The past five years have been very difficult ones for me. The fundamental shock of seeing my fellow countryfolk vote for Trump in the 2016 election curdled into a trauma over time, as I learned just how mistaken I was about the attitudes of the Americans around me — even folks I thought had been … Continue reading Kwanzaa 2021: Umoja (Unity)
Hot take: achieving unity is an active effort that requires us to see the virtues in others and the flaws in ourselves.
Habari gani? You might not know it, but today is the first day of Kwanzaa! A lot of people tend to dismiss Kwanzaa because it's a made up holiday, or because it promotes divisiveness by centering the African diaspora, or because the whole thing sounds so silly. But all holidays were newly made up at … Continue reading Kwanzaa, Day 1: Umoja (Unity)