race & racism

Sunday Poet: Maya Angelou

Dr Maya Angelou has changed autobiographical writing forever for all women, but especially for black women. I cannot tell you how much I love Dr Angelou’s poem, Still I Rise and there is something so special about hearing her recite… Read More ›

Hating Australia Day from afar

Today is the second Australia Day since I moved to the United States. One of the most surprising things for me to experience out of Australia was people saying–even in the American South!–Australia’s really racist, isn’t it? And personally, I hate that. I hate that there is such a strong implicit idea of who an Australian “is,” and how racist and dependent on assimilation that is. I hate the way that is enforced with violence and ugly rhetoric, and I hate the policies that our country mobilises against Aboriginal communities and refugees.

And yet. For all that I hate what Australia Day represents, I am more homesick than usual today.

Quickhit: a black man’s view on Schroedinger’s Rapist

…my objection to anti-black racism being used as a rhetorical device by those who will never face it, is that black people engage in tons of behaviours to make white people feel safer. We do this all the damn time. We make accommodations in speech, behaviour, dress, mannerism, conversation topic – a wide diversity of adjustments that we make in the presence of our white friends […] I don’t appreciate being deputized into your anti-feminist screed in this way.