“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The man, the myth, the legend who sold America on his dream. During the Civil Rights Movement of the middle of the 20th century, our country held firm to the idea that all people are created equal and that, as a government and society who believed so, all people should be given equal rights. Through desegregation laws, anti-discrimination laws, the Voting Rights Acts and other unprecedented policies, the United States has worked to become a nation where equal rights are granted and racial equality is the new norm. We’ve held tight to our goal of being an equal nation.
That equality is a myth.
Continue reading “The Equality Trap: A Call for a New Paradigm”
In a recent article for the National Review, senior editor Jonah Goldberg discussed the popularity of Ben Carson amongst the GOP (at least based on recent polls). He notes that
“… most analysis of Carson’s popularity from pundits focuses on his likable personality and his sincere Christian faith. But it’s intriguingly rare to hear people talk about the fact that he’s black. One could argue that he’s even more authentically African-American than Barack Obama.”
Goldberg makes this statement and then goes on to make a number of claims as to why President Obama is not “authentically African-American” enough, at least when compared to Carson.
“…Obama’s mother was white and he was raised in part by his white grandparents. In his autobiography, Obama writes at length about how he grew up outside the traditional African-American experience — in Hawaii and Indonesia — and how he consciously chose to adopt a black identity when he was in college.”
This isn’t a new sentiment. Many people of many different races have often brought up Obama’s racial heritage in a way to discredit his blackness. In fact, a 2014 article by the Washington Post shows most of America doesn’t consider the president as black, but as “mixed-race”. The problem with this line of thinking stems from how we conceptualize multi-racial identities in this country- one with a history of hypodescent ideologies, like the infamous one-drop rule. The problem with this line of thinking is that all Obama needs to be “authentically” black is to be black, and that he most definitely is.
Continue reading “Authenticity: Why Obama’s not Half-Black”
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I think this is becoming a once a month maximum type of thing until I graduate in a couple of years haha.
Luckily, there is no shortage of issues for me to write about: the Affordable Care Act, Miley Cyrus and appropriation, etc., etc. I am going to get to those and my ideas on them might surprise you (right now they surprise me). But today I wanted to talk about something much more dangerous than a law adults can’t agree on and a confused young adult, and that is what is commonly known as America’s Rape Culture. You thought sex was just about the bedroom? Nope!
Continue reading “And You Thought Sex was About the Bedroom”