Impeaching Trump could actually set off a stream of unmanageable events.Every single day we find ourselves ever deeper down the white nationalist rabbit hole represented by Donald Trump’s regime. I thought that the deadly Nazi rally in Charlottesville would have been the upturn point where we began digging ourselves out of the shit, instead Hair Führer refused the path of decency and the bottom dropped out from under us again. Trump’s unwillingness to properly disavow American Nazism is not surprising; that is his base after all. In the wake of this new showing of America’s true colors, the fever pitch of hysterical calls for Trump’s impeachment are flooding all avenues of media. Hate to break it to you folks, impeaching Trump — as satisfying as it might be — will not be the end to the growing conflicts in this country. This kind of magical thinking is extremely counterproductive to the work that needs to be done from the top down in dismantling white supremacy in America. This problem of white nationalism is bigger than just Trump, although he was a "yuge" fomenter since he began the so-called birther movement about our first black president. Trump has come out and said all the things that disgruntled white people have been thinking for years. These white people are angry at their perceived loss of white power, and they are armed to the teeth. As our editor, Lara Witt wrote for Harper’s Bazaar, this white supremacy is deeply entrenched into the fabric of American society. Trump has undermined all our judicial and governmental systems of checks and balances; he has eviscerated the credibility of the free press and elevated propaganda factories. He has problematized the very notion of truth, facts, and science through his “FAKE NEWS” bloviating. He has shredded fundamental fabrics of reality in America in favor of trigger happy, often uneducated, and fundamentally bigoted world views.
Rather than deconstructing the misogynistic demonization of feminine endeavors, Smith shows a limited understanding of why women use makeup.By Erin McLaughlin In a recent interview at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, novelist Zadie Smith expressed her disdain for young girls’ preoccupation with makeup and beauty, describing it as a waste of time and “infuriating”. “I decided to spontaneously decide on a principle: that if it takes longer than 15 minutes don’t do it”, Smith stated while retelling how she gave her 7-year-old daughter a 15 minute time limit when getting ready. As a mother, she could mean well as it’s easy for young girls to develop body-image issues when they are socialized to focus on how others perceive them, but that doesn't seem to be the main concern here. Smith dislikes the idea of spending too much time on one’s looks in general, regardless of age. As far as beauty in our current culture goes, there’s been an undeniable shift as of late. People of all ages, sexualities, and genders are increasingly represented in all corners of beauty, whether it be for self-care, as a hobby, or pursuing a career in it. But why is there still so much disapproval with participation in beauty? Fear lingers among women because we’re afraid of being seen as unintelligent and vain. Zadie’s reaction to vanity reveals that, as well as her forgetting that forcing one to choose between beauty and intellect is always a double-edged sword.
When the Southern Poverty Law Group released their “Hate Map” last week, many were surprised to see California lead the nation with 79.I have deep roots in Southern California. My maternal grandparents were part of the Great Migration, and moved from Jackson, Mississippi, to San Diego when my grandfather joined the Navy in 1955. They eventually settled in Riverside, CA, where my mother and her siblings grew up. My father moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Perris, CA, a small suburb about 20 minutes outside of Riverside, when he joined the Air Force in 1975. All of them moved here for opportunities they felt didn’t exist where they came from. For my grandparents, the idea of raising children in the Jim Crow South was unfathomable. However, the reality they were met with was not what they expected. Despite the fact that my grandfather came to San Diego to serve in the Navy, they were denied tenancy over and over again. My mother tells stories of growing up in Riverside and being one of only five Black students in her high school. Three were her siblings. My grandmother once told me how she found their family dog murdered, shot in the head. She told her children it ran away.
The white people who stay silent in the face of white terrorism consider themselves to be “non-racist.” They're wrong.Last week, Tina Fey and Lady Gaga offended fans and onlookers with their comments in the midst of heated national discussions about race relations following the white supremacist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tina Fey returned to SNL’s Weekend Update for a segment on Charlottesville and The University of Virginia, her alma mater. “It broke my heart to see these evil forces descend upon Charlottesville… A lot of us are feeling anxious and asking ourselves, ‘What can I do? I'm just one person. What can I do?’ And I would urge people this Saturday instead of participating in the screaming matches and potential violence, find a local business you support. Maybe a Jewish-run bakery or an African American-run bakery. Order a cake with the American flag on it and, um, just eat it.” She went on to speak about Trump condemning violence “on many sides,” delivering jokes about Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and transphobic comments about drag queens being nothing more than violent 6’4 Black men. Fey ended her skit with a jarring and misplaced jab at the expense of Sally Hemings, an enslaved Black woman who was owned and repeatedly raped by former President Thomas Jefferson.
Decolonial love, liberated love, is true love. “Feminism is, nevertheless, very threatening to the majority of Black people because it calls into question some of the most basic assumptions about our existence, i.e., that gender should be a determinant of power