ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: The Day I Understood My Privilege

February 16, 2015
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By Shama Nathan     My friend and I sat on his back porch, slithering in the Caribbean heat. We sat in quietness, mostly slapping mosquitoes. “You talk like a white person.” He blurted out. It was not until a few minutes later, that I realize that this is meant to be a compliment. “That’s why you’re smart.” He added, with a grin appearing on his face. I raised...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Are Racial Preferences Racist?

February 13, 2015
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By Denio Lourenco Jr. Everyone has had a time in their life when they have been rejected or turned down by someone they were interested it, even the most “beautiful” of people. These encounters are either dismissed by a simple phrase: “Sorry, I’m not interested.” Or the more common: “You’re just not my type.” However, more often then not the line, “You’re just not my type,” has been used...
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Op-Ed: Nous Ne Sommes Pas Charlie: A Feminist Rejection of “Je Suis Charlie”

February 12, 2015
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By Elizabeth Harwood The January 7th attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is an atrocity.  Yet, it is not only the actions of “terrorists” but also the Western response to the attack that deserves critical attention.  Rather than being met with silent sympathy, massacres are often followed by political opportunism – just look at the gun-control debates that swept the United States after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.  So...
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White Terror: Spirituality, Ancestral Memory and the Politics of Remembering

February 12, 2015
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White Terror: Spirituality, Ancestral Memory and the Politics of Remembering

By Rajanie (Preity) Kumar Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reflecting and analyzing the ways in which the media has taken up the shooting in Paris, France. The sentiments expressed after the shooting in Paris reflect and parallel the response to the shooting in Ottawa, Canada, particularly, Stephen Harper’s anti-terrorism speech that was filled with “Othering” remarks. Drawing from bell hooks, I reflect on what these incidents...
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TFW’s Co-Managing Editor Darnell L. Moore for USA Today

February 11, 2015
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MEET DARNELL. THE 39-YEAR-OLD IS A SPEAKER, EDUCATOR AND WRITER. The four short video segments below are for a special Black History Month Series on modern civil rights leadership conceptualized and published by USA Today. It is an interactive series that includes several others as well. Please be sure to watch those videos too. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4
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Poetry by deborah brandon

February 11, 2015
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on my modern maidenless voyage, i’m stitched onto the sky. the boy next to me on the plane spills his sugar all over the boy beside him. me. a window funneling fire. . AND IT IS WRITTEN: by my mouth. orlando’s neck. hair close-cropped. my fingers in home traveling beside her stranded necklace it’s just sun it’s time for him to look away peeling back clouds sticking them down...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: The Cops Can’t Come Here: How A Predominantly White Institution Is My Safe Haven

February 10, 2015
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By ray(nise) cange Preface:  I started this piece before Mike Brown. Before we were protesting for our rights. I started this one day after running late to work because a cop thought I looked suspicious as I waited for the bus. I started this when I had to sit in a room and comfort a Black boy when his statement “fuck the police” was greeted by whiteness yelling “not...
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Moving Images: On Queerness and Eritrean Identity

February 9, 2015
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By Hel Gebreamlak Masculinity was the last thing I learned how to do. I wasn’t one of those baby dykes who literally knew in utero. I thought girls were cool, and that Xena didn’t need no man because Gabrielle was more than enough. That was about it. I wore dresses. I didn’t mind them. In fact, I had style. My mother always joked about how my dresser drawers were...
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Policing Our Girls, Taming ‘Topsy’

February 9, 2015
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  “Let them haul the little monster out of school and into jail”.  These were the words of a commenter on CNN.com’s site responding to an article on the handcuffing of a six year-old black girl named Salecia Johnson at a Georgia elementary school in 2012.  Disproportionately targeted by zero tolerance discipline policies, black preschool and elementary school children have the highest rates of suspension and expulsion in the...
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Personal is Political: Dismantling Racism and White Supremacy Must Come from Within

February 6, 2015
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Too often when the rubber hits the road with anti-racist white people being held accountable by Black/Latin@/Asian/Indigenous/Arab peoples for their OWN acts of covert and overt racism and white supremacy they retreat, run for cover, opt out of doing the intense-relentless-laborious self work, are in pain, are victims of the mean "Colored" folks who don't appreciate all that they've done (and continue to do) for "Colored" people.
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Divergence

February 6, 2015
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By Brianna Suslovic   You took me to my first protest when I was in the first grade, Mom, a peaceful affair outside the federal building downtown where the cops glared and we chalked the sidewalk, shouting anti-war chants and holding hands.   It was you who fed me the word feminist, and I swallowed it whole, letting it linger on my tongue, sitting delicious as I took it...
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