Posts tagged "race"
How I Created a Wound

How I Created a Wound

Chinese New Year, my dad Skypes his family: two brothers, one sister, and both his parents. None of them are fluent in English–most of them only know a few words–and I’m not fluent in Mandarin so whenever I join my dad, I have to stitch together words to form grammatically incorrect sentences while conversation flows...
Is Racial Solidarity for Black Lives Real?

Is Racial Solidarity for Black Lives Real?

When I first started learning about racism in-depth and opened my eyes to the injustices around me, I was a bit too optimistic about it all. I thought that racial solidarity was easy to achieve. 1, 2, 3 and boom it’s there! I was positive that I could show solidarity to other races, especially ones...
Yellow Peril and Black Power

Yellow Peril and Black Power

I took AP US History last year, and my teacher told us about the many racist acts passed by Congress as a response to the influx of Chinese immigrants starting in the late 1800s: there was Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, the Immigration Restriction Act in 1917 and the National Origins Act in 1924. The...
#WeMatter x #IAmADoubleThreat

#WeMatter x #IAmADoubleThreat

  Recently, a black man was shot and killed for selling CDs, another for following a police officer’s instruction, and a man also supposedly hung. I’ve been stuck trying to organize my words. I’m trying to rephrase my sentences so they sound right and ethical, but I’m having a hard time with this.
On Being Half Indian

On Being Half Indian

When I was twelve I decided that being half Indian was embarrassing. On moving from primary to secondary school, I would have the opportunity to reinvent myself, and thank goodness for my fair skin and Caucasian features, otherwise I would have been stuck with the ‘brown girl’ label.
Collection of Poems

Collection of Poems

  1   Our Black Magic   I am standing in line for coffee, it is early and the windows are fogged, The morning chill still rattling in my bones when I hear a voice behind me, lowered to a whisper. A girl says, in a tone of disgust- “It can’t be that bad to...
The Mysterious Vanishing Trick of Blackness

The Mysterious Vanishing Trick of Blackness

A recommendation from a friend led me to a comedy web series that stemmed from the short film, ‘Ackee and Saltfish’. It’s about black sisterhood in the U.K, which mirrors that of the U.S.
Elizabeth Spenst: An interview with the editor-in-chief of DOWN magazine

Elizabeth Spenst: An interview with the editor-in-chief of DOWN magazine

Elizabeth Spenst is a student at Yale University and the editor-in-chief of DOWN magazine.
Using Our White Voices

Using Our White Voices

  When I first started this, joining Margins, I wanted my work to be intersectional above all else. I wanted it to touch base with everyone, for every person to feel like what they had to say was important on issues that are relevant. Especially for people who are often forgotten, whose issues are not...
Navigating Friendships with White People

Navigating Friendships with White People

Illustration by Ashley Amado. Up until high school, every single one of my friends was white. When you took into account the fact that I went to a very white school in a very white community in the Deep South, the lack of diversity in my friend group was not surprising. The only problem was...
The Stories Behind the Headlines

The Stories Behind the Headlines

Illustration by Regine De Mesa. Go Set a Watchman is not To Kill a Mockingbird.  While Mockingbird pulled at the heart, Watchman reaches for our brains as it looks at the nature of prejudice, the Southern identity, and the push-pull of generational differences.  Not every reader will find Watchman’s themes compelling, but those who are...
With Intersectionality Comes Intelligence

With Intersectionality Comes Intelligence

Illustration by Valentina Quiñonez.   For years, the definition of feminism has been the belief of equality between all genders. In a world and history characterized by the dominance of men, this movement strives to empower females. The original start of the feminist movement is unknown, for it reaches back over many centuries. However, the...