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Earlier this year, the My Brother’s Keeper program, a national initiative with the goal of improving the lives of boys and young men of color (specifically Black and Latino youth) was established. The initiative itself is somewhat flawed in that it is perpetuated by a rhetoric that supports white supremacy. While, yes, the fact that the first Black president is coming out with this type of program is eons beyond what we would expect a white president to do for Black and Latino youth, Obama has a peculiar way of going about it. Read More
In August of 2006, a group of African American lesbian women went out for a night on the town in NYC's Greenwich Village area, a well-known historical landmark and haven for the LGBTQ community... or so these women thought. Proud spirits quickly vanished after an instance of homophobic street harassment was initiated by an older man. The threats quickly escalated, resulting in the attempted strangling of two women and then the stabbing of the perpetrator. Although this attack was a glaring moment of self-defense, the media and the law were quick to disagree. Read More
For the passed couple of decades, Native American activists and advocacy groups have been campaigning for Washington D.C.'s NFL football team, The Redskins, to change its blatantly racist name and logo. Although there is a law that prohibits the trademarking of offensive racial terms, all law suits, legal fights, and canvassing have been unfairly ineffective. However, more recently, the battle has gained the national attention it deserves after a California tribe bought airtime during Game 3 of the NBA finals on June 10th. Read More
Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be brown. I knew that going over to my friend's house for dinner meant that my mom would think I was malnourished when I came back. I knew that I dreaded being out in the sun for too long because that meant I got darker, and God forbid I get darker. I knew that I would feel ashamed when my mom talked too loudly in Spanish, or I had to translate for her. Being brown – for me – meant that as a kid, I constantly compared myself to people who were fundamentally different from me. Read More
Two days ago, the Army revised its grooming regulations to prohibit hairstyles specific to black women; although dreadlocks and twists have been disallowed since 2005, these new rules are shockingly strict, banning the growth of natural hair from exceeding 2 inches and braids from being wider than one quarter inch.    Black women make up a whopping one third of females in the military, explains the Georgia National Guard member Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, who has served for 6 years; in protest of the prejudicial regulations, she wrote this petition. Read More