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First He Came for the Muslims

Posted by: erika on: November 17, 2016

Yesterday the Huffington Post reported that drumpf is considering registering Muslims. Hell, no. Fuck, no. Not this time, mother fucker! Not today, Satan, not today. drumpf spent his entire campaign promising to build a wall to “secure our boarders”, he promised to prevent all Muslims from entering our country, he promised to register Muslims living in […]

Yes, All White People

Posted by: erika on: November 12, 2016

Dear White People, Yes, all of you. I need you to do something. I need you to sit in your discomfort of this black woman saying that you (yes, you) are going to be okay. In your white skin you can and have lived with a world of privilege. You can walk down the street […]

What To Do With Your Liberal White Rage

Posted by: erika on: November 10, 2016

Tuesday night was a shock to a lot of us. After Florida was called for that racist bigot who might be the president elect I went to bed. I watched from my phone as the race continued to tip in his favor and I somehow fell asleep. I slept until my wife came in and […]

You’re Never Too Young To Learn About Racism

Posted by: erika on: June 6, 2016

For the past 10 days I’ve been back home in Ohio. The majority of the time I was here to take care of my three nephews; boys aged 9 and under. Most readers will remember that their mother, my sister (z”l), passed away from complications of long-term drug abuse. Since her death my parents have […]

#BlackLivesMatter and Yes, it’s Important to Say

Posted by: erika on: December 10, 2014

Last Tuesday was a hard one for me. When the Grand Jury in Staten Island returned a non-indictment verdict in the choking death of Eric Garner, another black man in a long line of black men who have died at the hands of police, was enraged. My responsibilities for the day were pushed aside and […]

A Rabbi Returns Home as Eyewitness to Ferguson: A Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: October 24, 2014

This was written by Sarah Barasch-Hagans, a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, is a rabbinic intern at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights for The Jewish Exponent Why did I go to Ferguson? I went as a rabbinical student, as someone raised in St. Louis and as someone in a multiracial family. But mostly […]

Black and Jewish in New Orleans-Cross Post

Posted by: erika on: April 6, 2014

  This was originally posted on Brassy Brown. December of 2013 found me in San Diego, California this year, attending the fiftieth Biennial of the Women of Reform Judaism. Although, this was the organization’s centennial, WRJ actually began at my synagogue in 1900 as “the Sisterhood”, the name still used by most members. When I […]

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 […]

I was completely unable to focus on my game of Tetris, instead felt hyper-aware of all of the brown people on the train. The 2 Train is an interesting train. In fact, according to Buzzfeed, it’s the 8th  best train in all of NYC. Most people get on and off between 14th street and 72nd […]

Mourning Trayvon Martin on Tisha B’Av

Posted by: erika on: July 15, 2013

When MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said on Sunday evening that our country makes her wish away black sons I felt a pit grow in my stomach. As we start to think about starting a family I’m struck and also worried. What if we have sons. Because we’re a biracial couple, we’re searching for donors who will reflect […]


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