Faking the Funk: When White Women Play BIPOC

First there was Rachel Dolezal. Then, we learned about Jess “La Bombalera” Krug. Since then, there have been several examples of White women engaging in cultural appropriation. However, most recently, Hilaria Baldwin née Hillary Hayward-Thomas has been outed as a Massachusetts Bostonian and not the Spaniard she has claimed to be. In all of these … Continue reading Faking the Funk: When White Women Play BIPOC

Race and Counting ‘The Rona’

When it comes to African Americans and Covid-19, we have been swinging from one extreme to the other. As my African American friend living in Paris described self-isolating days before her workplace made it official, on this side of the pond, Blacks were minimizing its impact. “Black people don’t get coronavirus!” “The melanin in our … Continue reading Race and Counting ‘The Rona’

Being More ‘Open:’ Black Women Negotiate Dating and Marrying White Men

When I was studying at Harvard in the early 2000s, I had a black immigrant professor who had built part of his career gas-lighting anti-black discrimination in favor of 1990s-style black cultural inferiority tropes. My grad school girlfriends and I awkwardly giggled over “the sex parts” of his book on black assimilation. He cited statistics … Continue reading Being More ‘Open:’ Black Women Negotiate Dating and Marrying White Men

On Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Interracial Couples and Their Multiracial Children Will Not Save Us

This weekend, people all around the world will be tuning in to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an American actress. With a black mother and a white father, Markle identifies as biracial and will be one of the first Americans to marry into the British Royal family. To the chagrin … Continue reading On Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Interracial Couples and Their Multiracial Children Will Not Save Us

Rachel Dolezal: ‘Negra Frustrada’ (Frustrated Black Woman)

Race is a social construction. We have heard that phrase over and over again to the point that it has become a bit hackneyed. When I teach my sociology students, I tell them, “Sociologists study what people do together: we create families, schools, economic systems.” All of these things are social constructions that are produced, … Continue reading Rachel Dolezal: ‘Negra Frustrada’ (Frustrated Black Woman)