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: a blog by an American biracial woman book nerd

How To Be An Ally

Can we talk about performative allyship for a minute? Social media has made everyone believe they are an activist. Most of them are not. Most are taking less than a second to like or repost something yet keep their mouth shut when someone around them hurls a racist slur. Most are turning away when homophobic…

PODCAST: Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock

“Dear Mother,   I see your fears baked into how you raised me.  I see them tremble from your lips as you warn me.  I know you are terrified of the world that could swallow  me whole.  But Mother, you need not fear,  because even if I am swallowed up,  I will kick until I am…

Don’t Meet Your Heroes

A perk of living in one of the largest cities in the world is that a lot of other people are there too: people I idolize; people I would never meet in the little Midwest city where I grew up. I was ecstatic to discover an author I had obsessed over for years was making…

I Didn’t Google The Woman Who Hit Me With Her Car

I live in one of those suburbs that used to be farmland fifteen years ago but now any stretch of undeveloped land is doomed to become rows of track homes. The population is vastly white (89%) with the largest minority group being Asian (9%).* It’s a community of upper middle class families working hard to…

Say Hi

My son is nonverbal. He’s closer to two than one in age and is the size of an average three year old closer to four in age. He’s got giant brown eyes and curly almost blonde hair. His cheeks dance a samba when he runs and his feet are what we call “cornish hens.” He’s…

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