Category Archives: Perspective

You’ve Read 1000 Books

by Nikkita Oliver

I detest disclaimers. I strive to own my story, let you own your reaction, and vise versa. Nonetheless, I’d like to first quote fellowBad Feminist” Roxane Gay, from her TEDwomen Talk:

“As a feminist I feel a lot of pressure. We have this tendency to put visible feminists on a pedestal. We expect them to pose perfectly. When they disappoint us, we gleefully knock them from the pedestal we put them on…‘I am a mess.’ Consider me knocked off that pedestal before you try to put me up there.”

Disclaimer: I, too, am a mess with a lot of cleaning up to do. Continue reading You’ve Read 1000 Books

The 5th Estate Episode 1: Seattlish & South Seattle Emerald Have A Love Child

Here’s something that will surprise no one: Seattlish Editor-in-Chief Hanna Brooks Olsen and South Seattle Emerald founder Marcus Harrison Green like to get together for lunch (read: beers) sometimes and wax (sometimes less than) poetic about local and national politics. We like it so much that we decided to make it A Thing. Continue reading The 5th Estate Episode 1: Seattlish & South Seattle Emerald Have A Love Child

Perspective: What Wasn’t in the Mayor’s Budget Proposal

by Jerrell Davis

“Why did I get invited? Who didn’t get invited? Why can’t they come in? What’s the point of all this?!”

These were questions going through my mind as I walked into the crowded Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall on Monday for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s highly-anticipated annual budget speech. [FYI – Bertha Knight Landes was the first and only woman to serve as Seattle’s mayor, 1926] Continue reading Perspective: What Wasn’t in the Mayor’s Budget Proposal

Black Community Leaders Show Support for Seattle Students — No Matter What

by Reagan Jackson

(This article was originally published on The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)

For a second year in a row, dozens of mostly black-identified people of color gathered at Leschi Elementary School Friday morning to high-five students and teachers and send them best wishes on their school year. South Shore Elementary School followed suit last school year. Continue reading Black Community Leaders Show Support for Seattle Students — No Matter What

Articles of Faith: Observations on the Jewish Response to the Movement for Black Lives Platform From a Self Loving Antiracist White Jew

by Martin Friedman

For the purpose of this piece I will be referring to Blacks who are for the most part gentile and white Jews (Jews who have come to get the racial designation of White in the context of the US regardless of self identification).  This particular piece is really written for Jews who have come to be called White.  Jews who are also people of color are writing excellent pieces from their unique perspective.  I will not attempt to speak from that perspective.

What a(nother) crucial time for relationships between “Blacks” and “Jews”!  What will we choose?  Will we, as we have done so many times in the past, choose whiteness and the perceived safety that we feel goes with that in the US or will we choose to align ourselves with those that are most oppressed in a given society?  This is a very familiar spot for the Ashkenazi (and occasionally Sephardic) Jew who now gets a racial designation as white in the US.  Let’s get this out of the way right now.  Jewish, in the United States, isn’t a race.  It is a culture that includes both spirituality and religion and also includes non religious ways of life.  Jewish is also, arguably, an ethnicity based on being a cultural marker that has traveled with us and defined us.  In this country Jewish is NOT a race.  So please, Ashkenazi Jews, just stop saying, “I’m not white. I’m Jewish.”  Yes we are Jewish and we will also be assigned a race based on how we are commonly perceived by institutions and systems.  How we see ourselves or how we self identify does NOT matter in this race-constructed and race-constitutionalized country.  A Jewish person who is also Black, Latino, Asian, Native American or mixed race will be identified first by their race even as they self identify as a Jew. Continue reading Articles of Faith: Observations on the Jewish Response to the Movement for Black Lives Platform From a Self Loving Antiracist White Jew