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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Resisting Race

Race is a rule of law.  The color line is well- defined as each generation digs in their heels. “We shall not be moved.”  We fold our arms and turn our backs.  We turn on each other and take turns hating the other. I hate you.  You hate me.  We hate them.  One way of […]

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Race is not a body language

Race is not a body language. It is not a form of nonverbal communication as one’s physical features do not actually communicate physical behaviors.  Because there must be a bad connection as the calls are all the same.  Black is bad, can’t be half bad but must be all bad, a bad apple that leaves […]

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You’re not race-less yet?

Still signing up and showing up for the role of colored people, black, brown, red, yellow, white and otherwise?  Well, here are a few words of wisdom from two of my favorite writers to get you to choose differently and to say something more about who you are as a human being.  Because race is […]

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James Baldwin talks about race as “a frame of reference”

The most common question I get asked is, “How do you not see race?”  Mystified, irritated, doubtful, persons look at me and wonder how does it happen.  Or they think, “What world are you living in?  Not the real one.  Don’t you see what is happening?” I am treated like a madwoman.  They shake their […]

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