Mae Singerman

Mae Singerman lives in Brooklyn, NY, and writes Zeek's Leftist Ethicist advice column. She is originally from Miami Beach, FL, and misses eating mangoes that have fallen straight from the tree. She is operations and events manager at Caring Across Generations, the former coordinator at the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and founding collective member of the Community/Farmworker Alliance-NYC. She wrote regularly for the now-defunct Jspot and has written for Jewcy, Off Our Backs, and Left Turn Magazine.

Philip Guston, City Limits, 1969, Oil on canvas ©Estate of Philip Guston, Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

Arts and Culture

Racism in the Art World: Avoid or Act? The Leftist Ethicist

I am an artist living in Chicago. When I go to an opening and see all white artists showing with a 99% white crowd or hear about residencies where it seems everyone accepted is white, I tune it out. As a white person, I am more myself in multi-racial settings. I’m not sure how to change this fact or even sure if I want to change it. Why force myself to connect in spaces that exclude people of color? Is my viewpoint “problematic,” as an activist friend claims? –Anti-Racist & Ambivalent in Chicago

Life and Action

A-Listers for a Cause, Relative Creepiness, and Ethical Realtors: The Leftist Ethicist

Dear Leftist Ethicist, I have a distant family member who has turned from a C-list to an A-list celebrity because of a role on a popular TV show. We hardly know each other. I am a passionate employee of a grassroots organization and would like to ask him to support us. He is apolitical as far as I know, but probably leans conservative. What is the best way to approach him without being creepy? Or is it even worth reaching out since we’re pretty removed?

Life and Action

Moral Money Tips for Newlyweds, Avoiding Activist Burnout: The Leftist Ethicist

The Leftist Ethicist closes out 2013 with advice for a newlywed couple rethinking how they use and view money, and on being a good friend when you’re worried a fellow activist is fighting too hard, facing burnout and a possible breakdown.

Life and Action

Where, When, Who? Workplace Activism & Healthcare Access --THE LEFTIST ETHICIST

I have seen the same primary care doctor for about five years, and she gives me good care. Unfortunately, I just saw her, and she told me — not without a guilty look in her eye — that expenses and regulations were just too much, and she had decided to close up her current shop and open a concierge practice. My blood ran cold: I mean, sure, I could afford it (I make a good living), but what about all the people who can’t? Is my doctor making an unethical decision? Should I stick with her?

Life and Action

To Help or Empower? Midwife at a Career Crossroads — Leftist Ethicist, September Edition

A white Jewish woman finishing up her certification as a nurse midwife wants to honor her commitment to racial and economic justice. And provide quality care to all women without compromising her commitment. Now what?

Life and Action

The Leftist Ethicist, R-E-S-P-E-C-T (August Advice)

The Leftist Ethicist is an advice column for Zeek readers who envision a more just world and act to create it.

I have a guy friend that I haven’t seen for a few years. We used to be close, but from what I see on Facebook, he is now hardcore Orthodox. When we were in high school, we would hug and even cuddle on a couch. I’m a girl. Normally, when I see a friend I give them a hug or a kiss, but I don’t know what to do when I will see him at an upcoming reunion. I don’t want to treat him differently, but I want to respect him.

Life and Action

The Leftist Ethicist — July Edition

I believe the criminal justice system is completely broken and racist. I want to make a difference for good as a jury member. Is it ethical to lie about my negative beliefs regarding the police to up my chances of getting selected?

Life and Action

The Leftist Ethicist — June Edition

In her June column, the Leftist Ethicist tackles public displays of affection, queer solidarity, and how to combat Islamophobia: “You’re not horrible,” she says, “but you might not be very compassionate, either.”

Life and Action

The Leftist Ethicist, May Edition

For her May column, the Leftist Ethicist offers sensible solutions for dilemmas dealing with anti-Semitism, race and class and being an ethical employer at home.

Life and Action

The Leftist Ethicist

The Leftist Ethicist is an advice column for Zeek readers who envision a more just world and act to create it. With a commitment to justice and progressive Jewish teaching (and a loving nod to the Bintel Brief), the Leftist Ethicist provides a space to raise questions, without judgment, and receive sensible solutions. Zeek presents the first installment here.

As a wedding present, a distant family member bought my wife and I stock in a company whose treatment of workers I strongly disagree with. I thanked the family member politely, but now I don’t know what to do. Should I keep the stock?

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