Racial Sellouts

Earlier in the semester, we discussed how, to be accepted into the white society, many prominent black figures have had to compromise aspects of their blackness. We named people like Barack Obama and Oprah, who have had to “soften” lots of the statements they have made and actions they have taken when racial politics are concerned. Continue reading


How Immigrants Fall Under the Spell of American Racecraft

My father, as I wrote in one of my earlier blog posts, is an immigrant from Ecuador. There is certainly racism in Latin America, though due to the widespread mixing between Spanish colonizers, Amerindian native people, and African slaves, race and racism are totally different ballgames in Latin America. Continue reading

From White to Woke

Before I get started, I want to clarify that being white does not automatically make someone un-woke, and being non-white does not always make someone woke. My title is simply addressing those white people who are not woke, and for whom the journey to wokeness may be complex since they probably do not and will not face the racial oppression that many people of color do. Continue reading

Why Aren’t Our Tears Enough?

This post was inspired by Bryan’s post “Bryan’s Question Corner #5.”

As I drifted through various conversations during the weekend of the Amherst Uprising, I heard many encouraging thoughts and realizations emerge from the mouths of my white friends and peers. Some of my white classmates, however, were stuck on the fact that they could not relate to the emotional pain expressed by so many students of color who spoke up in Frost during the first few hours of the Uprising. Continue reading

Give the Bindi Back

The bindi is a well-recognized symbol of Hinduism worn by women across the world. In Hindu tradition, the area between the eyebrows is considered the site of “concealed wisdom” and of the third eye, an important Hindu concept. In recent years, the bindi has become a fashion accessory outside of the Hindu community. Continue reading