Category Archive: Race

On Learning and Unlearning

I remember passing our lunch lady–the nice one with a big bleach-blond afro. She was perched on an elementary-school-sized desk, eyes fixated to the television. I glanced at the screen on the way… Continue reading

Stuff White People Like #1863

“It is well that war is so terrible, lest we should grow too fond of it.” ~ General Robert E. Lee There I sat: sun burning my neck, sweat pouring down my face,… Continue reading

Brooks Better Not Come Back

Every time a new season of the Bachelorette starts, I tell myself that I won’t watch this season—that I won’t give in to the trashiness and the petty drama which is the Bachelor.… Continue reading

Owning Up To The Age Old Excuse

A few days ago,  I was having a conversation with an older gentleman. He was friendly and very interested in my studies, but every now and then he would interject some racist slur… Continue reading

Until the Cops Come Knocking

“Fuck the police coming straight from the underground/ A young nigga got it bad ‘cause I’m brown/ And not the other color so police think/ They have the authority to kill a minority”… Continue reading

Does My Hair Bother You?: Part 1

“It’s AMAZING that it’s considered revolutionary to wear my hair the way it grows out of my head…” – Tracie Thoms I don’t wear my natural hair because I want to join the… Continue reading

The Legal Limits of Racism

When I heard the news that the Food Network decided not to renew Paula Deen’s contract after she admitted to making racist comments, I was happy. Not because she used racial slurs, of… Continue reading

Brown Eyes, Brown Mind: What We Learn from What We See

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models.” – James Baldwin, “Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A… Continue reading

Take My People to the TOP

“…but what I really want to do is help the black people, especially the young black girls…” Did she just say that? Wait, can she say that? Is she wrong for feeling that… Continue reading

The Race for Honors

Over graduation weekend, it was pretty common to see people weighed down by massive numbers of honor cords hanging around their necks. This is a mark of respect at Gettysburg College, so students… Continue reading