Story of the Week: Rubirosa
I’ve never broken up with someone because they were white…but I get it.
Representation Kills/Representation Gives Life
Representation is what enables the white establishment to persist in its lies and representation can dismantle those lies.
An Editor Can Uphold or Dismantle Systemic Racism
The racial composition of the publishing industry impedes our nation’s efforts to reconcile with its past, atone for its crimes, and learn from its mistakes.
“Five Reasons Why Representation Matters”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once’s” sweep of the Academy Awards was a giant win for Pan-Asian representation in American film, LGBTQ representation, and representation of people everywhere who have difficulties with their immigrant parents. Given its Oscar love, this seems like solid proof that people who don’t fall into those categories can still enjoy a…
Building Equity into Your Infrastructure: a workshop – Wednesday, March 1, 2023
It had never occurred to me that work in an organization could be done differently until I started working with The Enneagram Prison Project in 2019. At that time, leadership was beginning to explore the possibilities of creating an organization which welcomed every voice to the table and supported each member to gravitate towards the…
A Few Thoughts on “Playing Both Sides”
My mom’s a Puerto Rican, my dad’s a Jew , and I grew up in The Bronx. Last week on LinkedIn, Linda Espinosa Valencia reposted a TikTok of storyteller Christopher Rivas talking about how easily, when it comes to racist dynamics, brown people can play “both sides.” To Christopher Rivas’ observation I add, and when they’re mixed, they…
The Principles of Teal and Building Equity into Your Infrastructure
In 2014 Fred Laloux wrote a book called “Reinventing Organizations” which has birthed a movement in the world of organizational design called “Teal.” And, If you are a geek for structures of any kind, I highly recommend reading this clear and sometimes humorous overview of the ways human beings have organized themselves to get things…
Girls Can Do Anything! (if they’re white)
A lifetime ago when I was editing extreme sports videos, the only women, white or otherwise, who showed up in the footage were girlfriends and wives.
Little (White) Women
In 2019, I read a profile of Greta Gerwig in The New York Times that triggered me so deeply, I wrote a thousand page journal entry about it.
REPRESENTATION: In Education, in the World and on the Page
When, as People of Color, we change ourselves to accommodate an inherently racist status quo, we lose the best of what we have to offer our families, our communities and our ancestors.