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I haven’t always capitalized the ‘W’ in my own writing, but I do now

A photo illustration that has “Black” with three lines under B, and “White” with three lines under W, for capitalization.
A photo illustration that has “Black” with three lines under B, and “White” with three lines under W, for capitalization.


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Low ·​ Key [ loh — kee ] adj./adv. slang. quiet and restrained; not very forceful, emotional or noticeable; secretly.

Illustration: Alexandra Bowman


Choctaw was not taught to me, but now I need it to live authentically

A black and white vintage photo of Choctaw women weaving baskets in the early to mid 20th century.
A black and white vintage photo of Choctaw women weaving baskets in the early to mid 20th century.
A group of Choctaw Indian women weave baskets at St Matthews Church in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, early to mid 20th century. Photo: Visual Studies Workshop/Getty Images


Accepting the way I look, walk, and talk is the ultimate self-care

Photo: Maskot/Getty Images


I realize now that it’s my responsibility to present my authentic self to others

Illustration: Vrinda Zaveri
While I was home for Thanksgiving break, I wanted to ask the most important woman in my life: how do you pronounce my name?


Internalized racism made me forget, but I’m learning to reclaim my superpower

Illustration: Amy Lee Ketchum


Illustrations: Mary Vertulfo

White men do not own the English language, and no one should be held up to this standard to be understood


Dangerous’ or anti-American posts cannot be screened through translation services, which do not provide the full context

Photo of a man holding  his mobile phone that says “We left Syria because of war and we want safety” on Google Translate.
Photo of a man holding  his mobile phone that says “We left Syria because of war and we want safety” on Google Translate.
Photo: NurPhoto/Getty Images


Yep it’s a long name and it’s fine if you don’t quite get it first time

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash

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