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Archive for February 2014

Post-Racial My Ass

Posted by: erika on: February 25, 2014

This morning I browsed the New York Times on my phone while waiting for my rather late train, “Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple with Racial Tensions”.  I read the title and was immediately angry and frustrated, I thought the term “Colorblind” went out of vogue 10 years ago. In the news media and in popular culture, […]

Welcome to Arizona, Unless You’re Gay (or appear to be)…

Posted by: erika on: February 20, 2014

…or you’re black or brown or another non-white variant. Please don’t come if you’re a white person who is married to someone who isn’t white. Or if you wear something on your head for religious purposes, or G-d forbid, you wear something on your face for religious purposes. Please don’t speak a language other than […]

Ohhh, Project!

Posted by: erika on: February 19, 2014

So it’s no surprise that M and I are engaged and we’re 34 which means that we’re also trying to have a baby! I’ve been blogging about it for a year under a pen name. I’m not ready to reveal that just yet, but what I am doing is working on a project called A […]

We’ve got a Problem Here

Posted by: erika on: February 18, 2014

A few minutes ago a friend shared a disturbing video on Facebook. I stopped watching MTV around Real World Hawaii, so I have no idea who Charlamagne is. This does not make me an out of touch black person. What is out of touch, is the fact that black folks in Time Square could easily […]

A Cross-Post from Jewschool

Posted by: erika on: February 18, 2014

I wrote a guest post for Jewschool about JMN‘s Parlor Meeting. When there were rumbles about yet another Weather Event in New York on February 6th, I got considerably more anxious than I normally would have, given that I work from home (or wherever) and don’t own a car I have to dig out. If […]

When Hebrew Israelites Invade!

Posted by: erika on: February 17, 2014

I’ve written about Hebrew Israelites before and while I generally think that writing about Messianic Jews and Hebrew Israelites  gives these communities unnecessary press, I do have to share something that happened to me at Friday night service. I’ve mentioned before that my beloved shul’s music director has left. It’s thrown me into another and more […]


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