When My “Be Best” Means “Be Black”

When I wake up itching to write, that means something. My blogging can feel like the steam escaping a pressure cooker – forceful and insistent. In the process, the contents of the pot are transformed. When I write this way there is a distinct before and after. I change and am changed. Did you know… Continue reading When My “Be Best” Means “Be Black”

Incongruity Theory and #RaceTogether

I’ll admit: The Starbucks #RaceTogether campaign has my attention. I’ll fault Twitter which is, of course, where I caught wind of it and began noting the numerous witty retorts appearing in my feed. Above all, I was amused. Then curious, then amused, and now back to curious. Starbucks' #RaceTogether invites customers to talk about race.… Continue reading Incongruity Theory and #RaceTogether

When my own words will not suffice

I’ve been fairly quiet on twitter these last few days. I’ve posted my share of retweets to the mix and have added next to nothing of my own commentary. The bulk of the tweets in my feed are tagged #BlackLivesMatter, #Notthistime, #EricGarner, #ICantbreathe, #NotjustFerguson or #Ferguson. There is outrage, disbelief, comparative analysis, related storytelling, protest… Continue reading When my own words will not suffice

Connecting the Dots: Privilege, Social Justice and Choice

A few days ago  I read this opinion piece: Why We Must Talk About White Privilege: systemic racism has victims and beneficiaries http://t.co/qpFwJ2xYsR — Dr. C.Rutherford (@crutherford) October 28, 2014 Author, Desmond Cole, writing in the wake of the mayoral election in Toronto,  points out: “It is crucial that we distinguish these things – white… Continue reading Connecting the Dots: Privilege, Social Justice and Choice

It’s Not Only White People Who Need to Learn about Race

I started to write a post about how much I still have to learn about race in the United States and quickly realized that I could not tackle that in under 700 words, nor would I like to try. For me as an African-American woman there are all kinds of assumptions out there about what… Continue reading It’s Not Only White People Who Need to Learn about Race