After being told he has six months to live because of an enlarged heart, 15-year-old Anthony Stokes was recently informed he would not be placed on the list to receive a life-saving heart transplant because of his history of “non-compliance.”
As a younger man, I was vaguely aware of the dual racism and sexism of the trophy white girlfriend -- the sexism of reducing a woman into a status symbol and the self-hating racism of exoticizing her whiteness as “pure” or “unique.
I had heard horror stories from the 50-year-olds and up ranging from the nurse twists your breasts into weird angles to she slams the plates down on your breasts. But I dismissed those tales as nothing but ridiculous exaggerations. Mere myths.
While some have argued that people of color can put an end to racism if we just stop calling it as we see it, scientist and activist Joseph Osmundson is imploring his white brethren to become allies in the fight against racism.