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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See how the land lies

“I swear to the Lord I still can’t see Why Democracy means Everybody but me.” | Langston Hughes   Nobody represents me. We can only represent ourselves and even then, we may not show up—even with our hands in and up.  We are always running behind, stuck in societal traffic and unable to move beyond […]

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Don’t Explain

“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” | Toni Morrison “Who do you think you are?”  “Why are you here?”  “Where do you think you’re going?”  “How did you get this position?”  “What […]

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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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