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Scrap Papers: Black Excellence

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By Karima E. Rustin

Malcolm Mitchell, a 24-year-old rookie wide receiver for the New England Patriots, assisted New England in coming back from a 28-3 deficit to win the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, and take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While his teammates are reveling in their shared victory, Malcolm achieved another victory most people don’t know about. A victory he is more proud of than a Super Bowl ring.


The Pickaninnies March on Washington

By Lydia Holt



Perhaps it was a subconscious act of self preservation, but in the months and weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I had convinced myself that America would elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president--that we had no other viable option. If her opponent were elected it would be disastrous and to maintain my sanity, I firmly believed that we would come through the election with a capable and sane president. When I woke up to the reality of our now 45th, I damn near had a panic attack. Continue reading...

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NEW Let's Have That Conversation: Cognitive Dissonance

The Pickaninny Papers “Let’s Have That Conversation” is back! We spoke recently about cognitive dissonance--that discomfort we feel when holding two contradictory values at once. We loved Wonder Woman but were dismayed to learn that Steven Mnuchin--Trump supporter and our current U.S. Secretary of the Treasury--was one of the executive producers. We feel some tension in these situations because something we have learned doesn’t align with our values or who we think we are. Thinking about those moments of dissonance, how do they challenge who we think we are? Are we not “woke” or part of the resistance because we gave money to see a film funded by a Trump supporter who is cashing in big on this film? Where do we draw the line?

Listen in as we discuss how we justify continuing to enjoy, value or believe something that does not align with our values and who we think we are as “good people” and “feminists” and how we navigate dealing with cognitive dissonance.

Listen in here.

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