On the morning of December 30, 2017, Erica Garner's twitter account (now managed by her mother, Esaw Snipes) released the following statement: That same day Erica Garner, 27 years old and a mother of two, had died of a heart attack. Notwithstanding the tragedy of her death and the painful context in which Erica … Continue reading If You’re White, Stop Whining.
Most people would agree that in 2017 (almost 2018), it feels like we constantly live on the brink of a new age. Technology evolves in lightning speed; revolutions start in seconds; new generations are born and can hardly recognize the ways people used to live ten years ago. Throughout all of this, one certainty remains: … Continue reading Prophesies For The Century
My cousin and I went to a Joey Badass and Logic concert at Barclay Center in New York this year. I’d never heard of Logic before, but when he came on stage, the majority white crowd was energized. His music was actually pretty good, I was feeling the vibe, and the lyrics were profound. My … Continue reading White Allies are Friends, Not Foes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqLqWpFb3_4 Ask a Former Chief Justice in 2017, “When was America last great?”, and his answer might surprise you. Take Roy Moore, for example, the Republican nominee in the December 12th 2017 United States Senate special election in Alabama. At Moore’s Florence rally recently, a black man in the audience asked him when was the … Continue reading Senate Nominee says America was great during Slavery
I consider myself a fairly vain and materialistic person. I am obsessed with eyeshadow and lipstick and earrings and shoes. I even created an instagram account* devoted to the makeup looks that I labor over for hours and hours, with a collection of brushes and eyeshadow palettes and fake eyelashes worthy of a Youtube beauty … Continue reading The Coded Racism of The Word “Tacky”
How many privately owned guns are there in the United States of America? Over 300 million. That’s like one firearm for each member of the population. A figure like that doesn’t include the military, the secret service, the police, the government, nothing like that. Just your average Joe who decided he needed a gun...or an … Continue reading To Be Armed (Or Not To Be Harmed)
I wore my fro out around everyone from church for the first time at this little boy’s birthday party. His three-year old sister spotted me at the party, and went out of her way to come over and tell me her thoughts. “Your hair is ugly.” “What...you don’t like it?” She shook her head - … Continue reading The Time I was Oppressed by a Little Girl
There is a clear disconnect between what White America defines as racism, versus what Black America defines as racism. The following four scenarios were related to me with careful sincerity, by four white people with whom I was acquainted in varying degrees. Scenario 1 “When I was a kid, one time I was walking … Continue reading Reverse Racism – Does it Exist?
The NFL protests should have sparked a Movement. And it did, but only to a fraction of the extent it should have. The problem is not Colin Kaepernick, or any of the players who have joined him or spoken out. The problem is every athlete of color who chose not to support. Would it … Continue reading At the Intersection of Pride and Paycheck
Here's a concept: how about when someone in a position of vulnerability comes forward to denounce or disclose the harmful actions of someone more powerful, we believe this person? And we reserve 100% of our empathy for them? I get it, we as a society hate victims. We don't like those who play the victim, … Continue reading We Have To Stop Empathizing With Oppressors