent years, the media has arguably made the racial violence African Americans continue to experience in the post-Civil Rights era — especially at the hands of law enforcement — more visible than ever before. But while this increased coverage is commendable, it often overlooks the violence African American women specifically face, including their experience of double marginalization as the subordinate gender of an already belittled race.
Some cases of female victims of police brutality have notably, and rightfully, garnered media attention, including Natasha McKenna, a 37 year old woman who was restrained and violently tasered by 6 police officers until she died; Renisha McBride, who was shot by a white man after she crashed her car on a street in …
Feminism | Posted by Sharmee S on 04/13/2015
Why I Bought Skin Lightening Cream At 11 Years Old
One brand of fairness cream
I was 11 years old when I succumbed to buying my first tube of “fairness” cream. It was right after a popular boy teased me by calling out “Weh blackie” to me.
Before he teased me, I internalized most of my negative feelings about my dark skin. As a second generation Indian, I felt the influence of the inhumane Indian caste system which idolizes those with fairer skin. Lighter skinned individuals are considered superior within this system and those with darker skin are regarded as dirty, useless and — especially in the case of darker women — less desirable. This boy’s remark, though, was the first time I felt so deeply humiliated. I felt hatred and disgust towards my skin.
Although I was lucky enough …
Feminism | Posted by Anonymous on 04/8/2015
My Mixed Race Features Are Not Pieces of a Puzzle
I identify as mixed-race
What Are You?
I find myself being asked that question more often than I like to admit. It takes many forms, broken down and built back up again, that same old question rattling around in my head like a single penny in a tin can. It makes so much noise, demanding attention. It’s a person’s desperate attempt to make sense of my loose curls, almond shaped eyes and light complexion. That strong human instinct to organize and categorize, coming from the depths of a person’s consciousness, causing many people to squint and nod their head as they try to piece my features together like a puzzle.
Telling people this makes most people smile as they are finally able to put me in a category. …
Feminism | Posted by Carolina G on 03/16/2015
If You’re Latina, Then Why Are You White?
A few weeks ago, I was at a party with a few of my friends. I had been casually using a new dating app and had been talking to a guy that seemed pretty nice. He mentioned that he happened to be out in the same area, so I told him where I was, figuring we could have a drink. He arrived with a few of his friends and I said hello. The first words out of his mouth? “False advertising. You’re not Latina.”
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Sofia Vergara
I wish I could say this surprised me but it really didn’t. Ever since I joined the world of online dating, my ethnicity is question
You may be thinking, “Oh, a white girl is complaining about being white.” That’s not the …