Stop sleeping on America’s anti-Asian past… and present

TW: This piece discusses racism and assault which may be triggering. American policies and people have historically painted “American” to be synonymous with “white.”  This cognitive shortcut has led us to shut out, enslave, and imprison those who don’t fit our Anglo-Saxon depiction of “Americanness” and who therefore “don’t belong” here. Yet, we still haveContinue reading “Stop sleeping on America’s anti-Asian past… and present”

How Americans (mis)handled another inconvenient truth

To heal we must remember. I know it’s hard, I promise you I know it’s hard. I remember. That’s how you heal, you have to remember. And also, it’s important to do that as a nation.  Joe Biden As a nation which prides itself on being the best in the world. A nation with 510,000Continue reading “How Americans (mis)handled another inconvenient truth”

Yesterday was too much for just an Instagram caption

Yesterday the world watched as violent extremists took over the Capitol with guidance from the president and apparent permission from the police. Amid yesterday’s attack, I, like many, couldn’t help but look back on last year’s BLM protests, when non-violence and cries for justice were met with tear gas and rubber bullets.  I think ofContinue reading “Yesterday was too much for just an Instagram caption”

Ignorance is bliss but knowledge is power

Today is Juneteenth. A day when, 155 years ago, the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas found out about their emancipation. A day that came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had already freed them (on paper) from slave owners. Today, amid police brutality, rampant racism, the lynchings of black men deemedContinue reading “Ignorance is bliss but knowledge is power”

Exhaust your opposition, not yourself

The last three weeks have been hard. Between the horrific instances of police brutality, the global protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and the breakout of proud racism and ignorance in Buffalo, there’s been a lot to take in and a lot to stand up for. And I am so proud. I’m so proudContinue reading “Exhaust your opposition, not yourself”