Posts tagged dealing with politics abroad
#notmypresident: Using Differences to Spark Change

January 20th, 2017 will undoubtedly go down as one of the saddest days in American history. It will go down as the day we the American people elected an unforgiving racist, sexist, privileged filthy rich joke to lead our country. As I have been preparing for this painful day I began to think on a famous quote by Maya Angelou which has been the theme of many organizations, campaigns, conferences, and speeches: “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.

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Black in Spain: "But, Where Are You Really From?" and the Questioning of Black Americans

Often, when I introduce myself to other people here, the question is asked, “De donde eres?” (Where are you from?)  With my typical response being, “Soy Americana.” (I’m American.)

On more occasions than I can count, my answer has been received with a mixture of surprise and slight disbelief. The person I’m speaking to either repeats the word, as if to confirm that they’ve heard me correctly,

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Why Politics Still Matter to Expats

Brothers and Sisters in disaffection, I’ve gathered you here today to discuss a matter of great contention… U.S. Politics. The phrase alone is enough to wrench the heart, send shivers down the spine and fatigue the spirit. U.S. Politics, not unlike my love life, are fraught, inconsistent and, at the present moment, bare a striking resemblance to a vaudevillian farce, which is why I more than empathize with the inclination so many of us have to opt out of political engagement altogether; especially those of us living abroad.

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