‘I Am Not Your Negro:’ How the Words of James Baldwin Still Ring True

  |  Topic: Opinion, Politics, Race/Ethnicity

At an advance screening of “I Am Not Your Negro,” I thought deeply about the broken record of oppression that has a hold over black life in America. Racism is not over. James Baldwin knew it, modern black people know it and it is likely that those after us will know it.

My Response to the ‘Muslim Ban:’ Not Today

  |  Topic: Identity, My Story, Opinion, Politics, Race/Ethnicity

Hearing that refugees fleeing terrorism will be denied entry to the United States because they call themselves Muslim, angers me — to say the least. If racism and xenophobia are unfounded weapons President Trump plans to use to bat away terrorism, or at the very least people’s fear of the Other, then we will respond with protest and resistance, with colorful hijabs and Arabic that rolls off the tongue.