They Tell Us It’s Our Fault

My little one, 8 years old, often feels unheard. He’s a little person, half the size of others in the house. After explaining the horror of George Floyd’s murder, I tried to explain the reaction, the protests happening around the country. I asked him to remember a time where he felt unheard, which I know […]

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On White Fears and Black Freedoms

The story is old. A white woman’s fear costs a black man his freedom. The story is old. White woman sees black man where she does not want him to be and tells him to leave. You don’t belong here. Used to be a sidewalk. Now it’s a coffee house. Implicit bias? Overt bias? It […]

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Black People Need to Stop Forgiving White Supremacy

News of the massacre at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston S.C. spread like wildfire on social media Wednesday evening, before the mainstream media picked it up. Twitter immediately recognized the significance of the murder of nine black churchgoers; we relived the grief of associated with the deaths of Addie Mae Collins, Denise […]

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What’s Wrong with Rachel Dolezal?

I’m just gonna compile my thoughts here given the conversations I’ve seen today. This will be updated as I think about it more. Initial thoughts: So I got thoughts on this NAACP lady. But this is a situation where I need more facts. But, to put it simply, I feel really uncomfortable with making people […]

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Don’t Read the (Facebook) Comments

I admit — I have a thing about going down foxholes I know I shouldn’t be going down. Just the other day I unleashed a gmail hack to my entire contact list because I just couldn’t help myself from opening an email that I knew, in the back of my head, was spam. I knew […]

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#MomOfTheYear, White Supremacy, and Black Responsibility

Poignant pictures are spilling out of Baltimore. Photos of what we may soon regard as the latest protest in our “Spring” movement show brave bodies in various states of resistance. Some with faces covered, others brazenly identifiable — but all filled with the justifiable rage of living in what feels like a police state where black lives […]

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Today the Sun Happened

Today, I was going to write about how, at 33 years of age, I am going gray. But then, this happened: Sun. Sun. Sun. I hadn’t seen a sky this bright in weeks. Sun. Sun. Sun. With all the rain, places recently turned brown resurged vibrant with a bright green I’d forgotten. Sun. Sun. Sun. The […]

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To My Black Children: We Are Fighting For You

I wrote this at the end of August, after the murder of Michael Brown. Still relevant now. To my Beautiful Black children, This week you returned back home from spending the summer with your grandparents. For eight weeks, you engaged in what so many of our people have done for generations: spent the summers unburdened […]

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#Giants

Growing up, I wasn’t a sports fan. My brother and dad are big sports folks, but I was *shrugs.* As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve developed this …need for sports. Not to play, but to watch. And to shout and to dance and to just get rowdy. To make matters worse, this has also coincided […]

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