'Our Vote Matters Very Little': Kim TallBear on Elizabeth Warren's Attempt to Claim Native American Heritage

On Monday, 22 days ahead of the midterm elections, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a heartfelt, five-minute video about her family heritage. In it, she visited her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, where she and her brothers condemned Donald Trump’s racist nickname for her, Pocahontas. Then Warren leaned into…

Existing 'Is Enough to Piss People Off': Women Talk About Harassment on the Campaign Trail

While we celebrate that a record number of women are running for office, it’s worth considering the shit they put up with just to be heard. A group of current and former candidates talked to the New York Times about the harassment they’ve dealt with while campaigning. Their stories are depressing and sometimes…

In Search of 'Objectivity,' the Media Amplifies Bigotry Again and Again

A few weekends ago, I got into a series of arguments with a white man I didn’t know at a housewarming party for someone else I didn’t really know. Somewhere between our civil shouting matches about #BlackLivesMatter, American policing, and “not seeing color” (an idea I find absurd and counterproductive), he took the…

Nothing Says Help My Computer's Been Hacked Like Flying a Nazi Flag Outside Your House 

Imagine that you’ve been hacked. What do you do? Maybe you spend two hours poking around the Internet for an answer, only to fuck up your computer so bad you need your neighbor’s kid to fix it. Maybe you call Geek Squad. Or, if you’re white, I guess you might freak out and call 9-1-1. But if you are Central New York…

'I Don't Have to Explain Shit to You': Restaurant Manager Fired After Ordering a Black Woman to Leave [Update]

Asking for plastic cutlery, sitting too long, and taking too long in the bathroom have all been alleged reasons for arresting black people at restaurants in 2018; questioning the restaurant’s credit card policy is also grounds for throwing a person out of the building, it seems. The Kansas City Star reports that the…