September 14, 2018

When I posted the “Guys” article from The Atlantic on my social media feed, I received some comments lauding the idea that “guys” very well could be the next gender-neutral term of the future. For me, that was not the point of the article. This article interested me be...

June 7, 2017

Courtesy: Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)

You know those phrases that sound like compliments but are not all that flattering when you think about them? Several years ago I was on a road trip and someone, who I know had the best of intentions, said to...

May 24, 2017

(Photo credit: ‘Get Out’ / Universal Pictures)

*Spoiler alert*

This article discusses one scene in Get Out. If you have not yet seen Get Out, stop reading this and go see it!


In one scene of Jordan Peele’s brilliant movie, Get Out, Mr. Tanaka, a Japanese guest at the ga...

May 24, 2017

It is special to grow up as a child of South Asian parents in the United States. We are a batch of guinea pigs straddling two cultures that compete for our attention:  my cousins in India laughed when I said I was Indian; my classmates in school laughed at my parents’...

February 15, 2017

Google defines a microaggression as "a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority."

January 23, 2017

A microaggression is like a feather brushing your skin:  you feel it, it has an effect, you remember it but, with effort, you can look past the impact.

But the weight of a ton of feathers is the same as a ton of bricks. Every feather makes an impact. Over time...

November 7, 2016

Credit: Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian,, Relando Thompkins-Jones

If we look at our own vocabulary, it may lead us straight to the bias that underlies it.

We have a dozen derogatory words for queer men; a different set for queer wo...

August 9, 2016

Credit Robert Mankoff The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank

Google gives the following definition of privilege:

priv·i·lege ˈ priv(ə)lij/ noun

1. a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. 

Oxford Engli...

August 4, 2016

The following is an edited version of a speech I gave at Brooklyn Law School at the South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA) Alumni dinner in April 2016:

I was in 4th grade on the school bus when my classmate peered over his seat, tapped me on the shoulder, and...

July 20, 2016

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Political correctness is a language. It is actually a language of code. Political correctness is a vocabulary that resembles, but does not actually convey your idea. Politically correct terminology is a substitute language to deal with bias on the...

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