race matters

Five things happened the weekend of 15 October:Read More »

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twice as hard

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one thing minorities have quickly learned is that nothing is given; all victories are earned. we’re always reminded that just to get half as much you must work twice as hard – and have a bit of luck.

i’ve been told that implicitly from a young age, and heard it more recently on the airwaves from larry wilmore, host of the nightly show; from jessica huang, on fresh off the boat; from viola davis, when accepting her prize; and from scandal’s rowan, with words both painful and wise.Read More »

migrantische communities in st. georg, hamburg

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Gegenseitige Ökonomie: Die Centrum-Moschee mit den auffälligen Minaretten befindet sich neben Lindenbazar, dem wahrscheinlich größten türkischen Supermarkt in Hamburg. (Foto: eslam.de)

Lezte Woche habe ich an einem besonderen Stadtrundgang teilgenommen. Das Thema war migrantische Communties in Sankt Georg, einer der vielfältigsten Stadtteilen in Hamburg.

Es hat viel Spaß gemacht. Was ich gelernt habe:Read More »

cognitive dissonance

cognitive dissonance (n): the state of maintaining two seemingly contradictory ideas

On the one hand, I don’t really believe that my continuing failure to find a job has anything (or much) to do with my gender or race. I think the positions I have been applying for are simply really competitive. I also believe that many of the other applicants are as qualified or more qualified than I am. Either my knowledge/experience is lacking or I didn’t sell myself well enough.Read More »

more unwanted encounters

I am sat on a bench in the park near my house, in front of a little pond, reading my friend’s thesis draft on my laptop.

A man walks past, turns to me briefly and bids me good morning. I glance up briefly and return the greeting before going back to my laptop.

A few seconds later the man turns back and starts talking to me. He’s dressed casually, wearing a magenta toque and holding a plastic shopping bag. Read More »