Tag Archives: racism

With each black man’s death I ask: Are you my Emmett Till?

Do you remember that children’s book, Are You My Mother? It’s where a bird goes around asking a kitten, a cow, a dog and others if they are its mother. I feel like I’m that little bird when it comes … Continue reading

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Achieving Martin Luther King’s Dream: Are you doing your part?

Today is Martin Luther King Day, when we look back on a courageous man and the movement for equality. Has King’s dream been realized? No, it hasn’t. Yes, we have a black president, and as monumental as that is, it … Continue reading

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The First Indian Miss America, racism and the bigot next door

When Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, there was a nasty backlash online. People didn’t like that she was the first woman of Indian descent to win the crown. They told her: It’s America, not India and called her a … Continue reading

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#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen: Twitter reflects feminism’s problem with race

Did you guys catch the Twitterstorm that was #solidarityisforwhitewomen? If not, it’s still out there, read it. I was checking out my Twitterstream on Tuesday and first noticed it from @AngryBlackLady, who often has quite a few good gems. Naturally, … Continue reading

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Reading my piece at BlogHer13’s VOTY keynote

Oh what a night. It’s long been most people’s favorite part of the BlogHer conference: Voices of the Year. As I’ve mentioned before, I was one of the VOTY winners who was chosen to read during the evening’s keynote. To … Continue reading

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How can I protect my son from becoming another Trayvon Martin?

Trayvon Martin. A name forever etched in the annals of America’s complex relationship with race. We all know the story. A 17-year-old armed with only a bag of Skittles, a hoodie and mocha skin is followed by a neighborhood watch … Continue reading

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The Jackie Robinson movie and a case of deja vu when it comes to change in America

Sitting there with fingers buttery from the popcorn, I watched the new Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” and it struck me how many parallels his rise to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers mirrored Barack Obama’s rise to the White House. We … Continue reading

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Now That’s A First ….

*Since some of my readers had a hard time accessing my first storytelling piece. Here it is in its entirety. Everyone remembers where they were that day. You know the day. THAT day. People were at work, getting ready for … Continue reading

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Race 2012: The documentary gave me a different view of my America

Racial debate in this country is a convenient excuse to not talk about class. The Republican Party is currently white and the power-holders are white, but they need to reach out to the future voters, who increasingly are brown. The … Continue reading

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Race 2012: A Conversation About Race & Politics in America

Ya’ll know I’m not a political blogger. Of course I’ve got my opinion and all, and I even delve into race issues every so often. But I was given the opportunity to be one of the bloggers for an upcoming … Continue reading

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