Ask Racialicious Special: Teen Vogue edition [Racialicious]
Rachel Simmons, advice columnist to Teen Vogue, sent me an interesting query from one of her readers. The question? “I Like Him, But What If He’s Not Into Black Girls?”
Jacqueline, a biracial girl who just transferred to a predominately white area, writes:
For the most part, I’m treated like everyone else. But when it comes to dating and someone asks, “What do you think of Jackie?” People either respond nicely or say “I’m not really into black girls.”
This comes across to me as extremely unfair. I have a great personality, I get good grades, I try my best to be nice to everyone. The point is, I’m more than the color of my skin, and what’s wrong with black girls anyway?
Should a Parent be Allowed to Return an Adopted Child? [The Takeaway]
We talk about how it feels to be rejected as an adopted child with Orlando Modeno, a man who lived through the experience when he was only a boy. We also talk with Lisa Belkin, Motherlode blogger for our partner the New York Times.
We started the conversation early on this, and want to know what you think: Should a parent be allowed to return a child?
Between Pageantry and Poverty: Representing Ourselves [Native Appropriations]
“It often seems as if America has only two frames through which to view its Native culture: ceremony and pageantry or poverty and addiction.”
The New York Times has an incredible slide show on the web of photographs by Adam Sings In The Timber, a member of the Crow Nation in Montana. The above quote is so powerful and so true, and Adam says that his work seeks to fill in the space between the extremes, to show that the members of his Nation are so much more than the stereotypes that abound.
Market Forces [Resist Racism]
Some years back I wrote a letter of complaint to a museum where I held a membership. Because every time I visited, I got stopped. Despite displaying the membership card. Never mind the white people who sailed through who didn’t get so much as a cursory glance. I got stopped. And then the person behind the front desk would take physical possession of the card. And then he or she would look up my name in the computer. Because having a valid membership card apparently wasn’t enough.
So I wrote a letter. The museum’s response?
Discrimination is against the core of our mission and it is important to us to that all visitors feel welcome.
One little problem here: You can’t be “against discrimination” when you are actively discriminating. It isn’t “important” to you that all visitors feel welcome if you aren’t welcoming them.