Optimism as a Way of Life

I have always been positive. That was my attitude when at 17 I left Puerto Barros, my hometown, for Guatemala City. Because of the color of my skin and my gender, I suffered from hunger, discrimination, and harassment; but I also met people who helped me in good faith and enabled me to get ahead.

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Solidarity Is The Lifeline

At the time of this writing over 400,000 people in Brazil have died of COVID-19. This trend does not seem to be slowing down. As time passes, I am increasingly fearful for friends and acquaintances, as Afro-descendants and indigenous Brazilians are 38 percent more likely to die of COVID-19 than white Brazilians and 32 percent higher than the general population. Negationist attitudes among our current political leadership means that these deaths are being trivialized. On top of this, restrictions do not allow funerals, do not allow humane farewells, the sharing of tears, the necessary rituals of passage.

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Reimagining Policing In America

Reimagining Community Policing In America

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Reclaiming Our Identity Is Reclaiming Our Dignity

People of Afro-Japanese heritage like me (I am Ghanaian-Japanese) are not considered “true” Japanese due to our darker complexion. People

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I Love who I Have Become

The pandemic has been emotionally overwhelming and transformative – both for personal and professional reasons. There was so much uncertainty

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Harvard Kennedy School 2021 Diversity Report

Harvard Kennedy School 2021 Diversity Report

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Claiming My Identity’s Journey

This piece is a continuation of the Anti-Racism Policy Journal’s collaboration with Collateral Benefits.

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A Lexicon for Climate Justice

*Excerpt from a piece that will be published in the print/and digital editions of The Anti-Racism Policy Journal*

A Lexicon for Climate Justice

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From Paris to Death and Chaos

“The Anti-Racism Policy Journal is happy to partner with Collateral Benefits and Manos Visibles to bring you “Voices of the African Diaspora”, a series of perspectives from Afro-descendants across the world on surviving, overcoming, and transcending COVID-19. Collateral Benefits is a platform that through perspective papers aims to lift up the voices of African and Afro-descendant people from all walks of life so that their intellect, wisdom, and experiences can contribute to and shape the global conversations on the critical issues of our time.”
This piece is the first essay of the series we are publishing today.

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