The problem here isn’t that we think Richard Cohen gags at the sight of an interracial couple and their children. The problem is that Richard Cohen thinks being repulsed isn’t actually racist, but “conventional” or “culturally conservative.” Obstructing the right of black humans and white humans to form families is a central feature of American racism. If retching at the thought of that right being exercised isn’t racism, then there is no racism.
Context can not improve this. “Context” is not a safe word that makes all your other horse-shit statements disappear. And horse-shit is the context in which Richard Cohen has, for all these years, wallowed.— TA-NEHISI COATES, Richard Cohen in Context
Ignoring our common struggles and presence because of white privilege and historical ignorance is no longer an excuse. Solidarity cannot come from only one group reaching out to the other. White feminists must come to grips with their own internalized structures of racism, classism, and even sexism that prevent them from seeing other feminists of color. It is also important to understand women of color may not be comfortable calling themselves feminists. Understand that this reticence stems from both historical constructs of feminism and structures of communities and beliefs that may not want to call ourselves feminists.
Most importantly, all sides must work together to address current setbacks in the fight for women’s rights, especially reproductive rights. While the rhetoric of the right is about “protecting” women, the rules enacted in states like Virginia, Texas, and others are anything but. As reproductive rights of women are being eroded and erased in states like Texas and North Carolina, among others, surely there is a way to get past this invisibility issue. The issues facing women in the United States today are too important to ignore, and if we’re going to drive into a better future for women, let us make sure we know who is riding with us.— Profesor Anthea Butler, Women of Color and Feminism: A History Lesson and Way Forward
McDonald’s may have been sincere in its attempt to help employees budget. But the company is blind to the realities. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. If this budget assumes only one earner working two jobs, that equates to 74 hours a week at minimum wage. If that worker is a single mother, like Teresa, she may need child care for those 74 hours, the cost of which would be astronomical.
While these aren’t issues unique to McDonald’s employees, McDonald’s has a unique opportunity as a worldwide leader of the fast-food industry to raise the standards by which companies treat low-wage employees. The budgeting tool is a transparent acknowledgement that its employees are struggling. Let’s ask McDonald’s to go one step further in tangibly improving the lives of its employees.— Anika Rahman, McDonald’s Sample Budget Is Not ‘Good for Us All’—Especially Not Women With Children