Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Obama and the “Reverse Bradley” Effect

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on October 29 2008, 7:10AM

Post-racism verses the “real” Americans In light of claims that we have reached a place of post-racism, Latoya at Racialicious aptly points out multiple examples of how this is actually untrue. In light of the events of Hurricane Katrina, the…


The Gwen Ifill defense

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on October 2 2008, 9:41AM

Originally published on Feministing Right-wing bloggers and journalists are making noise about Gwen Ifill moderating tonight’s debate, because (gasp), she is writing a book about race and American politics. Naturally, this fact combined with her being black makes her…


Let the people of New Orleans know that you haven’t forgotten about them!!!!

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on December 14 2007, 7:32AM

(cross-posted from Feministing) To update from my post on Tuesday about the demolition of four housing projects in New Orleans, activists (including my homies at Ruckus—raise the roof!) yesterday stopped the bulldozers with a 30 person blockade. via AP. Protesters…

Topics: Katrina

Save New Orleans public housing.

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on December 11 2007, 1:42PM

The post Katrina housing crisis is one that we know about but is failing to get as much national attention as it should. It is an ongoing problem and the structures that are supposed to be fixing up housing,…

Topics: Katrina

Irene Morgan Kirkaldy

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on August 14 2007, 10:53AM

(picture via WAPO) Irene Morgan Kirkaldy, a black woman in 1944, refused to give up her seat on a Greyhound bus headed to Baltimore. She was arrested and jailed for her bold move, but her contributions resonated. Kirkaldy died…

Topics: News Items

Racial preference in schools

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on August 1 2007, 8:53PM

It was a sad day last month when the Supreme Court decided that segregation in schools was OK and when the ignorant Justice Roberts declared that “if we want to stop discrimination based on race, than we should stop discrimination…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Native American women, domestic violence and Congress

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on July 31 2007, 7:45PM

Cross-posted from Feministing. Native and indigenous women are victims of domestic violence at higher rates than the average American woman. Why is that? A history of displacement, colonization and violence I am sure have something to do with it, along…

Topics: Health

Indian wedding fever.

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on July 17 2007, 8:25PM

This picture is too much for me. Talk about the wedding industrial complex has been all over the place and I like it. But the conversation of race and culture has been left out of the larger discussion. How…


Serena Williams: an inspiration

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on July 17 2007, 9:32AM

First posted at I am shamefully late on writing about this and I meant to write about this two weeks ago when the Wimbledom actually ended, but, ey, better late than never. I will be honest I don’t know…

Topics: Sports, Video & Multimedia

“Please speak English when ordering”

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on July 5 2007, 11:20AM

Growing up in upstate NY, I remember going anywhere with my father meant dealing with people that did not understand him. My father moved to the United States when he was 30 and he has a thick Indian accent. Public…


Turning to the Quran to stop FGM

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on May 29 2007, 11:43AM

(“A student recites a coral verse on female genital mutilation during the world social forum in Kenya.”) Health activists in sub-Saharan Africa are seeing that attempts at stopping FGM based on women’s rights isn’t working, so they are turning…


What does a politics of inclusion REALLY look like?

by Samhita Mukhopadhyay on April 4 2007, 1:00PM

The politics of feminism are so complicated. As we continue to define and re-define what feminism “looks like” for a new generation of women, communication and alliance building is more important than ever. The assault against feminism continues from the…