Posts tagged "colonialism"

Pope Apologizes For Church’s Sins Against Native People Of The Americas

During his tour of South America this week, very progressive Pope Francis continued his legacy on Friday, by being humble and gracious – and (gasp!) not defensive about being Christian, by apologizing for the genocide of millions of indigenous people of South America.
In a speech to the people of Bolivia he said:
“I humbly…

Katrin Higher / July 11, 2015

Train Wreck African-Themed Fashion Show Had No Black Models Whatsoever

In this week’s news of egregious cultural appropriation, Japanese fashion designer Junya Watanabe showed his Spring 2016 collection at the Museum of Immigration in Paris and it was a terrible display of ersatz Colonialism that made me wince.
This looks as though J.Crew flew into a Masai tribe, stole all of their accessories and…

Katrin Higher / June 27, 2015

“Why Is My Curriculum White?” Is Exactly The Question We Should Be Asking About University Education

The hardest thing I was ever tasked with reading in a history course was Edward Said’s Orientalism. I dropped the course because it was totally over my head. That says a lot.
My major was twentieth-century European history, and my focus was on Germany, but specifically the rise of the Third Reich. I was

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 26, 2014

Dad Makes Daughter’s Dream Of Being A Princess Come True In The Most Obnoxious Of Ways

I get it: you have kids and you love them so much you just want to give them the world, or whatever comes closest to it. But sometimes giving your kids whatever they want in life comes at a price. In the case of Virginia dad Jeremiah Heaton, that meant traveling halfway across the world…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 14, 2014

Invisible Children, “Kony 2012″ & The Problem With Paternalism

Yesterday I posted a video from non-profit Invisible Children aimed at bringing Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice. Titled “KONY 2012,” the 30-minute spot has become an unstoppable viral sensation this week. Seemingly out of nowhere, the video’s popped up everywhere, on tons of friends Facebook pages, on Twitter and on countless blogs. That’s the…

Julie Gerstein / March 8, 2012