A Church’s Refusal to Name Racism Gives White Supremacy a Seat in God’s House

The Sunday after the Charleston Massacre, churches all over the country prayed for the victims and their families. Taking their cue from the Emmanuel AME Church itself, pastors, reverends, and deacons encouraged their congregations to seek solace in God’s embrace. In addition, they implored their flock to show compassion and forgiveness. Their message encouraged togetherness in […]

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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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Get Out My News Feed and I’m Gonna Keep Running My Mouth

I used to think that defriending folks on FB was a little wack. I thought that just because someone disagrees with me doesn’t mean that we can’t be “friends.” And anyway — I love a healthy debate. But now, I see that getting rid of folks who are consistently spraying toxic rhetoric in your news feed […]

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dying in the streets

i watch this news with my kids every morning as we eat our breakfast. i understand they may not “get” everything, but i want them to know there is a world out there bigger than them. well, this morning on good morning america, there was a story on the shooting death of trayvon martin. my six […]

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Chasing the Jones

This week, the NYTimes published an op-ed referencing a famous report: The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.In this 1965 report, Moynihan, the Asst. Sec’t of Labor, declares the deterioration of the black family as the main reason why blacks were and would perpetually be at the bottom of the indices for well-being in the country. […]

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his father’s blood

Oh. My. Word. I’m writing a paper and listening to various TV shows that are discussing the Wisconsin primary results. There is a woman who called into C-Span declaring that Obama is a Muslim and because of that, and what our country has gone through, “We need to do our homework.” The host of the […]

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ouch! that stings.

There’s been a lot of talk on several blogs about the racist attacks on Obama and the sexist attacks on Clinton and the racist and sexist remarks they make towards each other. There’s also be considerable talk about how black women will vote, as if there is an inherent conflict (esp. now that Edwards is […]

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an aside: women vs. blacks

If you take a look at my sidebar, I list the various aspects of my identity. While they are listed as separate entities, in reality they cannot be so neatly parsed out from the collective whole. Other bloggers have mentioned this issue time and time again, and you would think mainstream media would have started […]

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privilege (or lack thereof)

this woman posted this on her blog and i thought i’d steal it with my facts about my life. like this woman, i’ve also bolded the ones that are true about me and added comments where relevant. ”From What Privileges Do You Have?,” an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, […]

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