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At the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic, writer Arundhati Roy wrote a brilliant piece in the Financial Times titled “The pandemic is a portal.”

With her usual grace, biting wit and masterful command of language, Roy covers a range of topics: the meaningful social interactions we took for granted pre-pandemic, the ways COVID-19 both caused and exposed economic inequalities, the absurdities of Narendi Modi and other world leaders scrambling to deny the impact of the virus, and the solidarity that could come from the shared disruption to our lives.

At the end of the piece, Roy gives her central…

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In 2016, I traveled solo to Rio de Janeiro and then Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.

I wanted to trip to be half-reporting, half-vacation, but when my story pitches fell through, the whole week to left to explore. My Portuguese was pretty elementary, but I felt at least confident enough to speak simple phrases and ask short questions.

Rio was a lot like how I imagined it would be—humid, greenery spotting tightly-packed streets and buildings. The people were beautiful, expressing the colorful mosaic of humanity. …

Right now I’m reading “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee. It’s a great book and McGhee gives clear but engaging examples of how racialized zero sum thinking has manifested itself throughout American history.

There’s a huge elephant in the room when talking about race or racism in America. We avoid it, but regardless of race, class, gender, political ideology, religion, citizenship status, etc., millions and millions of Americans believe in one incredibly powerful logical fallacy: that minority progress, particularly the progress of black people, is, by definition, achieved by taking things from white people.

We compartmentalize it differently, we…

Well-meaning folks who assert that we shouldn’t do “oppression olympics” often say this as a call for solidarity. The logic is that comparison can breed contempt, as folks can end up feeling that their own hardships have been erased, their own concerns minimized. Mutual recognition is the goal, so we shouldn’t place a hierarchy on experiences with oppression.

But this assertion has two effects (aside from its intent): it diminishes the extent to which certain forms of oppression (for example, anti-blackness) are unique in degree and in kind within the American context, and promotes the idea that visibility will lead…

The new Pokémon Snap game on Nintendo Switch hits stores on April 30.

The remake of the beloved Nintendo 64 game is getting released at an opportune time too. As it would happen in the U.S., Snap is set to be released just a couple weeks after President Biden’s target date for all adults to be vaccine-eligible. Though we aren’t out of the woods yet, the new Snap could be the perfect “post-pandemic” game. I surmise that it will provide folks with escape during our rough times, similar to the way Animal Crossing did at the onset of the pandemic.

Getting a foot in the door of journalism has been a grind for me.

Since a young age, I knew that there was no version of my grown-up life that didn’t involve writing. Whether I was an author, a firefighter, a college professor, or sold hot dogs at baseball games, writing was simply part of me.

I didn’t know I wanted to be a journalist until I got out of college. I had a music blog where I’d post new songs and writer articles about a range of topics (most of which were ironically not about music). I started writing…

The mass shooter in Atlanta embodied the flawed logic that racial stereotypes reflect fact-based truths

Activists outside Gold Spa following Tuesday night’s shooting, where three women were gunned down, on March 18, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

Racism introduces absurdism into the human condition. Not only does racism express the absurdity of the racists, it generates absurdity in the victims.

— Chester Himes

Our nation is mourning the recent attacks on the Asian American community. On Tuesday, a man murdered eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. This comes amidst the global pandemic where anti-Asian hate speech and violence are on the rise.

As we watch the coverage of this tragedy, many of us are privy to the absurdity of racism in America. This absurdity was even articulated by the man who carried out the killings. The…

This picture is a crude photoshop to provide visual analog but is in no way created by or associated with Elon Musk, “Starbase,” Tesla, etc.

A couple weeks ago, I saw in the news that Elon Musk said he wanted to create a city called “Starbase” in Texas. It was reported that SpaceX has approached Boca Chica county officials with the idea of incorporating the city.

Starbase does sound kinda cool and its certainly doable for someone with as much money and influence as Musk has. Although, he is a polarizing figure — a lightning rod of veneration and criticism. His companies have made contributions to our society but have also been found to violate labor laws. …

An anti-Semitic slur used during a Twitch livestream embodies the casual toxicity found in gaming culture

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My very first experience using live voice chat while gaming was at a friend’s house playing Halo. At the time, it felt novel to talk with strangers while playing a simulated war game online. I had a mix of apprehension and curiosity. And though I enjoyed Halo a lot, I wasn’t the best at shooting games. But I gave it a shot anyway.

I put on my friend’s headset, expecting some form of trash talk. I doubt more than a couple of minutes had passed before the person on the other end asked, “Are you Black? …

There’s a type of stolid veil you’re suppose to put up as a man. Society often treats men and boys as if confidence and aggression are the only legitimate emotions they can display. Other emotions that are softer in denotation become “soft” in connotation. The downside is there is a level of suppression tied to masculinity, coupled with impulse of identity self-defense.

Sometimes I think of the way we have constructed masculinity like a sandcastle—the larger and more ornate it looks, the more it guises its fragility and the more we feel like we need to defend it.

In my…

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Joshua Adams is a writer at from Chicago. UVA & USC. Taught media and communication at DePaul & Salem State. Twitter: @journojoshua

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