“I’m not used to your hair being like that. It reminds me of Angela Davis.”

Black women who choose to wear their hair in its natural state have heard it all, from being accused of fighting against whiteness’ subjugation to just following yet another fashion statement. We’ve been reduced to marginalized pets, with people wanting to touch and feel our tresses, and to stereotypes of radical black women trying to […]

“If he had answered him in the appropriate manner,…there wouldn’t be any problem.”

Editor’s note: I meant to publish this on Friday, but I got sidetracked by a night in the ER and a busy weekend.  Those were the words of Frank Taaffe, a friend of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin after a confrontation with the unarmed black teen. Taaffe (left) last week went […]

White Women Against the Cruelty of Black Men

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5ege6tcAFA The video, meant to be satire, above explores the relationship dynamic between black men and women and how white women, whiteness in particular, often view their interracial relationships with black folks as one in which they are saving us colored folk from despair. I can’t help but to give a partial side eye to […]

Anti-racist billboards spark outrage

Some residents in the overwhelmingly white city of Duluth, Minn., are up in arms over Un-Fair Campaign‘s anti-racist billboard blitz. One billboard residents are greeted with include: The organization has partnered with a number of organizations to promote its message. The campaign’s supporters, including mayor Don Ness, have taken a lot of heat for the […]

Before diversifying, white LGBT groups need to check their privilege

The Advocate published an opinion piece by Jimmy Nguyen, which calls for LGBT groups to consider diversifying their leadership. Part of the piece reads: At the executive director position, LGBT groups have historically been led almost exclusively by white men.  A step down at the board level, gay non-profits have tried for years to recruit […]