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“Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.” — June Jordan
I am always fascinated by the lives and legacies of those individuals who received no mention in my public school history classes. The people whose contributions were not considered grande enough to merit recognition. Even at the collegiate level, many names are left off the list of great thinkers and contributors to Black history, queer history, American history, world history.
June Jordan, in my opinion, is a name that has not been said enough.
Jordan was born in Harlem in 1936 to two Jamaican immigrant parents…
“Just tell me yes or no.”
That was the third interruption the psychiatrist made as I tried to elaborate on the question she’d given me. Her tone suggested it ought to be the last.
The question had been: “Have I cried more than once in the past month?”
It was a tricky question. Psychiatry evaluations are often like this — complex questions demanding black-and-white answers. …
For everything from weight loss to language learning, there’s someone on the internet somewhere promising to teach you how to do it in three weeks or less. And for the past year of so, essentially since the murder of George Floyd, I’ve been seeing various iterations of the “21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge.”
Before I lay in, let me just say that the content is not my issue. The information contained in most of these programs is actually very good. Getting people to engage critically with hard data about racial disparities, privilege and discrimination is a good…
I’m new to celebrating Juneteenth. Like a lot of people, I didn’t grow up with it marked on the calendar the way the 4th of July has always been. My family never mentioned it, and I didn’t learn about it in school. But I suppose that’s par for the course when it comes to Black history, huh?
Juneteenth is the celebration of the freedom of the last of the enslaved African Americans that took place on June 19, 1865 — notably two full years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into order. …
Cue the rainbows! It is, by most accounts, the most excellent time of year to be queer. Yet in the last few weeks of May, I started seeing a lot of what can only generously be called “concern” from many people as things gear up for the various demonstrations and events taking place around the world this month. Unfortunately, a lot of it was the same garbage that comes up every year.
As much as I cherish Pride, each year it brings up several displays and discourses that are better left dead and buried. …
Everybody wants to be a feminist.
Well, no, that’s not exactly true. But a lot more people than ever before seem keen on adopting the label. Results from a 2020 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center indicate that 61% of American women identify with the term “feminist.”
But that begs the question: Exactly what kind of feminism are these women championing?
Here are the four regrettably common approaches to feminism worth avoiding if your goal is to help transform society into a more equitable place for all human beings:
Like all things in our society, whiteness tends to take…
For ages, the primary legal and social rejection of queerness was based on the idea that it was depraved. Lewd. Morally bankrupt. A sign of the devil. Whatever you want to call it, straight people decided it wasn’t right. Queer people have been marked as an affront to Christianity, human decency, and the “natural order” long before we started donning rainbows and dancing on parade floats.
“Gay men are child molesters. Trans people are mentally ill. Bisexuals are greedy sluts.”
We get it. …
As a writer, I get my fair share of notes and emails from people asking if they can use my work. “I want to help amplify your message!” They usually have a specific idea in mind for how they want to do that, with little to no input from me on the matter. More often than not, that idea is to take one of my articles and reproduce it word-for-word on their own website or for some publication they work for. “Of course, I’ll add a note to indicate that you wrote it.”
The hardest part about this…
Anti-bullying campaigns are often cheesy, hollow, and unsuccessful companions to zero-tolerance policies. In fact, a research study involving 7,000 students between the ages of 12–18 found that those attending schools with anti-bullying programs actually experienced more bullying than those who didn’t.
How is it possible that schools are spending so much time and resources, in some cases millions of dollars, on such ineffective initiatives?
A typical anti-bullying video will often feature a “regular” kid. Someone anyone could conceivably identify with and feel sympathy for. The child is usually white, able-bodied, with no discernible markers of a marginalized identity. They are…