rachelfairbank
Rachel Fairbank
rachelfairbank
Rachel Fairbank is a freelance science writer based in Texas. When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, or at her local boxing gym.
Jun 25
63

This is very powerful. I followed your thread on Twitter and it broke my heart. As an Indian-American woman I’ve experienced so much of what you describe here, including being told I had a “chip on my shoulder” for asking for a raise to bridge a small part of the $40,000 salary gap between me and the white man who had Read more

Jun 17
14

It’s funny, the other articles on Lifehacker concerning privilege (and the other members of its larger related media group) have this breakdown in the comments of a large percentage of people basically saying ‘yeah, I have that privilege, I wish people of color did too,’ a slightly smaller group doing some version of Read more

Jun 17
12

Even after going through the expanded list, this does not even begin to cover the micro aggressions and negative associations heaped on children of color in school. Kids just trying to get through the day are constantly fighting being defined by someone else’s unconscious bias.

Jun 12
3

It has to end. In no other sector (except possibly that garbage squatter in the people’s house) can people get away with literal murder. Read more

Jun 12
118

You are drastically reducing the effects that social distancing and face masks can have on transmission with absolutely no support. Read more

Jun 12
145

This is your regular reminder that planning and organization in the leadup to this, when we all could see what was coming, likely would have mitigated the effects, at least of the shutdowns if not the disease itself. Particularly with the executive branch of the federal government, which in all but the most Read more

Jun 10
3

Even if they don’t kill or maim, rubber bullets still hurt like a motherfucker. I got hit over a week ago and still have big, swollen bruises and scabs from where they broke skin. I could barely walk the first few days and it still hurts. Read more

Jun 9
2

For us (church finance, plus a couple nonprofits I’ve worked with in the past) it was more about just getting someone to commit to a regular donations to keep the bills paid smoothly across the year. It’s great to get a few large donations in the spring as tax refunds come in, or as most company bonuses are paid out, Read more

Jun 9
2

The reality of it is most charities are forced to use a cash-based accounting system and stick to a fiscal year budget, so regular smaller donations are usually better than a single one of the same size. It’s weird, but it’s reality. Read more

Jun 9
6

Yeah, “a rising tide lifts all boats” — which, when it comes to protecting human life and dignity, probs a good thing.

Jun 8
8

Cops in California do this for a variety of misdemeanors. You are detained and formally “arrested,” but essentially just to get your information. You are issues a citation that includes a court date. 

Jun 8
22

I have been thinking about this a lot and am wondering out loud: What if we stopped arrests for non-violent crimes, like altogether? Just have the cops come and give you a ticket for your court date and that’s that. No arrest. No going to jail or bail or anything but it’s on you to show up or then maybe a warrant is Read more

Jun 8
22

Given that this article was more generalized when it comes to numbers, it made me think, while the current driving factor for reforms within police departments is the disparity in treatment towards blacks, the types of broad reforms that are being pushed for (I’m thinking of the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign) actually Read more

Jun 5
13

First of all, I’m not narrowing any scope. I’m pointing out that you are building an argument on a false premise (that the reformed institutions that come out the other side would by definition be either, or both, less trained or less competent). Read more

Jun 5
40

You know defunding police is just going to make it so that less qualified, less competent, less supervised people get into uniform, right? Read more

Jun 5
17

Getting something accomplished in manner that isn’t per the conventional method. Read more

Jun 5
28

I haven’t watched the video, either. I haven’t watched any of them. I can’t handle it, and I don’t know if it’s fragility or what—I’ve always assumed watching a stranger die would feel to me like an intrusion on them, like mere voyeurism. Which sounds high and mighty of me, though I don’t mean it to be, because I get Read more