A force to be reckoned with

“You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.” | James Baldwin Pushing back on society’s image of you takes strength, discipline and conviction.  There is no easy way out, no clearly marked and accessible option other than the racialized ones.  You will […]

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Living the Dream: Seeing a Raceless Human Being

“There is a dream in the land.  With its back against the wall.  To save the dream for one, it must be saved for all.” | Langston Hughes Back against the wall and faced with brick headed people, I will go forward, no matter what is pressed against me, no matter how close hatred gets […]

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The Race Trap

What is it that we see in race that we cannot see apart from it?  Why do we prefer to get closer to it than to ourselves?  This literal carnal identity, we are known by our skin.  It is the way of the world.  It is the way things are people remind me. No other […]

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Overhearing Evil: Race offers the same old story

“After all these generations and centuries of practice, we still don’t know how to see and talk about ourselves or each other.  We are at the same time obsessed with ‘race’ and wholly confounded by it.” |Thomas Chatterton Williams, Self- Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race Oppressed and oppressor, master and slave, America has […]

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Skintight: Race suggests there is a scarcity of human being

“After all these generations and centuries, we still don’t know how to see and talk about ourselves and each other.” | Thomas Chatterton Williams, Self- Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race Is that all you’ve got?  Is that all you have for me?  Is there nothing more to say about me, save these physical […]

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