FROM THE ARCHIVES: I’m Not Your Pretty Little Lotus Flower

Although Media Diversified is on a site break for the month of August while we develop exciting new projects, we still want to continue delivering challenging, insightful content to our readers — so we’ll be going into the archives to bring back some of our most-read articles. Joy Goh-Mah and Rowena Mondiwa’s “I’m Not Your Pretty… Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: “You can’t do that! Stories have to be about White people”

  Although Media Diversified is on a site break for the month of August while we develop exciting new projects, we still want to continue delivering challenging, insightful content to our readers — so we’ll be going into the archives to bring back some of our most-read articles. Darren Chetty’s “You Can’t Do That! Stories Have… Read More

Living in Black and White on Twitter: Why #AliveWhileBlack is Much More Important than #CrimingWhileWhite

by Queen Muse   Black people already know that white privilege exists. We know this because we observe it every day on our jobs, in our schools, and sometimes even while simply trying to get a good table at a restaurant. We also know that police brutality and discrimination are real issues that disproportionately affect… Read More

SketchFactor for the Middle East: Israel Is a ‘Good Country’ in a ‘Bad Neighbourhood’

by Zishad Lak This year we saw SketchFactor, an app which rates the ‘sketchiness’ of a neighbourhood to help individuals avoid ‘undesirable’ areas, reach the finals of New York’s Big Apps competition. Unsurprisingly, when we start to unpack what ‘sketchy’ actually means, the race implications become evident. The 47-second preview of Obama’s interview with the… Read More

“You can’t do that! Stories have to be about White people”

Young Writers of Colour by Darren Chetty I’ve spent almost two decades teaching in English primary schools, which serve multiracial, multicultural, multifaith communities. I want to explore two things I have noticed. 1)    Almost without exception, whenever children are asked to write a story in school, children of colour will write a story featuring white… Read More

‘Acting white’ – Bounty and coconuts

Black/Brown from the outside, white from the inside by Amna G Riaz I often hear this term ‘acting white’ being thrown about amongst people of a black or minority ethnic background (I will use people of colour or PoC from now on). Or the term ‘bounty’ or ‘coconut’ is used to describe PoC who in… Read More

Why I, An Asian Man, Fight Anti-Black Racism

by Scot Nakagawa I ’m often asked why I’ve focused so much more on anti-black racism than on Asians over the years. Some suggest I suffer from internalized racism. That might well be true, since who doesn’t suffer from internalized racism?  I mean, even white people internalize racism. The difference is that white people’s internalized… Read More

I’m Not Your Pretty Little Lotus Flower

Rowena’s Story “I love Asian women!” “Asian women are so hot.” “Japan, Korea, China?” “Asian women know how to treat a man!” Do any of these phrases sound familiar to you? If they do, congratulations. You’ve come across (or you are) a man — probably white — with so-called “Yellow Fever”. As an Asian woman living… Read More

#Hashtagging Third World Problems

#FirstWorldProblems #WhiteGirlProblems #MiddleclassProblems – we see you says @WritersofColour max read@max_read #WhitePeopleActivities ‘self-deprecating’ hashtags that ultimately cast white people as the sole occupants of a literate upper middle class Teju Cole@tejucole I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Teju Cole@tejucole Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant… Read More