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What not to wear on Halloween

I’ve spent a lot of time writing about ways we can keep Halloween fun and interesting without relying on the tired old sexist, and sometimes racist, tropes. But it’s worth noting that there are a lot of pitfalls out there, especially if you’re in the market for a pre-packaged costume. Here’s my nominees for the […]

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Solidarity for Women of Color in the Public Eye

This originally appeared on Huffington post. Republished here with permission  Even though Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2013 last week, it seems she just can’t win. The usual suspects on Facebook and Twitter attacked Ms. Davuluri for not being “American enough” because she is Indian. Others showed off their cultural sophistication by mistaking her […]

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Implicit Bias and Trayvon’s Legacy

This pieces was originally posted on the YWCA USA Blog The racial implications of Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s acquittal are undeniable and are commanding a much-needed response. The public debate thus far has focused on overt racism. I contend, however, that overt racism alone didn’t kill Trayvon Martin. Implicit bias was a key […]

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The Deafening Silence of Mainstream Feminism

Most of my friends close and otherwise, are Women of Color. I watch them suffer daily from the threat of street harassment at the hands of men who see them as disposable vehicles for their amusement and sexual advances. No one takes their cries seriously, so they suffer in silence. When they take control over […]

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Joining our Foremothers on the Lincoln Memorial Steps

“We Demand an End to Bias Now!” was inscribed in big letters on the March on Washington rally sign that Bernice Cosey-Pulley, now 86, carried in 1963. She still has two of the rally signs from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom perfectly laminated in her living room, as she told me when I asked her about her experience there 50 years ago.

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The ERA and The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Everyday this week events are being held to commemorate of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of  The March on Washington, which took place on August 28th.  This Saturday, as part of these events a diverse coalition of women’s rights groups are participating in the National Action Network’s “Jobs, Justice and Freedom” rally on August 24th. As Colorlines publisher Rinku Sen wrote on Tuesday […]

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#Solidarityisforwhitewomen and the Importance of being a good ally

I don’t want to talk about the Hugo Schywzer meltdown. If you’d like the specifics of that incident you could go here or here. This is not to dismiss the impetus behind #solidarityisforwhitewomen, nor make light of the way women of color are routinely silenced by academia, mainstream feminism and even their friends and colleagues. […]

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Memo to white feminists re: Hugo Schwyzer

This post speaks to so much I’m feeling right now — my disenfranchisement with mainstream (white) feminist blogs (looking at you Jezebel), a sense of alienation from what I want to write about and what “gets clicks,” narratives like the fuckwit Hugo Schwyzer deal, and yes, even the #solidarityisforwhitewomen hashtag … as chronicled best by this post on The Frisky:

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Post-Zimmerman: How Prejudice Works

This piece was originally posted at the OpED News As more information comes out in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict, it’s becoming clear that a number of factors convened to stack the deck in favor of an acquittal – despite the fact that three out of the six jurors reportedly began deliberations leaning […]

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White Feminists and Trayvon Martin

Gender and racial inequality are intertwined in ways the Trayvon Martin case highlighted. Historically, the safety of White women has been used to justify violence against Black men. We must not tolerate it. Justice for Trayvon Martin is a feminist struggle, and White feminists like me must show up in the fight against the murder of young Black men.

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