Category: social justice

To my white friends and family

To my white friends and family

You are all good people. You love your family and your friends. You love your country. You work hard and you deserve all the good things you have, and then some. I understand that when someone—anyone—accuses America as a whole or white people in general of being racist, you feel offended and defensive. You feel like...

Voice

Voice

All around me, people are declaring loud and clear that other human beings with different genders, sexualities, and religious beliefs are not, in fact, human beings. That they are less than. Different (in the worst way). Other. There’s Orlando. And the scores of black men being killed by police for no reason. And Trump. And...

Yuppies

Yuppies

Perhaps it’s the writer in me, perhaps it’s my mother’s nosiness, but when I eat at restaurants, I can’t help but observe the diners sitting around me. On a recent trip to Buffalo, New York, for the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, my husband and I ate dinner at a local vegetarian-friendly restaurant called Merge....

Adding diversity to my fiction

Adding diversity to my fiction

I was halfway through writing my MFA thesis—a collection of feminist retellings of Warren Zevon songs—when I read Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti (one of my favorite feminist authors) and realized I’d made a glaring omission in my project. All my main characters were women, yes, but they were all white women. As soon...

Dog bless America

Dog bless America

Every year around the Fourth of July, people start saying “GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!” like if they don’t their god will strike the earth with fire and lightning and destroy everything. As someone who really, really, really loves the United States, I have MAJOR problems with this over-abundance of religious sentiment mixed with patriotic fervor. Last...