The violence of naming

Everyday linguistic anthropology

About twelve years ago, a classmate asked me for help with an assignment. Dear Jennifer, his email began.

That’s not my name, I replied. Please call me Jena.

I don’t like nicknames, he said, and continued to call me Jennifer.

View original post 1,550 more words


Meyer: What is Success? Finding Successes Meaning to You

This could carry so many different meanings it is ridiculous. But the great thing about it is, you have the overall ability to determine what success is to you. Experiences give you a huge outlook on how you approach things, success is no different. We can follow or lead a certain type of life, but… via … Continue reading Meyer: What is Success? Finding Successes Meaning to You

Black Lives Matter is LOVE


Yesterday, I was able to participate in the Black Lives Matter Peterborough Rally in the Confederation Park downtown. It felt amazing to be embraced by other amazing people of color and allies for the Black Lives Matter movement. The one thing that stood out to me the most was the smiles on everyone’s faces as we talked about something that mattered to all of us.

Thank you to everyone who facilitated this amazing rally. Thank you for creating a safe and respectful space for us to join together and raise awareness.

The rally composed of powerful speeches, heart wrenching poems by Beth Lexah and Niambi Leigh that brought me to tears, a candlelight vigil to show respect to those who have lost their lives to police brutality, and a march through the streets of downtown Peterborough to broadcast our message to other members of the Peterborough community.

There were also members of…

View original post 327 more words