Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma is the Editor-At-Large of The Establishment. A Seattle-based Writer, Speaker, and Internet Yeller, her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Stranger, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, and more. She was named one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine. She’s also a columnist at The Seattle Globalist.

Ijeoma never learned how to whistle and has therefore banned any whistling at her house. Hair strand analysis revealed that she is currently 21% Black Forest gummy worm. You can see her yell about things at https://twitter.com/IjeomaOluo.


If I could eradicate one societal ill, it would be Tyler Perry movies.

When I’m alone, I like to eat gummy worms while I paint my nails and plan the destruction of my enemies.

The three women, dead or alive, I most want to see square off on Jeopardy are Tig Notaro, Margaret Cho and Maria Bamford.

Ijeoma's articles


liberation lessons

You Don’t Have To Like Me—You Just Have To Believe I’m A Human Being

Ijeoma Oluo

If you don’t like me, I will live. If you do not believe in my humanity, I may not.



What I’m Doing To Get My Black Ass Ready For The Next 4 Years

Ijeoma Oluo

Some advice as we get ready to battle together.



Questioning Safety Pin Solidarity Revealed Why I Can’t Trust White People

Ijeoma Oluo

Don’t make me look for your symbol of support. Show it in your words and deeds.


never again

We Have To Create A Culture That Won’t Vote For Trump

Ijeoma Oluo

What we have to do is hard. Very hard. But it must be done.


a. few. more. hours.

Self-Care Strategies For Getting Through Election Day

Ijeoma Oluo

All we have to do is survive these next few hours and this thing will be over.


our post-election future

How Will You Make Sure This Nightmare Election Never Happens Again?

Ijeoma Oluo

How you can push for future candidates who actually support your ideals.


unwelcome home

Why I Hate How HGTV Portrays Home Ownership

Ijeoma Oluo

The whitewashed cable channel peddles a privileged vision of the American Dream.



The First 48 Hours Of My Family Vacation

Ijeoma Oluo

As Est. gears up for its birthday, our editor-at-large is in Hawaii. With her family.