I don’t want to believe that when people of color are excessively punished for the flimsiest crimes, it’s related to race. I tend to over examine situations because I don’t want to be accused of pulling the race card. But sometimes there’s just no other reasonable explanation. These were my thoughts when I read the … Continue reading A Black Woman’s Life Was Ruined by a WhatsApp Image She Didn’t Even See
If I was a white woman, I think I would be considered quite normal. Maybe even boring? But because I’m a black woman, I’m abnormal. Or should I say, special. We’ll go with that. It sounds nicer. Maybe you know what I mean. If you’re a black woman who’s reasonably educated, works either in a … Continue reading Another Episode in the Life of a Black Female Unicorn
My mother said something last Sunday that I can’t stop thinking about. She said, ‘if I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t have raised you in an all-white environment. It wasn’t good for you.’ Then she shared a few stories from my early childhood, mostly school tales featuring my smart, but spoiled, … Continue reading Even Smart Black People Make Mistakes About Race
Is racism like, a low key sickness of the mind? Or, if not racism – since I can’t make a strong case for that given the limited amount of info at hand – then bias or insensitivity, are they potential symptoms of a deeper mental condition? I ask because I just don’t understand how an … Continue reading Should MLB Cancel Robert Drake?
So, I didn’t blog last week. The world ended. I’m kidding. It didn’t. I was in Seoul, South Korea on a long overdue, hard won, extremely different vacation, and I legit needed time to process. It was a trip. I walked around a 1,200 year-old Buddhist temple, sipped tea at a traditional Korean teahouse, ate … Continue reading My Solo Adventure in Seoul, South Korea: Tea, Temples, and Being Other
With all this talk of whistleblowing and impeachment flowing around, I suppose it was only fitting that a story about questionable journalism ethics and poor social media skills caught my eye. CNN ran a piece today about Aaron Calvin, a Des Moines Register reporter who lost his job after writing a profile on someone with a … Continue reading Once a Racist, Always a Racist?
So, I ran across a news item in The Guardian this week discussing how the BBC, the world’s oldest national broadcaster, apologized for not warning the Duke of Sussex before publishing a racist image. Now, the image the Duke – you may know him as Prince Harry, husband to Megan Markle, the British royal family’s first … Continue reading BBC, Prince Harry Accepts Your Apology – Because He’s British
I had de ja vuh like for real this week. But it was nothing new, nothing unfamiliar. Sadly, this won’t be the last time someone says something stupid to me about something race-related. I apologize in advance if that word stupid seems harsh, but it’s getting boring, you know? Well, I guess you don’t know, … Continue reading Another Small Ode to the Late Toni Morrison, and the Importance of Word Choice When Blogging
So, Jay-Z made a multi-year deal with the NFL that has people doing some serious talking this week. His entertainment company Roc Nation will help the NFL choose performers at league events, and help the organization’s social justice efforts. I’m not one to follow the crowd by any means, but on this one I’m leaning … Continue reading Jay-Z, I Can’t Help But Feel a Little Dodgy about this New NFL Deal