Category Archives: Essay

Value vs Worth: The Economics of Human Being

by Afroliterati

Over the years, working in an operations capacity at computer, bio tech, and aerospace companies, I’ve consistently witnessed Black Americans, and people of Latin, Hispanic, and African descent in lower wage jobs – security, reception, cafeteria worker, copy and janitorial services, and I’ve felt a kinship with them. Beyond the melanin. It’s a kinship of status, of a certain class to which we’ve all been relegated, together. Continue reading Value vs Worth: The Economics of Human Being

On Ed Murray and Those 1980s Rape Allegations

by Geov Parrish

(This essay previously appeared on Geov.org and has been reprinted with permission)

The Seattle Times dropped a bombshell on the local political scene last night, publishing a lengthy account of interviews with three separate men who claim that Mayor Ed Murray paid them for sex and then raped them for years while they were underage gay drug abusers in the 1980s. Continue reading On Ed Murray and Those 1980s Rape Allegations

Essay: What We Must Become

by Marcus Harrison Green

(The following is an edited transcript of a speech given on 1/29/17 at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Audio of the speech can be heard here)

Marshaling my words was tough today.  Like most of you I’ve experienced a roller-coaster of emotion, spurts of hope mixed in with utter despondency -watching the news is a tortuous act of masochism.

 There are of course cracks of daylight to behold. Continue reading Essay: What We Must Become

Essay: UW Creates Safe Space for Notorious Troll While Violence Breaks Out in Red Square

by Erica C Barnett 

“I am considered, today, so dangerous that today I’m the second most dangerous man in America—after, of course, Daddy.”

“Daddy,” of course, is Donald Trump, and the person speaking was Milo Yiannopoulos—the professional outrage purveyor best known for promoting Gamergate, getting kicked off Twitter for his racist rants against actor Leslie Jones, and signing a $250,000 book deal. Yiannopoulos spoke Friday night at the University of Washington to a crowd of about 200—students and paying “VIPs” who made it inside Kane Hall before protesters outside blocked the entrance. Continue reading Essay: UW Creates Safe Space for Notorious Troll While Violence Breaks Out in Red Square

On Fear and Anger and Fighting Back

by Reagan Jackson

Jab, jab, straight. V dip, hook punch. I keep my feet moving and my guard up, in sync my partner. It’s the 11th session of a 14-week boxing class called We Fight Back and we are finally sparring. My shirt is soaked through with sweat and my muscles are screaming, but I am grinning through my mouth guard. I’ve needed this. Continue reading On Fear and Anger and Fighting Back

Sunday Essay: The Rural America That is Part of Me

by Irene DeMaris

I moved to Seattle in 2008 and it rocked my world. To understand why, I need to share a little about my life before the Emerald City.

I grew up in a small town, then went to college in another small town, and thought I’d end up in a smaller big town (Portland). Diversity was the one African American family and one Latino family in my school. Continue reading Sunday Essay: The Rural America That is Part of Me

Slow Internet Walk to City Hall: An Absurd Procession for Municipal Broadband

by Brett Hamil

Less than a block into our Slow Internet Walk from Comcast’s office to City Hall, a construction worker approached in solidarity.

“Comcast is terrible!” he said. The TV cameras turned from us to him. A KOMO reporter asked him about his experience with Comcast.

“Oh, they’re the worst. The problem is there’s no real competition. If there was some other option-“ Continue reading Slow Internet Walk to City Hall: An Absurd Procession for Municipal Broadband