White Male People Can't Appropriate the "Pain" of Ferguson

So, I engaged in a debate, against my better judgement with this kid I went to university with. This is a guy with a master's in political science. He has almost the same education as I do (mine is a bit longer-running but you get the idea). Anyhow, he posts this article about how women are oppressing men from… » 12/05/14 3:22pm 12/05/14 3:22pm

Uh-oh. Cultural appropriation/racist clothing advert alert.

So, I'm at my local gym here in eastern France, the TV screens up on the walls have a few different shows going. Innocuous stuff that I can ignore, mostly: Something old with Beverly D'Angelo, a Friends episode with French subtitles, the news. And then a commercial pops up on the Friends screen and within moments, I… » 11/04/14 8:16am 11/04/14 8:16am

Ten Not-Shitty Alternatives for Columbus Day

Every year around Columbus Day I feel a great disturbance, as if a million history majors have cried out in terror as they try to decide if it's worth it to explain why the day is racist to friends and relatives on Facebook. And for the past two years the Oatmeal comic extolling the virtues of Bartolomé de las Casas » 10/13/14 10:34am 10/13/14 10:34am