Racist, Passive Racist, Anti-Racist, Culturally Clumsy…What’s the difference?

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For the record, everyone who is called a racist is not a racist, especially not in the strictest definition of the word. That definition calls for an examination of a person’s beliefs and practices regarding racial prejudice, discrimination and racial superiority. Historically, racists openly displayed their views with society’s complete support. However, changes did occur.. read more →

Let’s Just Leave Dr. Seuss Out of It

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So, Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to remove 6 books from publication. What would Dr. Seuss and his right to free speech say about this? Well, if you want to know how a writer thinks, you just need to read and understand his or her works. What is instilled in us is what comes out of.. read more →

Cicely Tyson – Not an Actress, an Experience

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Upon getting the news that Cecily Tyson passed away at age 96, I was surprised. Yes, surprised even at her age. That’s because a woman who made the type of impression on the world that she did is the kind of woman that we tend to think will live forever. Of course, in one respect,.. read more →

Nothing Changes Until It Does

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When it happened I cried. I thought about my father and I cried harder for his sake. He had died a few years earlier and had missed it. My father, who was born in 1926 Louisiana, knew firsthand about the unapologetic, brutal, southern racism that America embraced. However, he also saw racial progress as the.. read more →

ENOUGH

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I remember one of the first times I was in the U.S. Capitol. It was on one of my many school field trips to the National Mall in Washington D.C. Even though we were excited children, we knew that we were expected to be quiet and respectful.  Statuary Hall is especially memorable for me for.. read more →

Two Sides of 2020

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A December 31, 2019 Facebook memory post appeared in my newsfeed that read, “Dear 2020, this year I will keep living my best life and smile…Happy New Year.” With the benefit of hindsight, my first thought that I posted when I shared the memory was, “Well, this post didn’t age well.” Then I really thought.. read more →

But We Are Here

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It’s amazing how we reach a point in our lives and do the long, look back. That’s when we’re able to see our entire life’s work.  How much happiness did we give? How much grief did we suffer? Have the dreams we had for our children been realized?  Have our own dreams? How many of.. read more →

A Racial Bias

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I remember getting a comment from a woman reading one of my books. She let me know that she was not pleased to find out she was reading about a black woman. She wrote that I, the writer, did not inform her of the race of the character, so she had imagined the character as.. read more →

Lest We Forget…

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The night Hillary Clinton clinched the nomination for the Democratic Party, I got emotional. I didn’t expect it. As a matter of fact, if you had asked me beforehand how I would feel, I’m almost certain I would have shrugged it off. But when I heard Alicia Keys’ song, This Girl is on Fire, and.. read more →

Year of Me…Interrupted Already?

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So, 2016 The Year of Me has barely begun, when I’ve hit a bit of a stumbling block. I had the displeasure of witnessing a friend (or more like an acquaintance), lie without blinking an eye. It was in a group, fun setting and there wasn’t any pressure put on her to speak, much less.. read more →