When I first moved to Baltimore, I worked briefly as a human resources recruiter for a pair of entrepreneurial Russian immigrants who provided labor for different service industries in the city. On my third day of work, one of the owners of the company and his Latina hiring manager told me not to hire black … Continue reading 5 Ways Latinxs Can Support Black Lives
It’s Sexual Violence Awareness Month and I can’t help but wonder if we are really putting our all into solving sexual violence. Thousands of rape threats go un-checked on social media, women’s accusations are dismissed on college campuses, and celebrities and politicians are allowed to keep their jobs.
This poem was written long before Good Friday, in anticipation of the wave of emotions to come. I take this day of remembrance to critically think about the systems of this world, and my place in them. So every year, Good Friday brings a mix of emotions. And Id encourage everyone reading this to approach … Continue reading Heroes
Sometimes white people point out they, too, have been “bashed” or had derogatory things said to them. Using derogatory terms toward white people (and I mean white, since “Caucasian” is not exactly a “race” cf. Bhagat Singh Thind v. U.S.) can be caused by a couple of different things. The first is that those of … Continue reading White People Jokes – Laughter as a Survival Strategy
In truth, I am still recovering. I wish I could say that my journey toward a healthier sense of self had started in the church, but it didn’t. In the church, I was told there was a value for “diversity”–later I discovered that this actually meant that they valued seeing black and brown faces in the congregation, but they did not welcome the leadership of black and brown people as teachers and decision-makers.
South High is not a religious sanctuary, though it certainly declares “your faith has value”. Its welcome is broader: You have value. This message is proclaimed again and again, hammered into the minds of scared-but-not-showing-it teenagers. You have value. It’s written on the welcome signs: All are Welcome Here.