Circling back

Do you see the world through race- colored glasses?   Are you totally dependent on race to survive in the world around you?  Can’t leave  home without race?  Don’t know how you could understand the world without its prejudices and stereotypes?  If this is how you feel, then I understand. I’ve been there and I […]

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James Baldwin on “America’s ‘race problem'”

Today is the birthday of writer, activist and artist, James Baldwin.  Today, I salute his courageous questioning of the social construct of race, the distance between race and human identity.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the words and witness of Mr. James Baldwin.  

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Not Enough For Me

I know that the actions committed in the name of race are real, that is makes a believer and faithful follower out of us, that we pledge allegiance to our skin and create borders around our bodies.  No race- mixing. But, race does not have a real name for me.  Socially constructed, I don’t want this American […]

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The Lie of Race

“White people have not always been ‘white,’ nor will they always be ‘white.’  It is a political alliance.  Things will change.”  {Amoja Three Rivers} I begin with whiteness because all of the other social colors define themselves by it.  In fact, the other social colors exist for it.  Whiteness depends on blackness, for example, for […]

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Only Human

It seems that we are not satisfied with our humanity, that there is always a need to be something more than human, super human, a special set of humans.  In our quest, we often attempt to reduce the value and visibility of others.  Because we cannot be more human unless we make others less human.  We […]

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Unmasking Whiteness

“However painful it may be for me to accept this conclusion, I am obliged to state it: For the black man, there is only one destiny.  And it is white.” ~ Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks “This contradictory longing to possess the reality of the Other, even though that reality is one that wounds […]

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Crammed

“Unity has never meant uniformity.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait It is American to group, to lump together, to form insider and outsider groups. It is essential for the machinery of capitalism to function properly.  Our ongoing arguments keep its gears oiled. While fiercely declaring our independence and defending […]

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