And as much as your fingers are itching to give Black people your thoughts, challenge yourself to resist the urge to offer your opinion. And I know that is difficult for many White people to do because they are used to everything being centered around them. White people are used to being the centralized voice. White people are used to their opinions always being needed and heard. But when Black people speak to Black people, your voice does not need to be at the center. Perhaps this is a time for you to just listen. Let Black people have a moment that centers Black people. It is okay for every conversation not to center White people. It is okay for you to acknowledge this particular conversation doesn’t pertain to me.
This week the Individual Freedom bill supported by Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis passed the Senate Education Committee. The Individual Freedom bill would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making White people feel discomfort when teaching students or conducting diversity, equity, and inclusion training with employees. When […]
Dr. King wasn’t fighting, so you could dust off a quote, post it on social media one day out of the year and do nothing to advance race relations in this country. On this day and every day, I challenge White people do not just read the Dr. King quotes that make you feel good. Read Dr. King’s work in its entirety and ask yourself. “Am I contributing to the dream or helping to facilitate the nightmare?”
In the Bible, the book of Deuteronomy tells the story of Moses speaking to the Israelites. They have been set free from bondage; however, they have been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years during this time. Finally, Moses tells them a message he has heard from God, […]
OFF TOP: EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE. I HAD TO SAY IT LIKE I FELT IT. Yesterday the Democrats got their asses kicked, and rightly so. Am I shocked? No. Black people can always smell the rain coming, and we knew this would happen. Undoubtedly many people will study the […]
Drip is defined by Urban Dictionary as swag, sauce, swank. Reflect back to elementary school for those in their 40’s when you got a new outfit. It wasn’t the start of the school year when everyone had new outfits, but you had a new outfit on a Monday […]
Immediately my mind found the pathway back to when another friend met with me on Zoom. It was for a pre-call to a workshop that I was conducting for their organization, and they asked how I was doing. I said, “I am fine.” Then they asked, “No, really, how are you?” Even on that Zoom call, I fought back the tears. I lied, forcing a smile that I hoped looked genuine as I said, “I’m good. I’m good.” I am the strong one. I am not allowed to have bad days.
To Mayor Fischer and Chief Shields, One day after the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, a murder so horrific I could only watch the video in stages, the LMPD thought it wise to arrest the brother of David McAtee, a Black man that was killed by […]
It is like women are trapped when the sun goes down. We are not living our lives to the fullest, not because it is dark but because of men lurking in the dark. It is not the dark that frightens us; it is the fear of men’s actions in the darkness. I pray one day we live in a world where women can just live, and we do not have to be afraid of what lurks in the dark, who hides in the shadows, and things that go bump in the night..
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