Background Check

From teaching a multiethnic array of Cabbage Patch Kids (and a few Dollar Store baby dolls) about the Civil Rights Movement to writing a letter to my ineffectual second grade teacher explaining to her that I thought she was racist, it has always been about race for me. Once I grew a little older and had to saturate my beaten-up Keds with white shoe polish at the start of the school year because I couldn’t afford new ones, it became about class. Then, when I grew older than that, and saw a classmate being harassed (without intervention from the teacher) because his brother was gay, it became about sexuality. Skip over college, and I bring you to graduate school, where everything-race, class, sexuality, and of course gender, came together to occupy my every existence. Couple that existence with the mass amounts of popular culture I consume, and you have me, April Scissors. I take all of those commercials, political commentary, moments on TV, and scenes in movies that we all see and hear in our daily lives, but may not notice as problematic, and point out all of the lovely ways they protect, uphold, enhance, and perpetuate racist, classist, sexist, homophobic, heteronormative, white supremacist, and thoughtless stereotypes and ideologies. As a bonus, you will not only find engaging, thoughtful critiques of popular culture and how we as a society consume that culture, but also instances of “That’s so racist/sexist/classist/homophobic-ist/hegemonic-ist” that occur in our everyday lives. And as a double bonus (and to prove that I have somewhat of a personality and other interests outside of racism), I’ll break up the dreadful talks about how awful the world is with music, videos, and photos. Essentially, April Scissors’ Cease and DaSista is giving you a graduate level feminist Media Studies education for free. You’re welcome and enjoy.

  1. i always enjoy the existence of another brilliant and articulate woman in this world. your choice of words is very sublime and appropriate and i am looking forward to read all of your posts.

    • Thank you, Yaya! I appreciate the kind words. I’ve been working on a few pieces these last few months and hope to have some new work up for the coming new year. Please check back. Cheers!

      • I most definitely will.
        Thank you for letting me know.
        Looking forward to read your materials..:-) peace!

  2. I am second generation Italian and I can relate to this. In elementary school racism was a big issue and not having the intervention from not even one teacher was very sad. St Ann’s School… in the east end of Toronto has been demolished…. I should be relieved but the memories live on.

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