I Needed Encompass Nine Years Ago – And Still Need It Today

As one of a few women of color working in the big groups, and one of even fewer women of color working in the high-pressure, white-male-dominated corporate outreach space, I have struggled. In my daily dealings with companies, colleagues, and members of the broader animal rights community, I have had to cope repeatedly with microaggressions and, at times, outright racism. Just as animals should be respected, their advocates should be too.

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“What are you?”: My Experiences with Racial Curiosity, Categorization, and “Othering”

As a biracial woman, I have been asked “what are you” more times in my life than I can count. Some evolutionary psychologists theorize that categorizing things in the world around us is part of our evolutionary psychology. Whatever the origins of this urge, we ought to be more conscious of it and how it seeps into our interactions with people of different races.

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