Election Year: Substance versus Symbols

In five months Americans will elect their next president. I will not make any predictions regarding the victor. Life has taught me the value of taking a wait and see approach to such matters. But with our currently heightened racial tensions I am keenly aware of how politicians are addressing this moment. Last week Joe […]

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Let’s Get It Started:Countdown to the 2016 Presidential Election

Last night the first debate with the Republican presidential candidates took place, aired and hosted by FOX News. I wanted to watch most of it, initially tuning in about thirty minutes after the debate began. But ¬†as soon as my Salvadorena adopted mother heard Donald Trump’s attacks on Latino immigrants-a strategy that is sadly working […]

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Aware But Not Immersed:Coping With Repetitive Negativity In the Media

Another week, another hashtag. There was a time when I eagerly latched on to any narrative that dominated my timelines, particularly those which related to race relations in my country. But when news of the latest outrage erupts online I now caution myself to stop, breathe and take some time to think. I don’t see […]

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