I understand that “White Silence is Violence” but in the aftermath of Charlottesville I haven’t felt like I’ve had much to add to all the noise. I’ve been quiet on social media; I believe in its power to start conversations and shape perspectives, but how much value is there in each person offering their own […]Read more "A Few Thoughts on Charlottesville: There is Only Us"
I’d never experienced racism until I lived on a reservation. It was a wonderfully unique community–governed by Natives, yet three quarters hispanic, and all the more diverse when it came to opinions on race, inequality, and oppression. Most white people live a life devoid of any recognition of their race. Whiteness is largely assumed the […]Read more "Rethinking White Guilt"
I find satire far more informative and enlightening than many forms of communication. At it’s heart, satire is a form of social criticism that aptly ridicules that which is faulty–ergo, it is not only humorous, but it is informative and aims for social change and improvement. It’s incredibly effective communication. Per Wikipedia, “Satire is a […]Read more "The Irony of #CancelColbert"
I’m a few days late in jumping into the firestorm that has been the reaction to Coca Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” commercial, but I’d like to add to the discussion. For those who have not seen it, the commercial features American girls of different ethnic backgrounds singing “American the Beautiful” in nine different languages and can […]Read more "Coca Cola and the Other: Understanding the Backlash"
Football season is over, but the surrounding conversations are not. I’ve already written a pretty extensive blog about the need to change the Washington Football Franchise’s mascot to something less offensive than a racial slur and caricature of a Native American, but with the recent production from the National Congress of American Indians, I wanted […]Read more "Racial Slurs and Caricatures"
Our lives are entirely composed of stories. Our personal stories, the stories that are shared, the television shows we watch and the books we read together make days of our lives. It’s important then to understand how narrative operates. Whenever a narrative is told, it operates under the principle of selectivity. The principle of selectivity […]Read more "Understanding Our History: The Principle of Selectivity"
Today at lunch, a friend of mine brought up the recent Huntington Post article “Here Are The Most Tasteless Mascots You’ll See Outside Of A Redskins Game”. Included on the list are the Coachella Valley Arabs, the Akron East Orientals, and the Robstown Cottonpickers, among others. As Joanna Schroeder from Good Men Project writes, “If you wouldn’t […]Read more "Why Washington Redskins and Others Need to Change Their Mascot"