Category: Commentary

Come on, White People

Come on, White People
I’ve been getting some feedback recently from white folks in my inner circle about how vocal I am about our country’s issues. I hear that someone doesn’t like the language I use, or that I should just focus on being happy, or that there is more to life than politics.   And my counter points... Read more »

Bringing an Aim 'n' Flame to a BLM Gunfight

Bringing an Aim 'n' Flame to a BLM Gunfight
Humility, Day 1: I can’t help but wonder if the folks of central Indiana are keeping their Trump/Pence love on the down low. We camped this past weekend at Turkey Run State Park and I had some mixed feelings about the trip.   On the one hand, I love to go hiking and the terrain of... Read more »

White Fragility and the BLM March

White Fragility and the BLM March
White fragility is real. And white people don’t like hearing that we are part of the systemic oppression of black and brown people in our society. It makes us uncomfortable and defensive and we say stupid things like “Not all white people” in response to calmly presented statements from our African-American colleagues and acquaintances1. Here... Read more »
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The Phone is Ringing

The Phone is Ringing
My friend Cindy and I try to hike together a few Saturdays a month and we often burn through ten miles in three hours. We zip through the forest preserves and have deep discussions on How to Save the World from the Goddamn Patriarchy. (And just in case you think we take ourselves too seriously,... Read more »

The Adjustment

The Adjustment
It has been a strange thing to be homesick for movement. I got home from my travels very late on Saturday night and tried to sleep in the following morning. I had gotten used to waking at 5am and I dozed in and out of wakefulness as the sky slowly brightened.  The robins gossiped loudly outside of my... Read more »

Hijabi Update: Getting my Under Scarf Game On

I’ve been wearing hijab for a month now and, for the most part, it has been kind of tough. And I’m not talking about all the side-eyes and weird passive aggressive crap from the alleged Christians in my life either. (Oh – and Jesus just texted me about this too and said y’all are ridiculous.)... Read more »
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Learning to STFU

Learning to STFU
While sitting on the bus returning home from the D.C. Women’s March, I have been obsessively scrolling through today’s news and social media feeds, hungry for political news and international coverage of the protest marches.   As part of this, I have seen many POC post about how the Women’s March in D.C. was really... Read more »

Purple Illinois

Purple Illinois
It is November 9th and I’m sitting on my couch, muttering and staring at the television, while the Electoral College tallies turn more and more red. I’m whispering “fuck” every time Wolf Blitzer appears on CNN. “Stop with the ‘election update!’ prattle, Wolf. If you scamper over to that motherfucking map one more time, I’m... Read more »

Our Wizard of Oz

Our Wizard of Oz
Trump is the Wizard of Oz. And, no, I’m not referring to the “Great and Powerful Oz,” the smokey apparition that was firing zingers at Dorothy and Co. (However, on further thought, that model kind of fits too.) I’m referring, instead, to the other wizard in the story. There is a pivotal moment when Dorothy’s... Read more »
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