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Black, White, Whatever

“I would like to banish the term ‘white, black, whatever’…forever.  I would like to mention that ‘whatever’ does not represent me.  Nor does blue or purple or green or silver for that matter.  And you may moan ‘oh, well we can’t talk about everyone’s problems’ and this is true but I am a sucker for specificity.”

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai share’s her views on the obvious limitations of referring to race in the United States to as”white, black, whatever”.

“Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Chinese Taiwanese American spoken word artist who, according to her bio, “fights for cultural pride and survival through how she spits and how she lives,” and has brought her unique voice to microphones and stages far and wide.”