In response to criticism that the shoppers stopped at Barneys and Macy's shouldn't have been spending beyond their means in the first place, Tressie McMillan Cottom argues at her blog, Tressiemc, that "Poor people make stupid, illogical decisions to buy status symbols for the same reason all but only the most wealthy buy status symbols": They want to belong.
In a piece at Slate, Tressie McMillan Cottom says the story of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot 10 times by a North Carolina police officer as he sought help, highlights the deadly toll of racial stereotyping.
Tressie McMillan Cottom, at her blog, tressiemc.com, argues that whites have long viewed black women as freak show attractions. She points to the backup dancers on display during Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards twerking debacle as examples.
Tressie McMillan Cottom, at her tressiemc.com blog, says that people should attribute Georgia school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff's heroic efforts to her humanity rather than to her being a strong black woman.