Speaking of Microaggressions…

Speaking of Microaggressions…

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, the other day on facebook I stumbled upon this article listicle from Buzzfeed titled, “21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis.” The story recaps the work of a photographer from Fordham University who asked her peers to write down some of the racial microaggressions they hear on a daily basis. Before I get too far ahead of myself, here’s the definition of a “microaggression” per Buzzfeed: “The term “microaggression” was used by Columbia professor Derald Sue to refer to “brief and commonplace daily verbal,…

Flashback Friday: Black People Deserve a Capital “B”

Flashback Friday: Black People Deserve a Capital “B”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if I’m still feeling extra Black because we just celebrated Black Friday or because with all the media hoopla about how many Black themed movies are currently being shown at a theater near you, I’ve caught the bug. Or maybe I’m feeling revolutionary in honor of the great Nelson Mandela, may he truly rest in peace. Regardless, I felt it appropriate to revisit my post on capitalizing the letter “B” when referring to Black people. It really irks me to see Black written in…

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

Hi Meltingpot Readers, For those of you who are new to the Meltingpot, you should know that this is like the third incarnation of this blog. I’ve always covered identity politics and parenting, I just did it over on blogger. I never took the original Meltingpot blog down, so you can always go back and read through the archives, just for kicks. Occasionally, somebody new does stumble upon an old post and leaves a comment, which makes me think it’s worth re-sharing. Here’s the comment I just received on my…

12 Years A Slave Has Me Undone

12 Years A Slave Has Me Undone

Hello Meltingpot Readers, This past weekend I went to see 12 Years A Slave with my cousin. It wasn’t a film I was excited to see, it was more of a compulsion. When Hollywood takes on the Black experience, I feel it is my duty to support the effort. I also was intrigued by the very true story of a free Black man tricked and kidnapped into slavery who manages to survive 12 years of inhuman bondage and still return home to his family. Dear readers, can I just say,…

Snatching Blonde-Haired Babies In Europe

Snatching Blonde-Haired Babies In Europe

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you hear the one about the blonde-haired Roma child who was removed from her family because she allegedly didn’t look like ‘those people.’ (emphasis mine). Yes, it seems that European police officers are engaging in their own brand of racial profiling by snatching blonde-haired Roma children from their families on the assumption that they must have been kidnapped. Those assumptions are of course based on two prevailing stereotypes, ‘gypsies’ steal children and ‘gypsies’ can’t be blonde as they are a dark and swarthy people. The end…

Racism Exists in America: This Is Not News!

Racism Exists in America: This Is Not News!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today I wrote a thought piece on the Columbia Journalism Review’s website. I was inspired to write after seeing all of the reporting on the racist tweets about the new Miss America. In case you’re not into beauty pageants, the new Miss America is of Indian descent and when she was crowned back on September 15, some morons on Twitter had some pretty nasty things to say. And of course those nasty tweets made the news. Why? Because they represent the majority of American thought? Or because…

Trading Places: South Africa Style

Trading Places: South Africa Style

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Have you ever thought about trading places with someone whose life is the polar opposite of yours, just to see ‘ how the other half lives?’ Usually when I play that game, the ‘other half’ I’m thinking about is the filthy rich. I like to test my moral compass to see what I’d do if money wasn’t an issue. Generally, I do do the right thing and give lots of my money to the poor and other noble causes. One thing I very rarely do however, is…

How Do You Say Colorism in Spanish (and Portuguese)?

How Do You Say Colorism in Spanish (and Portuguese)?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Since today is Round-Up Wednesday and since it seems I can’t escape the stories about colorism in the Latino/Brazilian communities, I thought I’d just share two stories that really made me realize how much the new book I’m working on is needed. My new book is all about colorism in Black, Latino, Asian and interracial communities. Clearly I can’t write it fast enough. Check out this story that appeared on the Huffington Post Latino Voices yesterday. It’s a personal essay written by a Dominican-American male who tells…