When I was first assigned to do Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) with two university students in Cali, Columbia, I was anxious. COIL, which involves having Skype conversations with students in another country (in our case, Columbia) and learning from each other, combines some of the skills I am worst at: making conversation with people […]Read more "The Challenge of Making New Friends and Maintaining Friendships"
In his book Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the experience of being a black man and the constant fear of being killed that comes with it. He also writes about the assumptions people make about young black men that lead to this violence – how seemingly innocuous things like hoodies […]Read more "Hoods: Challenging Perceptions of Black Masculinity Through Art"
For twenty-two years, I thought I was straight. Looking back now, I know that this never felt “right,” but for over two decades, I never really examined why. I was born into a world that assumed I was straight. Everything and everyone around me operated under the assumption that everyone was heterosexual, at least until […]Read more "Heteronormativity in Museums: An Abominable Cycle"
A few weeks ago, I went to Sky Zone with some of my classmates. When we went to play dodge ball, the attendant told me I had to take my glasses off. It was the first time I had tried to do anything significant without my glasses in the four months since I started wearing […]Read more "Disability: More Widespread Than I Thought"
In his collection of short stories, Uncle Tom’s Children, Richard Wright demonstrates the challenges of being black in the Jim Crow South. His characters deal with everything from insults and condescension to violence and death, and yet because of their strength and their responses to these challenges, the characters do not come across as victims. […]Read more "Oppression and Agency: Opposing Themes in Uncle Tom’s Children"
As a white person, I have recently become increasingly aware of how much privilege I have. Growing up, racism was not something I thought about much. I grew up in a very homogeneous area. In elementary school, I was the “token minority” because I was Jewish, which in hindsight is absurd. I did not make […]Read more "Reflection: Increasing My Understanding of Race"