Category: Black, Race + American

A raw nerve

“That is why the attack in Kansas—and the lack of a response—has touched a raw nerve: If a well-educated, law-abiding, and legally-employed immigrant can’t work in the US without fearing for his life, who can?”

“The infuriating silence of Donald Trump over an Indian engineer’s murder in Kansas” on Fast Company

Donald Trump’s Silence

“It has been three days since Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Alok Madasani, and Ian Grillot were shot in a terrorist attack by a man who shouted, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire. Three days. Three days that the Indian-American community has been in mourning. Three days that a young woman has been widowed. Three days that the two survivors have been healing. Three days that minorities everywhere have been living in fear.

And not one word from Donald Trump.”

“Donald Trump’s Silence” by Supriya Kelkar on The Huffington Post

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I Am Not A Negro

“Yet Williams’ money and talent could not buy him acceptance. Clients refused to sit next to him during meetings, so he taught himself to start drawing upside down. In a 1937 essay for American Magazine called “I Am a Negro,” he wrote:

Today I sketched the preliminary plans for a large country house which will be erected in one of the most beautiful residential districts in the world. Sometimes I have dreamed of living there. I could afford such a home. But this evening, I returned to my own small, inexpensive home . . . in a comparatively undesirable section of Los Angeles. I must always live in that locality, or in another like it, because … I am a Negro.

I have Williams’ quote pasted on every Moleskine I own—not because I’m negative or an angry black woman. It is a reminder of the realities black people have endured throughout the history of the profession. It’s also encouraging; even with this overt racism, Williams still pushed and was a master in his craft.”

“Dear AIA: Please Acknowledge Us When We’re Alive” by Felema Yemaneberhan on CityLab