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Image: Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence event, St. Paul, MN 2018, from Fibonacci Blue, Flickr, Creative Commons license

It happened again, and, as always, people are shocked.

Not solely because of the awfulness, but also because of where it happened: a nice, safe place, not unlike all the other nice, safe places it’s happened before.

Springfield, Littleton, Newtown, Parkland, Santee, West Paducah, Jonesboro, Edinboro, Pearl, or Moses Lake…

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It has become almost laughable how many people invoke Dr. King’s name on MLK Day to deny systemic racism. Or defame or intentionally lie about critical race theory. Or just downright oppose meaningful societal change when it comes to race.

Arguments like those listed above are especially pervasive during this…

RACISM + POLITICS

Birmingham police take Martin Luther King Jr., Rev Ralph Abernathy in for questioning (1962) | via Smithsonian

Ever since the federal government declared January 17th a national holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., many White people have misquoted his words, twisting them into a colorblind fantasy that goes against the very spirit of his life's work. …

HISTORY + CIVIL RIGHTS

Photo Credit | Louisiana Civil Rights Trail

In Louisiana, public high schools dedicate a small window of time to discuss the Civil Rights Era, typically during Black history month — the year's shortest month. Students are not provided a Black History textbook but instead read excerpts from key speeches. At some point, the teacher usually shows a…

Image: Irzhanovel Ansel/Shutterstock

I’ve written many times about how the images we’re fed in movies and television impact how we unconsciously feel about and act toward various groups of people and even ourselves.

But many of us don’t realize that children start forming views on race long before they’re watching Superman, Spiderman or…

Person on bow of ship putting up a sign that says black folks welcome
Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels, Adapted by Author on Canva

Heat, internet, water included. We are queer-friendly. This is what I read as I scoured the Craigslist housing section. I’ve seen this declaration many times, and I like it, even though it gives me some questions about other things, like race, for example.

My mind began to wander, and I…

RACE + EDUCATION

Ben Campbell Steamship | [between 1852 and 1860] | Photo Credit | Libary of Congress

The story of White people interfering with Black people’s ability to live and learn freely seems deeply embedded in America’s cultural landscape. We have White conservatives lambasting critical race theory and The 1619 Project as invalid and harmful in the modern era. …

BLACK ORGANIZATIONS MATTER

A black Union soldier and his family during the Civil War | Photo Credit | New York Times

First, let me say that I am an American descendant of slavery, and I believe that we deserve reparations for the demonstrable practices of slavery and Jim Crow that characterizes so much of the Black American experience. “Black people were enslaved here longer than we have been free.”

Even though…

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