Tag Archives: Identity

familiar feelings.

My sister sent me this article (linked below).  The same sister who, when visiting me in Uganda told me, “You’re not as nice as you used to be.” She insisted she didn’t mean it in a bad way.  She meant … Continue reading

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some thoughts on hatred and healing.

I had only one night in Bujumbura (Burundi). Bed was tempting. I was filthy, exhausted, and had eaten only a few tiny bananas all day. But I was determined to rally. I caffeinated myself and took a chilly shower and … Continue reading

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a new tag.

I still get called muzungu and various other words for “white person” quite often.  Even after one and a half years, sometimes the word still feels like an epithet (even though I know it is rarely meant to be as … Continue reading

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count it.

Just a few weeks ago, I sent my overseas election ballot from the Tororo post office. As I was moving from my house across town to drop it in the mail slot, I met with several Ugandan friends and acquaintances. … Continue reading

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in my skin.

I am like a photo negative of almost all the people around me. Not only is my skin really light with the help of my SPF 50, but my hair is light and getting lighter. The word used for a … Continue reading

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sex.power.tradition.

I don’t want to say that inequality doesn’t exist in America. It does. But in the US, inequality exists concurrently with an ideal that says we must always strive for equality. Sometimes our belief in this dream blinds Americans to … Continue reading

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american-ness.

There are certain things about being American that are hard to shake. (I used to have this essay in the links section, but the online version disappeared. I’ve decided to re-post here, because I think it captures some important thoughts … Continue reading

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