Racial Formation

No, this will not be about Beyonce’s new “Formation” video or its continued controversy.  If you are interested in a really thoughtful, perhaps too thoughtful interpretation of the song, click here.  If not, keep reading. We talk a lot about what race says about us and others.  What we do not discuss as much are […]

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Race As Social Formation

Like you, I inherited the identity that comes with the social construct of race and also the burden of its life and history.  Initially, I accepted it.  I didn’t know of any other option or way of being so I learned about being black. I read books and watched documentaries on Black history.  I took […]

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How We Emerge

Racism, prejudice and stereotypes are a problem. Most, if not all persons, would agree that they produce more conflicts than resolutions, offer more questions than answers. We need only watch the evening news or visit a news website to hear about yet another incident of violence incited by race.  But, no matter how many times […]

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Race Made Me Do It: How Race Makes Us Unconscious

We believe that we are born into race and behave as if we are preprogrammed by it, predisposed to being racially motivated. We wouldn’t hate or stereotype or segregate or kill if the person had not been black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige. If they had only been different, if they had only been the […]

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Race Has No Body

In my distress, I called to the Lord, and He answered me: ‘Lord, deliver me from lying lips and a decietful tongue.’” ~Psalm 120.1 Some years ago, I realized that speaking of myself in terms of race was a deception. I was lying to myself. I was not really black… at least not yet. I had […]

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What’s Your Race Story?

How did you hear about race? Where were you?Who told you and why? Do you remember when you were told that you were a colored person, a black/white/red/yellow/brown/beige person? What did it feel like? Were you told that you had power or that you were a problem? Was it presented as the unavoidable way of […]

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When God Interrupts

The idea of a race-less life created an interruption in my regularly scheduled social programming.  Before then, I had always tuned in.  I knew all of the characters and their story lines.  I read books about them, collected images and shared stories of my run-ins with prejudice and stereotypes. I suppose I was more of […]

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