Category: Racism


Runaway Train

I don’t typically write about current events, but I was stopped in my tracks by this headline, from Mamademics: If You Give White Teachers Guns, I’m Pulling My Black Son Out of School. It brought a whole new dimension to the argument to find another damn way to stop mass shootings. (Even as I write that, I have to wonder, who in their right … Read More Runaway Train


As Natural as Breathing

A 1965 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show shows Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) and his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) accepting an award on behalf of Rob’s boss, Alan Brady (Carl Reiner). The award, given by the fictitious Committee for Interracial Understanding, is for Alan Brady’s contributions to understanding and honesty between the black and white communities. One sentence in Rob’s acceptance … Read More As Natural as Breathing

As I Appear Before You

How do I know who you are? And what do you know about me by looking at me? As I write this, I’m wearing clothes that need a good wash, my hair is in desperate need of styling, and any makeup I put on earlier today has worn off. I need some groceries, but I hesitate to head to the store. I don’t want … Read More As I Appear Before You


hold your child’s hand, talk a little longer

Last week, our hearts were broken. In response, my friend Wanda organized this silent vigil in our community for the victims of the Emanual AME Church shooting. Wanda has two daughters, ages 12 and 14. They’re learning what it means to be black in America. They’re black, so there’s that, and then there’s the bigger picture Wanda is helping them understand. More to teach … Read More hold your child’s hand, talk a little longer

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