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The Missed “Magical Negro” Trope in “The Queen’s Gambit”

We have to do better.

Undetectable: “Coded Bias” Challenges the Racism of Facial-Recognition Software

Artificial intelligence is a danger to our civil rights when it replicates historical qualities of any real-life bias. Read more »

White Rage, White Guilt: How Long Do We Wait for White Women to Learn?

I believe that the intentions were good, but the worst thing about good intentions is that sometimes the energy can be misplaced. Read more »

There’s No Such Thing as the “Latino Vote”

Latinos “flocked to the polls” in numbers that far exceeded what experts expected. Read more »

Distressed Damsels: There’s Nothing Accidental about White Feminist Racism

The white self—not the white person as a human being, but as a white person in the society—is built on this myth of morality and goodness surrounded by heathens and disease-ridden savages. Read more »

Savior to Suit: Why Do People Want to Hate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

AOC is a politician, not a martyr. Read more »

Understanding Kamala Harris, the Great Multiracial (Black) Hope

Will her election as vice president open the floodgates for another false “post-racial” moment in the mainstream social and political imagination? Read more »

“Bad Hair” Makes a Tangled Mess of Black Women’s Woes

In his quest to create a fable about Black women’s hair, Justin Simien overlooks the actual function it plays in Black women’s lives. Read more »

Are You Muslim? and Other Questions White Landlords Ask Me

I can say that I am a Hindu and solve this problem. But I do not. Read more »

Mind Interrupted: The Horrifying Manipulation of Black Women’s Psyches

The traumatic spectacles of these transformations often reveal so little about the interiority of the fictional Black women who experience them. Read more »

Progressive Lenses: Women Candidates and the New Double Standard

Merely stating that sexism exists in politics can imperil any woman’s political campaign. Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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Target Market: Black Women with Guns: Frontier Feminists or Insurrectionists?

The guns Black women carry are symbols of their abilities to be both frontierwomen and nurturing warrior mothers birthing a new generation of revolutionaries. Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »