White People, Don’t Be So Sensitive When We Point Out Racism

A woman I work with is moving from Utah. She of white, black and Native American ancestry, her Black husband, their two young children, even the nanny — they can't take it anymore. It's not a diverse place — understatement of the year, apparently — and too many of its populace can't keep their hands out …

Aunt Jemima Is Dead

I must say I don’t feel the least bit gruesome for the subtle satisfaction I feel in acknowledging — dare I say, low key celebrating? — someone’s demise. But I don’t. I suppose it helps that Aunt Jemima isn’t actually a person. She’s a construct. An antiquated, racist construct that has now officially been rebranded. Out with …

Cyborg Is No More — at Least Not Ray Fisher’s Version

So, actor Ray Fisher is in the news. He will officially not be continuing his role as Cyborg in the upcoming movie The Flash, but not because of bad behavior or illness. It appears he's been fired for being too truthful. The short version is, he called out Justice League director Joss Whedon for racist, abusive behavior on set, and …

To Avoid Arrest and Death in Cases of Domestic Terrorism, It’s Best to Have Blue Eyes and White Skin

My closest friends know I have a running joke about how in my next life I want to be reincarnated as a white man. I’d like to be 6’3″, fine, with thick, jet black hair, milk pale skin and blue eyes. I mean blue! That spooky, piercing Chris Pine/Paul Newman blue. The rest of me …

2021, Cool.

I wanted to be terribly hopeful and happy and excited about 2021, but I confess: I’m more like, meh. Honestly, it feels like just another day, which was, for me, par for the course for 2020. One day ran into the next, and before I knew it, my birthday passed. Then it was fall, and …

Pinterest Settles Big Discrimination Lawsuit, Ignores Key — Black — Players

So, Pinterest settled a huge discrimination lawsuit this week. Francoise Brougher, its former chief operating officer, received $22.5M. It’s big. But what’s interesting is that the women who initially brought the discrimination to light received virtually nothing. “Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks went public in June with allegations of racial and gender discrimination, two months before …

There Are No Winners, Only Losers in the Timnit Gebru-Google Situation

So, Google is in the news this week, and not in a good way. The company fired Timnit Gebru, co-leader of its Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, and her release to the marketplace was not amiable. Gebru announced her departure on Twitter after it happened, and immediately made it clear that it was hinky. She said …

The Media Is In Crisis, and It’s Taking America Down with It

In a word, what’s happening right now in the media, and low key in this country, is a shitshow. It’s like this Fast Company piece from Joe Berkowitz said: “We are heading down a dark path, and laughing all the way about the shoddy paving.” It’s ridiculous, but this is the reality. We are so bogged down …

Leaders Concede. They Know It’s Not the End, Nor Is It a Sign of Weakness

So, that person's refusal to concede the election has me thinking about leadership. Mine, the leaders I've encountered in the past, and those I've been privileged to work with recently. Self-reflection is really something. I think it's a mark of maturity — especially when you can do it calmly, with an eye on improvement. Not, say, to …