An Open Letter to Those Asking “Where’s the Racism?”

Racism most often manifests subconsciously, and because the current climate insists on reinforcing stereotypes, no one is exempt from its manifestation. But identity and morals are not necessarily defined by one’s base impulse. For this reason, humanity is not beyond redemption. Continue reading An Open Letter to Those Asking “Where’s the Racism?”

Roots to STEM: The Underrepresentation of Black Women in the Sciences

Black women face a very specific and unique set of stereotypes that strain the degree of their engagement in many societal and public spheres. One such rarely-investigated sphere is the STEM fields, where black women are exceptionally underrepresented. In response to an academic Documentary Video Challenge, my colleagues and I at Drake University sought to … Continue reading Roots to STEM: The Underrepresentation of Black Women in the Sciences

Défiler by Stromae: A commentary on upward mobility

Stromae, a world-famous Belgian musician, left the spotlight after the release of his second album in 2013 and has since remained dormant. But he emerged from his occupational slumber in April 2017 to release a single—”Défiler,” meaning “to parade.” The song is just under ten minutes long and comments on two primary themes: the movement … Continue reading Défiler by Stromae: A commentary on upward mobility

The temporally-integrated dolphin on etymology relating to newspapers

There’s a reason why the words text and textile are so similar. They both stem from sheep’s wool. Wool shows up in many places in the English language. The Latin word for tuft of wool is burra, which incidentally often covered desks, giving us words like bureau and bureaucracy.  The first printing press in England … Continue reading The temporally-integrated dolphin on etymology relating to newspapers

A non-euclidean parable

Imagine yourself in Flatland. You are a two-dimensional being confined to a surface of unknown concavity. Your interactions with other bodies in Flatland are limited to one-dimension; you see them as lines of varying length, growing bigger as they approach you, shrinking smaller as they move away. You’re an existential stick figure, one whose identity … Continue reading A non-euclidean parable