Reflecting and Moving Forward

We are all riding high from the marches this weekend. I could never have predicted how much it would heal me, and how much it would instill Obama-style hope for the future. When we are knocked down – and we will be – we can point to this moment and say, “this is why.” And we will keep trying, knowing our sisters stand behind us.

I know it’s hard to remember, but we were really terrified of John McCain and Sarah Palin. We mobilized, we spoke, we won.

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White People, Understand MLK Before You Quote Him

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all things considered, was not much of a friend of whites. I don’t say that to disparage him; quite the contrary. We just did not earn his friendship. He is one of the greatest heroes of the modern era. That makes us, white people, the villain in his harrowing story. We stood, on the whole, in opposition to MLK and everything he stood for. Even those individuals who didn’t were born into the system that made them unequal and reaped advantages.”Good” white people are harder to come by than you’d think. I think we all learned that in November.

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December Update: Diversifying My Social Media

In this post I included an action item to set up a monthly calendar alert to remember to follow 3 people of color and 2 Republicans you respect, even if you disagree with them (basically, possible allies).

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Don’t take progress for granted: a brief history lesson

If there’s something we need to keep with us, it’s not to become complacent. There is a good chance our day to day lives, depending on the color of our skin and how much money we have, might stay relatively the same as they have been.

We need to be constantly reminded of what is at stake, for us and others, and we need to constantly question our preconceived notions and assumptions about the way of the world.

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Do you want to be a white ally?

On paper, I’m sure the answer is yes. If there’s one thing that pains me this election, it’s the stark realization that so many people – people I love, even – voted for Trump despite his racism. Racial tensions have been growing and growing and I’ve been aware, but I didn’t realize how few white allies there really are.

First and foremost, I am a white person speaking to white people, so any opinions I ever express on race come second to the opinions of those who suffer at the hands of racism.

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Acceptance Isn’t Silence

Durham, NC - 11.09.2016
Durham, NC – 11.09.2016

I am fatigued of people telling upset Americans to be quiet. The irony is incredible; we are to forgive a man – a presidential candidatefor the offensive things he says and does; we are to listen to him, give him the benefit of the doubt, and not take his words at face value, a man who name-calls at 3am on Twitter when he feels slighted. And we, private citizens, are to shut up. Even if we feel targeted, even if we are scared, even if we are grieving – we are to shut up. Continue reading “Acceptance Isn’t Silence”