Shake it Off is not appropriation

Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off caused a lot of controversy when it came out a few weeks ago. Admittedly, I know almost nothing about Swift. I know that despite her job title, she’s not a great singer (and is basically just a less nasal Rihanna), and that Kanye West ruined her acceptance speech at the … Continue reading Shake it Off is not appropriation

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The Michael Brown Problem

Unless you’ve been living in a cave in Siberia for the past few weeks, you know that unarmed, black, 18-year old Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th. The police officer’s name was not released until a week after the incident, during which time it seems … Continue reading The Michael Brown Problem

South Africa: 2014

2014 is the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s independence, and is also an election year. Although South African politicians often describe the country as a “rainbow nation,” is the term really more than rhetoric used in an attempt to pacify those who speak about persisting inequalities and rampant corruption? Today’s African National Congress (ANC) is … Continue reading South Africa: 2014

Why the racist, sexist backlash against Cecile Kyenge is a good thing

In April, Cecile Kyenge was appointed minister of integration by Italy’s prime minister, Enrico Letta. She is the first black person to serve in Italy’s cabinet, and has lived in the country for the past 30 years after moving to Italy to study medicine at the age of 18. An ophthalmologist by trade, she has … Continue reading Why the racist, sexist backlash against Cecile Kyenge is a good thing