Category: Race Matters

If Trump’s Ignorance Mirrors Our Own, Who’s the Fairest of Us All?

Vocalizing warranted concerns and frustration over our broken political system — in the streets or at the playhouse is our constitutional right, but unless Trump rigged the game so that nearly 50% of the population didn’t bother to vote, we need to hold ourselves responsible for much of our own complacency throughout this election cycle too.

Mixed Like Us: How to Support Biracial Children and Their Shifting Identities

Growing up biracial, I’d learned that negative social perceptions of biracial, multiracial and transracially adopted children were largely impacting the growth, well-being, and resources available to members of our own community at home and in schools. Asserting that biracial children were more “mixed-up” than mixed-race only served to further perpetuate negative stereotypes about us…

Great Expectations: Ta-Nehisi Coates Joins Forces With Marvel for ‘Black Panther’ Comic

His joining forces with the Marvel Empire at time in our history when the #BlackLivesMatter Movement makes national headlines protesting police brutality against African-Americans isn’t coincidence. It should be interesting to see the ways in which he will lend his voice to the comic genre. And of course, I’m most curious on how well it’s received by the public once published…

Starbucks & Race Together…What’s Next?

Contrary to social media backlash and snarky headlines across mainstream news outlets, the Starbucks ‘Race Together’ campaign was never simply about baristas guiding discussions on racial inequality or white privilege in America — all while prepping your Caramel Mocha Frappuccino. If that’s what you may have gathered, it’s time to set the record straight…

A Look Into Race As A Social Construct

For twins, Lucy and Maria Aylmer from Gloucester, England who have been made to produce their birth certificates to prove they are related, they aren’t alone. In the US, the self-identified “multiracial” community is at 9 million and climbing. So why is it so difficult for so many to believe that the two girls are related even after being told of their biological ties? Well, our notion of “race” and the historical “one-drop-rule” may be a good place to start…

Celebrating Diversity in Animated Film – Big Hero 6

This is the first time (another origin of sorts) that Disney Animation has presented a “biracial” central character within any of its feature length animated films. While to some this shouldn’t seem like a big deal at all, to others – like my daughter, it is – because the power of film is that it represents a generation. If done well, a film will not only captivate audiences but it will effectively represent those audiences, providing them with an opportunity to see a bit of themselves up on the big screen too…