Black Girl, Grad School

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Long Overdue, Grad School Update

Posted on 2019-03-14

It seems that I have been away from my blog for exactly eight months now. If you’re still following my writing even with my inconsistency, then, thank you. If you’re no longer following and just happen to be passing by and seeing this post, I also want to thank you, because you shouldn’t have to put up with something that is not consistent. Due to my inconsistency, I have merged my more personal blog with this one, so that all of my blogging is under one umbrella. Hopefully, this makes it so that blogging doesn’t seem like an overwhelming feat for me–in terms of thinking which type of post goes where, etc.– which may help me be more consistent when it comes to blogging. To…

Comps Results: 2/3; Why I Won’t Be The Angry Black Woman That White Supremacy Disrupts

Posted on 2018-06-29

I got my comps results on Tuesday! I passed my major and minor comps, but failed my core comps. This came as a shock to me, because whereas I anticipated failing 1 question on the core comps, I did not anticipate failing all 3 questions. I was passed by one core professor on 2/3 questions. But failed by the other professor on all 3. I posted the above status and then waited one day before I sent out emails thanking my committee’s readers. On the day that I found out, I also went to the gym to blow off some steam (and mostly lose some weight since the gym was planned before I got my results back). Most felt that there is no need…

Trump’s State of the Union Addresses Corporate America, Sander’s Response to Trump’s #SOTU Addresses the Problems Facing the American People… Democrats Response Sticks to their “Stronger Together” Narrative to hide their Complacency with Trump (most notably, this is the same narrative which cost them the 2016 election).

Posted on 2018-01-31

Last night on JANUARY 30TH, Trump addressed the Nation. 70% of his speech, as dissected by Politico, was either “False,” “Mostly False,” or “Pants on Fire False.” This to say, that if you actually tuned in to watch Trump’s #SOTU, then you are most likely less informed about the State of our Union, than you would’ve been had you not watched it at all. Surprisingly, Trump starts off saying that the State of our Union is “stronger than ever”— who would’ve thought that just after a year in office, he’d “Make America Great Again?” Now, this is sarcasm which is hard to decipher in today’s political climate—but him saying that, should give you an idea about where the entirety of his speech headed. Essentially,…

Some thoughts on today…

Posted on 2018-01-18

So I have been having two thoughts today that I thought I’d share and also open up to comments on my thoughts.   Thought 1: Lately, I’ve been thinking about the role of the academic in all of the research that they do. I believe in activist research, however, if we are to say that morality is relative and thus conclude that it is illusive– and that objectivity is unrealistic–how do/should we advocate/fight for things in our work as academics?   I think that this is an important question, because I believe that inaction in the academy helps to produce conservatisms– and in some respects reinforce them. For instance, if we are to say that we are committed to progressive causes in the academy,…

We describe the “Underdeveloped World” / “Third World” / “The Global South” as shithole countries everyday…

Posted on 2018-01-13

Currently there is a huge uproar about U.S. President, Donald Trump, (allegedly) referring to majority black countries in Africa and Haiti as “shithole” countries. In this conversation, it is also alleged that he preferred to take black migrants out of the U.S., in favor of white immigration from European countries. I do not doubt that Donald Trump has said these things— he’s already proven himself to be quite the racist. I only use the word ‘alleged’ since Donald Trump currently wants to change our libel laws and crack down on his “internal enemies.”  And, unfortunately, I do not have the funds to be sued in regards to libel issues. Or the time to be spent in prison over what was probably said and denied…

Canada’s Financial Dominance in the Former English Caribbean Colonies (FECC)

Posted on 2018-01-10

I have some exciting news! A section of my Master’s paper was published today by COHA, entitled ‘Canada’s Financial Dominance in the Former English Caribbean Colonies (FECC).’ You can check it out here. Throughout the the Fall ’17 semester, I have been trying to publish this particular section because I felt that it was relevant, not receiving much attention academically, and going to contribute more to the topic due to my conclusions and connections that were drawn from the literature and data. Needless to say, this portion was rejected and usually without explanation and it made me feel a bit saddened. My work felt like it was not receiving the outlet that it deserved and I felt less ‘valid’ in some respects because of it. Especially since…

Happy New Year!

Posted on 2018-01-01

In short, we must intensify the struggle against a structural condition within the U.S. and replace it with something more progressive. However, because most people view their progressiveness outside of other populations realities, I have a feeling that in Sanders progressive vision, people of color and immigrants will continue to be disproportionately negatively affected.

Why must POC recount the trauma, violence, and stress in our lives, to be considered a legitimate applicant in a University’s diversity pool?

Posted on 2017-12-28

This twitter screenshot image has been floating around Facebook for awhile now, and I can’t help but to relate. In academia— just as in the media— people of colour (POC) are rarely given the opportunity to showcase the nuance that exist in our lives.  Instead, our lives are to have been traumatic for our experiences to matter to those in the academy. It is purposefully set up this way, because it is through recounting traumas and stresses in our lives, that people of color are able to gain entrance into the academy. It’s almost like we must showcase this sort of stressful performance art for white decision makers, and token POC that can be empathetic to our experiences. Earlier today, I read a piece…

Contradictions with being a Black Female Progressive

Posted on 2017-12-27

  As a Black woman, race matters. As a Black women progressive, race also matters. I have always thought that by default, Black women have had to be more progressive than everyone else, by way of where we stand on the social hierarchy in the U.S. (and in other Western countries). From my observations, in the instances where non-progressive views are being portrayed by Black women— it is due to an inability to push race to the bottom of our consciousness. This is because our race and gender are intrinsically tied together. The two— in the moments that they are unable to be reconciled—are unable to compete with one another. That is because race matters. In that, as a whole (again, in terms of…

The #GradTax is out of the final GOP Bill– Why I am still not Celebrating

Posted on 2017-12-19

The final tax bill by the GOP is still trash. Although the #GradTax is no longer in the bill, the #GOPTaxPlan still shits on the lower and middle classes in the long term— and does nothing for U.S. economic growth. We will most likely experience another recession/depression in 2020/2021 —and even though, to all my fellow graduate students, it looks like they won’t be taxing fictitious income—as low-income Americans, we will suffer still in the long term. Additionally, the current administration continues to pose threats to higher education and a free internet. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) was just given a list of banned words, in an effort to avoid certain types of language so that it could “ease the path toward budget…