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A writer who focuses on pieces about race, politics, culture, and technology — among other topics. Editor-in-chief of Perceive More!

Gay white men have a tendency to latch onto their homosexuality when they are asked to be held accountable for their whiteness.

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I remember my first crush in elementary school was on a white boy. There was something so alluring and charming about him and white boys in general. The idea of dating any other race didn’t even cross my mind. Middle and high school would see me having crushes on just white boys. By the time I got to college and started to use dating apps like Grindr and Tinder, my preferences were pretty set on white men. It’s not that I didn’t find other races to be attractive, I just always wanted to be with a white man.

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A publication dedicated to challenging and creating new perceptions.

Perceive More! strives to be a publication that features pieces that challenge our perception and broadens our understanding of complex issues in the world. From race, culture, politics, and more, the publication will offer takes on various topics and attempt to do what is often hard, see things from the other side. The publication is open to any and all perceptions and encourages healthy debate so that we can all learn from each other. Want to be a part of Perceive More!?

The publication is actively recruiting writers that submit pieces challenging us to see things differently. If you are…

A little over a year ago, 28 million accounts on Instagram posted a black square in support of BLM. What are they doing now?

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Remember when millions of people posted a black square on their Instagram pages? Posted to show support for Black people, what have those post done a little over a year later? Since June 2nd, when a majority of these post were put up, not much has gotten better for Black Americans. In fact, all over the country we are watching as laws get enacted to restrict the teaching of systemic racism in schools. “Voting rights” laws are popping up to actually restrict the voting power for people of color. …

Although 64% of the US population has received a dose of the covid vaccine, that data paints a sobering picture of Black Americans' hesitancy toward being vaccinated.

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Yesterday, I was on the subway to meet some friends in the city when I overheard a conversation between two older Black men about the covid vaccine. The two men were hesitant about getting vaccinated stating that they didn’t trust the government nor the pharmaceutical companies that created the vaccines. To them, getting the vaccine meant they were going to be put under further government control by having a chip placed in their arm.

LGBTQ spaces that are frequently visited by people of color serve a much bigger purpose than just partying.

LGBTQ+ Rainbow Flag at Wikimedia Commons

My first time visiting Woody’s was in the summer of 2015. I had just turned 21 that year and was home for summer break. My friends and I made the drive to Philadelphia to go to the LGBTQ bar of the city. Woody’s was right in the middle of the Gayborhood, a gay village in the city, where the streets and signs are proudly showing rainbow flags. It was the place to be on the weekends and the first time I was going to a bar that was centered around my existence. It did not disappoint.

Once I moved into…

Mike Pence recently described systemic racism as a “left-wing” myth during a speech in New Hampshire.

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Republicans have continued to peddle the myth that systemic racism is not real. They claim that America is not a racist country. The problem with this argument is that they fail to understand what systemic means. Systemic stands for something that is fundamental to a predominant social, economic, or practical practice. The keyword here is fundamental. Systemic racism is the foundation that the United States is built upon. Without it, the country would crumble. Put another way, without systemic racism, America would not exist as it currently does.

There is a multitude of ways in which systemic racism is real…

Racial capitalism has been the primary form of capitalism in America since slavery and should be abolished by White people.

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Since the rise of Bernie Sanders, I’ve seen a similar statement being made by well-intentioned White liberals towards anyone who supports capitalism. It goes something like this, “We should all be working to abolish capitalism in America!” The rallying cry has become increasingly popular among far-left liberals who proclaim that capitalism is the root of all evil in this country. However, White liberals often fail to specify that they are referring to racial capitalism. A form of capitalism in which racism is used as a technique to exploit capital from Black people and foment hate among working-class Whites towards Blacks…

Perceive More! now has 500 followers! A publication that has always strived to showcase stories that challenge us in wanting to know more, it has become the home of hundreds of pieces that are doing just that. I am extremely honored to watch the publication become the go to place for many writers now and continue to be humbled by them choosing the publication. There are many publications on Medium and making the conscious effort to choose this one for your stories speaks a lot to your confidence in it and the publication.

Since the publication started in mid-January, there…

POC has come to be an umbrella term including anyone of color, but does it do more harm than good?

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I’ve used the term ‘POC’ in plenty of my pieces to discuss issues of racism and inequality, but I’ve recently started to question if it’s the correct term to use when discussing issues impacting minority groups. By using it, am I doing a disservice to the groups of people I am referring to? Or does it highlight how the issues of today are largely being felt by those in minority groups?

POC stands for people of color. Historically speaking, it has been around since the late 1700s but has become a popular term in the 21st century to highlight social…

Greater acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community doesn’t diminish the impact of coming out.

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Six years ago, I came out to all of my friends and family via a Facebook post. I started off slowly by telling some of my closest friends through text earlier that year, but I decided to announce it to everyone else through a journal entry I had written earlier that day. I was so nervous that it wasn’t going to be received well that I turned my phone off and took a 2-hour nap. When I woke up, I was amazed by the comments.

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