Adjunct Crisis No Different Than Fast Food Labor Crisis, Says McMillan Cottom

When you are operating from a scarcity mindset, it’s hard to figure out the next steps. Adjunct staff are some of the most inspiring and talented folks in education. Let’s treat them that way.

Culturally Progressive

There’s not much difference to me between the adjunct crisis in higher education and the labor conversations that fast food and other low wage workers are having. It’s just that we like to see ourselves as different. We like to see our destinies as different. But they’re the same thing.

— Excerpt from an interview between inequality scholar Tressie McMillan Cottom and reporter Carla Murphy of Colorlines.

I appreciate that McMillan Cottom talks about structural change for vulnerable workers across class lines. I recently left academia after three years as an adjunct professor, where I struggled with voicing my concerns about adjunct exploitation.

But McMillan Cottom reminds me not to fall into the myth of scarcity — there is room to talk about all these injustices. Exploitation is exploitation is exploitation. Read the fascinating interview here — it touches on feminism, labor protests, and reparations.

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From online to print: Book showcases queer podcasts

this was a beautiful interview conducted by a talented writer. Nia King, i can’t wait to pick up your book!

Elliot Owen

Nia King reads from her new book Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Some Stories of Our Lives, based off her podcast interview series, "We Want the Airwaves." (Photo: Elliot Owen) Nia King reads from her new book Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Some Stories of Our Lives, based off her podcast interview series, “We Want the Airwaves.” (Photo: Elliot Owen)

By Elliot Owen
The Bay Area Reporter

Google the phrase “queer and trans artists of color” and the first three search results turn up Nia King’s acclaimed podcast, “We Want the Airwaves,” a monthly series that features the stories of queer and trans artists of color who have found the sweet spot between making art and making a living.

It would be fitting, then, if King compiled those valuable interviews into one publication and titled it Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Some Stories of Our Lives – and that’s exactly what she’s done. The book, which King and co-editors Jessica Glennon-Zukoff and Terra Mikalson say is the first of its kind, will be available starting Friday, September 26…

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What is Black?

When I was in 3rd grade, my teacher, Mrs. LaGue, asked us all to write a poem about our favorite color.  I heard from a little birdie that she has been opening her class every year for the last 10+ years with it.  Here is my color poem.

Sunny day

Black is when you see the sky

It is depression and a sigh

The color of someone’s skin

Lets you see hurt or sin

A blackbird so delicate and light

Will see the stars in the sky tonight

Black is how we feel or see

Black can be our destiny

Black is sorrow in our heart

Black is kind and forever smart

Black is when we see the sky

A gentle kiss

A wave goodbye