Mission and Vision
To amplify Global Majority voices and stories that have traditionally been marginalized and create a more inclusive, vibrant, and just society.
Commonly Used Terms and How I Understand Them
Identities and Terminology
I identify as a neurodivergent mixed Latina of the Global Majority who uses her light skin (aka White Privilege) to better amplify voices of Global Majority people, especially women/femmes, and to further the aims of antiracism and abolition.
Here's a whole bunch of terms that are frequently thrown around interchangeably and what I understand them to mean.
Black, Indigenous, People of Color
Women of Color
I most like the term Global Majority because it is not explicitly related to ideas about race and encompasses people from various ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. I also feel that it celebrates the practice of integrating ancestry into one's professional and creative identities rather than assuming an assimilation into whiteness.
However, I often use the terms BIPOC and Women of Color (WOC) because they are widely recognized and appear most frequently in online searches. These terms, however, are complicated by questions of what constitutes color and how to account for lighter-skinned members of the Global Majority.
Traditionally Underrepresented and Traditionally Marginalized are historically accurate but they are a mouthful to say. The terms apply not only to specific races and ethnicities but also to people of certain castes, classes, socio-economic status, and physical and mental dis/abilities.
What does it mean to be Mixed/Mixed Race? Generally, it means that at least one of your biological parents is of a Globally Major, BIPOC, or otherwise racialized identity. While Latinx people are considered BIPOC, the majority of are a mix of Indigenous, Spanish, Black, and other European backgrounds which demonstrates the absurdity of racial classification. IYKYK.
Racism is a blanket term for the system of oppression which preferences light skin over dark.
Colorism often refers to an internalized system of oppression by which a community shows a preference for its own members of lighter skin and discriminates against those with darker skin. Colorism is what accords White Privilege to People of Color whose skin is light enough to pass for white.
Antiblackness is the phenomenon of discrimination against and hatred for people perceived as Black. This is particularly pernicious in movements and organizations which support People of Color but nevertheless end up practicing colorism and preferencing non-Black People of Color over those who are Black.
Antiracism is the practice of actively identifying and opposing racism. The goal of anti-racism is to actively change policies, behaviors, and beliefs that perpetuate racist ideas and actions.
The present-day Abolition movement seeks to end the structures which subjugate Black lives and to replace them with systems that remedy community afflictions with dignity, respect and humanity.