So You’re Horrified By What Happened in Ferguson: What Are You Doing About It?

August 18, 2014
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Ferguson Day 4

If you are still trying to admit defeat in the face of racism, you aren't reading enough people of color. Until they give up, you don't get to.
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Meme what you say, say what you meme: What kind of Asian woman am I? A good one gone bad

August 16, 2014
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j. mijin cha

By J. Mijin Cha As I was sitting through the second excruciating hour of my first Tinder date, I couldn’t help thinking: How did I end up here, sitting across a white man who wouldn’t stop mansplaining about the difference between Japanese and Korean culture? More important, how had I so internalized social norms about how I should be acting that I couldn’t bring myself to up and leave? There...
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Dancing while Laying Dead in the Street

August 15, 2014
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By Wade Davis II and Michael Jennings  The poet Claude McKay wrote a poem called “The Lynching” where he vividly describes the lynching of a black man and says, And little lads, lynchers that were to be, Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee. We thought about that line and the history of lynching as we read about the police shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed college bound...
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Baby Gammy and the Problem of Women’s Labor

August 15, 2014
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Interracial Adoption

It is typically poor and/or women of color who bear the brunt of...contracted out reproductive labor. They bear the brunt of our burdens—we are parasitic and reliant upon their labor.
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Anti-Feminists and the Continued Backlash Against Suffragettes

August 14, 2014
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By Tiffany Lamoreaux Last week this lovely gem made its way around my internet feeds. The Buzzfeed list features 14 women, holding up signs that note why they “do not need feminism.” These pictures were posted on the Facebook page “Women Against Feminism,” and are meant to mockingly mirror an ongoing feminist campaign that asks women to name the reasons they need feminism (still). To generalize, the common threads found...
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Op-Ed: The NFL’s Response to Violence Against Women: Why One Fan Won’t Watch This Year

August 13, 2014
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NFL

This is an issue of basic human dignity and respect. I, as a man, am perfectly capable of not beating up my wife and children. Most men are.
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An Open Letter to the loved ones of those we lost….

August 12, 2014
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Michael Brown

By Douglas Ramsey and J. T. Roane Dear Lesley McSpadden, Esaw Garner, Monica McBride, loved ones of Domonique Newburn as well as the countless others of us who have in the last year lost someone dear to unfathomable violence: Your cries have touched our collective soul. The endless tears that come with such loss join a flood that could easily drown America given that so many of us have...
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In Support of Professor Steven Salaita: A Letter to Chancellor Phyllis Wise

August 12, 2014
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robin

By Robin G. Kelley  Dear Chancellor Wise, Please do not ignore or delete this letter, or have your administrative assistant file it away.  I understand that you’ve been inundated with correspondence, petitions signed by some 13,000 + colleagues, phone calls, and messages via social media.  And my letter urging you to reverse your decision to rescind a tenured job offer to Professor Steven Salaita, a distinguished scholar who had...
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Editorial: Michael Brown and Anti-Black Violence

August 11, 2014
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Editorial: Michael Brown and Anti-Black Violence

A young black man was killed this weekend. He was shot multiple times by police while walking to his grandmother’s house. He was left to die in the street, his body surrounded for hours by armed sentries while his family and community watched horrified from the sidelines. Michael Brown was unarmed. Today would have been his first day of college. Black life matters. Yet the police and their media...
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Trans Women of Color Speaking Truth to Power

August 11, 2014
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TWOC

                    A Conversation with Activists Katrina Goodlett and Nala Simone Toussaint Trans women of color are fighting to gain greater visibility for trans issues while also creating safe spaces for themselves. Prominent figures such as Janet Mock and Laverne Cox have brilliantly used their public platforms to address the criminalization and social “othering” of trans women of color in popular...
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In Conversation: On Race and Racism, Progression and Stagnation

August 8, 2014
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gotprivilege

By Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Darnell L. Moore This is a second conversation in a dialogue series initially published here at The Feminist Wire.  Timothy Patrick McCarthy (TPM): We’ve both had some unpleasant encounters recently with white critics, who have derisively called you a “blacktivist,” who have called me “self-hating” and “irresponsible.” In a moment of exasperation a few weeks ago, I texted you the question: “how do you deal...
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