a man sitting on the beach, with the quote about disbelief in bigotry and hate being as destructive as the act itself

In the aftermath of bigotry, hate, and discrimination, a sentiment that is just as destructive is captured in these words…

I can’t believe it.

This phrase, or its pernicious cousins, is an automatic response to the trauma of watching racism, sexism, or any other -ism rear its head from those…

Did you know that someone proposed a new “Alphabet Song”? One that rids us of the famed LMNOP (read “ellemenopee”) in favor of each letter getting its shine in the song.

Of the few things that brought me joy this 2020, watching people on social media mourning the loss…

A red herring, according to Oxford English Dictionary, is something that intentionally or unintentionally misleads or distracts from an important question. …

I am proud to be black. And also…america makes it exhausting.

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” — Fannie Lou Hamer

I am proud to be black. And also…being black is exhausting.

For every “for the culture” moment that lifts our spirits to the sky, there are at least ten other tragic moments that come along and clip…

The words ‘toxic meritocracy’ appear over a sign saying ‘radioactive’

It is time to dismantle the meritocracy.

At least when it is served up as an exemplar of a clear, transparent, and flawless system for weighing and defining value and worth. Because true meritocracy is a myth.

Sure, it feels good to say. We should reward merit — good and…

In the fable of the tortoise and the hare, we see the patient, consistent, tortoise wins a race against the faster hare. Literally, the tortoise caught the hare sleeping.

And while we can debate whether this fable could actually net out to be true in the real world (I’d…

First written September 22, 2014 by Zakiya Jackson

August 9, 2014: Michael Brown, an unarmed young Black Male, was killed by police offer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo. Michael’s body was left in the street for hours.

August 9, 2014 — present: Via Twitter, Alderman Antonio French shares through pictures…

First written September 21, 2014 by Enchanta Jackson

​​I put him on speaker phone so he could spit poetry to me while I painted my nails.

His voice was deep and serene.

The words he spit caught my spirit like the sun on a Sunday.

I felt myself smiling…

First written September 2, 2014 by Nicole Young

Despite never having studied anything related to the African Diaspora, I am a proud member of the Africana Studies listserv at my alma mater.

I read every email because it makes me happy to know that there are ridiculously smart people in…

First written September 10, 2014 by Kyle Southern

This week, US News & World Report released its annual rankings of the nation’s colleges and universities. This release coincided with a burst of discussion in major media outlets about the value of college education and the ability of people from lower…

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Tech policy professional by day, wannabe superhero by night. Passionate about building communities, spaces, and platforms focused on inclusion and empathy.

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