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Asian American Pacific Islander
Do We All Look Alike?
“You all look alike,” is what people told me when I was a kid growing up. As an Asian American in the Midwest in the 1970s, before diversity was “a thing,” I was always aware my family was different — and difference was not celebrated. I laugh, or try to, now if anyone accuses me of identity politics. They have it backwards: I struggled to assimilate, to avoid being marked by my heritage. I understood to be accepted by my peers, I had to forsake my ancestors.
June 2, 2020
Asian Americans are Not the “Model Minority”
Asian Americans are wrongly assumed to be doing well, uniformly and virtually without exception. The stereotype, dubbed “the model minority myth,” has been debunked again and again, but it persists in ideological claims that Asian Americans demonstrate racial discrimination has been eliminated and hard work is all it takes to do well.
April 27, 2020
Cory Booker Ends Bid for Presidency
In an email to his supporters, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced the end of his 2020 presidential campaign on Monday, citing a lack of funds. “Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that […]
January 13, 2020
Diversity, Ukraine, and Impeachment
There’s a diversity angle in the impeachment hearings you may have overlooked.It’s not just about Trump. It’s about a proud people who have overcome mass starvation and invasions for centuries. And they continue to struggle to be free from tyranny and corruption.
November 16, 2019
Whitewashing Impeachment and 2020: Don’t Forget Who Got Us Here
Like the majority of Americans facing the new impeachment inquiry landscape, I am both jubilant and alarmed. What will happen now? Impeachment of a sitting president is a dead-serious business, with no predictable outcome.
November 8, 2019
UNCF Creates HBCU Guide to Political Candidate’s Policies
As a way for students and faculty members from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to become more informed as voters, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) recently published HBCU Issues Guide. The online guide will provide information and feature questions that users can ask political candidates, who often visit HBCU campuses to discuss their […]
October 12, 2019
Morehouse College Alumnus Spike Lee to be Honored
Alongside the Atlanta Film Society, Morehouse College will host the first annual Human Rights Film Festival Oct.10-12 to provide a platform for independent filmmakers to show off their work and provoke conversations about social injustice issues. The festival will also honor Morehouse alumnus and film director Spike Lee with a lifetime achievement award in film. […]
October 9, 2019
‘We Didn’t Cross The Border, The Border Crossed Us:’ The Importance Of Ethnic Studies
I once heard a story about a man that needed to go North from Mexico to the United States in the 1940s. At the time, Guerrero, Mexico was depleted of resources and there were no jobs for the people. It spread throughout the city that there was work in the United States through a temporary workers program. The man knew this was his chance to go North so he went to where all the laborers were gathering to leave.
July 16, 2019
‘I Just Said That!’
Have you ever had that moment when you were in a meeting and proposed an idea for consideration to solve a problem? In an instance, you are abruptly interrupted. Your colleague regurgitated your idea as if it was their own. As you look around the table for a connection of affirmation, in your head you are thinking, “I just said that!”
April 15, 2019
Defining Political Progress
One of the things I love most about writing for Diverse is that it provides an opportunity for me to think through our increasingly complicated political space. Exploring the intersection of politics, pop culture and higher education also provides a platform to align pedagogy with public scholarship. I approach this column as I approach my classroom: my job isn’t to tell people how to think; but to provide them with information that encourages them to think critically and analytically.
April 8, 2019
Celebrating #NastyWomen of Color
I walked a mile from campus to a church where my local polling place to vote was, like many United States citizens did throughout the nation on November 6, 2018. However, this midterm election seemed to have a different energy as “unexpected” candidates throughout the nation emerged in response to the political conditions they found themselves in after the election of Trump. Who were these “unexpected” candidates, women of color!
November 12, 2018
Campus Labs Researches Collegiate Student Organizations’ Civic Engagement
Campus Labs released a new report, Student Engagement as a Political Catalyst, which documents civic engagement within student organizations on college campuses over the past five academic years.
November 1, 2018
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