Moments of Awakening

By Grace O’Malley. 

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of white people in the fight for racial justice.

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That our nation needs to undergo large-scale structural change is obvious. The systemic discrimination of black and brown people has been well documented by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michelle Alexander, Bruce Western, and others. People have been talking about it, been writing about it, been protesting about it. Our criminal justice system is fucked. We’re building for-profit prisons while we chip away at our commitment to public education. We criminalize poverty and homelessness, conditions that our policies and economy create. Our society has explicit biases that keep people of color in the lowest rungs of society. We do not live in a post-racial society.

But how are we to change this? What is the role of white people in this movement?

I know that the nation needs to change its laws and policies. But to do this, don’t we also need to change people’s minds?

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Jovita Idár (1885–1946)

By Grace O’Malley. 

“Mexican children in Texas need an education…. There is no other means to do it but ourselves, so that we are not devalued and humiliated by the strangers who surround us.”

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“Working women know their rights and proudly rise to face the struggle. The hour of their degradation is past…. Women are no longer servants but rather the equals of men, companions to them.” 

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The Force Awakens… with Diversity?!

By Theia. 

I don’t consider myself a Star Wars fan, especially since there are some crazy fans out there. But the trailer IS SO GOOD! It’s so good, even the people who acted in the film freaked out about it. The music is great, the shots are great, the costumes and design are great etc, but why is my feminist side SO PUMPED ABOUT THE STAR WARS EPISODE VII?

ONE MAIN CHARACTER IS A WOMAN, THE OTHER IS A BLACK MAN.

Adjusted to inflation, the Star Wars is the third highest grossing film of all time. Could the highest grossing film of this year, and possibly EVER have a woman and black male main characters?

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Devil’s Advocate for Columbus Day

Positionality: This is written by a half-white half-Asian female who grew up in New Jersey, and ever since leaving New Jersey has been teased by people who think NJ consists of nothing but ignorant Italian Americans that drive on highways.

Recently governments at the municipal and state level have been doing two things:abolishing Columbus day and adding an additional holiday, Indigenous People’s Day. From my understanding, this is coming from the defense that Columbus Day is not only the falsely-claimed European discoverer of the Americas, but that it praises a history of white Europeans conquering the Americas. Indigenous People’s Day then is a response by praising Indigenous/Native American/Indian  culture and their history on the same land.  I agree that it’s about time we change how we talk about our history.

I want to talk about Christopher Columbus and what he represents.

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Why I am more pro-life than Carly Fiorina

Written by guest blogger Cecilia. 

When I was twelve, I asked my Norwegian friend what he thought the United States was like. “In America,” he answered, “you can shoot anyone you want.” I laughed and told him he was wrong, it wasn’t like people in the United States just carried guns around. I thought he must have seen that on TV.

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Meet the Authors

Grace O’Malley. A Midwestern girl at heart, Grace is Bay Area-based. She’s into sociology and poetry. She wants to talk about oppression and privilege, gender, religion, and racial justice. Sometimes though, she just writes about sports. She takes her name from Irish legend. See her work.

Theia. Check out her posts.

Contributors. Our goal is to create a platform for conversation and dialogue. We are looking to broaden our conversations and include a diversity of perspectives. Click here to read what our guest bloggers have contributed and here to submit your own piece.

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Loving the Other//Loving (an)Other

Written by guest blogger Leila

Last week, in my Muslim-Christian Dialogue class, my professor continuously used the terms other and religious other interchangeably. I wondered: Other in relation to what/whom? Was this going to be yet another class where Christianity is the baseline to which everything else is compared? Since the start of classes, I have deeply questioned my role at this school and in my classrooms as a student who grew up interfaith – as a student who is living and loving proof that multifaith/interfaith (whatever you want to call it) relations and dialogue aren’t solely fostered for the purpose of resolving conflict, but can be pursued out of deep love, care, and respect for an(other) human.

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On Singleness, Anxiety and Tomato Sauce Jars

Written by an anonymous guest blogger. 

The first time I cried about being single was a cold Thursday night the fall of my senior year of college. I was in a house I shared with three roommates, all of whom were out for the evening. I was making pasta in the kitchen. I cried because I couldn’t open the jar of tomato sauce.

I tried really hard to open that jar. I wrapped the lid in a dish towel. I ran it under hot water. Eventually I beat it against the countertop in frustration.

And then I cried.

I cried because in that jar of tomato sauce I saw a lifetime of singleness stretching before me. I was 21 years old and had never had a boyfriend. I’d never made out with a boy. I’d never even kissed one. I would graduate from college in a few months and after that, what were my chances of meeting anyone? Surely, I was doomed to a lifetime of loneliness; a lifetime of having no one to open stubborn tomato sauce jars for me.

Was I being overdramatic? Sure. But in every melodramatic breakdown there is a kernel of truth.

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