Enough with Mediocrity, Already

Last night on Dancing with the Stars, journeyman baseball player David Ross beat the most decorated American gymnast in history, Simon Biles, by scoring 34/40 and 36/40 in two dances.  Ross had the lowest scores of the night; Biles had two perfect scores.  But America had spoken, and they preferred Ross’s “aw, shucks” tenacity to…

Dear White People: I Want You To Come From a Place of Strength

Does the title of this post feel condescending?  Because it feels that way when it’s directed at me. Spend any amount of time on the color line and you’ll hear this, or some variation of it, that people of color need to stop seeing themselves as victims (or more often “playing the victim” because identity…

Hate Mainstream Media? Sorry, Facts Don’t Have a Liberal Bias

Retiring conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes complained that after years of bashing from the right wing, the mainstream media no longer could perform their function as reporters, observers, fact dispensers, and even truth tellers, and he said we needed them.  Like Goebbels before them, conservatives understood that they had to create their own facts,…

Dear Emma Watson: Beyonce Awaits Your Apology

Emma Watson posed in a fairly revealing top for Vanity Fair and some folks are calling her out, saying the image clashes with her feminist views.  The idea that an outfit dictates a person’s politics is ludicrous, and Watson’s reaction strikes the perfect tone between anger and bewilderment.  People who understand that bare skin and feminism…

We’ve Taken Democracy for Granted

I hate the “not my president” hashtag.  I hated it before it was a hashtag, when Gore won the popular vote in 2000 and people said it about George W. Bush (it was annoying in 2000; my hatred developed from hearing it for eight years).  Bush was our president, that’s how it works, just as…