Cultural Exports and Extortions: explained by a layman bystander

I’m a second-generation Nigerian-American who has been sheltered their whole life because my parents wanted me to focus solely on my education. Due to my remoteness from my immediate surroundings, I fell in love with stories (be they books, graphic novels, documentaries, or spoken word) and inevitably enamored with the idea that others thought and…

[Repost] LWT: Police

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4cea5oObY Excerpts: "...as we were continuing to boost funding for police and give them more authority we were simultaneously slashing spending on key social services that meant that in many communities, the police were the only ones left to handle almost any issue that people had which is a real problem as this former Dallas…

Mini Takes: NotAllMen and Model Minority

Again and again, I see the same tactics used to silence those who are earnestly trying to talk about issues that they clearly feel strongly about only for others to silence them in the most insulting ways possible. A discussion on the prevalence of inappropriate/criminal behavior towards women is often interjected with the assertion that…

Womens’ Duties: Invisible Burden

We look at economic prosperity in terms of GDP and other means of measuring material production and consumption but this economic production is reliant on a form of work that is invisible to the standards metrics of economic production: reproductive labor. Introduction In "Our Mother's Grief" by Bonnie Dill, she defines reproductive labor as labor…

[Repost] 13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment

https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8 Excerpts: “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people...We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin and then criminalizing…

“I Don’t See Color”: Racism

Personally, few things are more infuriating when you can see that there is a problem and others can also see that there is a problem but the supervisor/teacher/parent/authority figure denies it or just claim not being aware of it. Sometimes, it's laziness. Sometimes, it's an "ignorance is bliss" defense but it is indefensible to those…

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1536504217742391

[Repost] The Green New Deal, Explained

https://youtu.be/GxIDJWCbk6I

[Repost] LWT W/ John Oliver: Voting Machines

https://youtu.be/svEuG_ekNT0

A Million Little Deaths

To the skeptics and the willingly blind, Recently, a friend and I was talking about politics and current events and this phrase was uttered: "I think people are exaggerating. Well, it's not like the world is going to end."Or something to that effect; I don't remember it word-by-word. And immediately, it had a gut-clenching effect…

There's always this nebulous cloud of unease whenever I get invited to a discussion of race and privilege with a white person. At best, they could listen to what's being said and try to understand but at worst, it will devolve into a he said she said where everything is taken as a personal attack or a joke. This article puts that feeling into more definite terms.

Tolerance vs Acceptance

Within the past several decades, as people take an increasingly nuanced look at their identity, many more identities have risen to the public awareness. These different identities aren't new to the human race. There have been many representations of people identifying as queer and transgender etc. since people have existed. Whereas before, Western and specifically…

Othering and Purity Culture

I recently finished Pure, a book about the purity movement in evangelical Christianity (and beyond)and the psychological effects it has left on the generation of girls that grew up under it. It's a really good read and offered me a lot of insight into the minds of a community that I have always had a…

[Repost] Metaphysics and Homophobia

The most persistent forms of bigotry/intolerance are the ones who aren't as overt and comes in the form of microaggressions and exists when society excludes them from social and economic processes (think of Mr Norton from Invisible Man). It mentions in the video that some people, when confronted a subject of controversy like the existence of…

Whitewashing: A Distortion (An Introduction)

Whitewash:a: to gloss over or cover up (such as vices or crimes)b: to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of dataThis is the definition provided by Merriam-Webster and is the most suitable definition for this article.       White-washing is not a racially charged term despite its recent re-introduction with respect to…