Blood or Water

It’s the English proverb we’ve all heard: Blood is thicker than water. . Our society takes this as a given, for the most part. Family ties are stronger than any bonds we can form with anyone else. We are beholden to those people whose blood runs in our veins, more so than we are to even … Continue reading Blood or Water


I am a plant growing in the ground, rising up alongside all the others, perpetually shaped by the sun and the storm. But if you look closely at the spot where my stem sinks into the dirt, you will see it is twisted and warped. As I passed from my birth mother’s arms into the … Continue reading Uprooted

A Consumer Revolution?

Corporations often seem to care about marginalized communities, but only if it is beneficial for them. When Coca-Cola airs a commercial about cultural diversity in America, or Nike decides to design a performance hijab, it’s difficult for left-leaning news publications and Facebook friends not to get excited. Consumers write and disseminate articles about these sorts … Continue reading A Consumer Revolution?

The Danger of the “Suitable” Parent Narrative

Who is considered a "suitable parent" in American society? Whenever I examine this question, I find myself bouncing between stereotypes and reality. We know there is a correlation between parents’ socioeconomic status and their children’s educational outcomes. We know, too, that parents with a higher socioeconomic status can pass that on to the next generation, … Continue reading The Danger of the “Suitable” Parent Narrative

You’re Not Like the Other Ones: How Selective Colorblindness Harms Adoptees of Color

“But she’s not THAT kind of Mexican!” exclaimed my mother's acquaintance, backpedaling in the conversation after stating there were "too many Mexicans" at our local middle school. I, my mother’s adopted brown daughter, heard about this conversation later. My 12-year-old brain struggled to understand what kind of Mexican was so bad, what kind of Mexican … Continue reading You’re Not Like the Other Ones: How Selective Colorblindness Harms Adoptees of Color