The grey areas in America’s understanding of race

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2020


Why should it have taken a Kamala Harris – half Jamaican, half Indian, all American – to show the United States that race isn’t a Black or White matter? Perhaps because people can be fairly “illiterate” about multiracial identity. So says Nitasha Tamar Sharma, a professor at Northwestern University specializing in African American and Asian … Continue reading “The grey areas in America’s understanding of race”

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America’s most trusted dictionary will redefine racism

by Rashmee

Posted on June 12, 2020 / The Focus


Merriam-Webster has been in the business of word definitions for the better part of 200 years. Now, in a nod to the changing national and international discourse, America’s most trusted online dictionary  plans to revise its entry on racism . Merriam-Webster will now acknowledge that racism is systemic. One of the dictionary’s editors has admitted: “Omitting any … Continue reading “America’s most trusted dictionary will redefine racism”

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In the age of re-tweet rage, Mahatma Gandhi’s localism creed is relevant

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2016


Do you recognize this feeling? “I’m outraged. I’m exhausted from being outraged. I can’t afford not to be outraged. It’s outrageous.” Ty Burr wrote those lines in the Boston Globe after a few hours of being Twitter-bombed with requests to share in the communal fury surrounding the following: “A) Donald Trump’s use of a Jewish … Continue reading “In the age of re-tweet rage, Mahatma Gandhi’s localism creed is relevant”

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What do Palestinians share with America’s Blacks? The question of civil rights

by Rashmee

Posted on October 17, 2015


Only the most stony-hearted (or those who believe Benjamin Netanyahu is a man of peace) could fail to be moved by this video that shows us why Black Americans might feel as dehumanized and despairing as the Palestinians under Israeli occupation. Watch it if you can, here’s the link. “When I see them, I see … Continue reading “What do Palestinians share with America’s Blacks? The question of civil rights”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK