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Let’s Unpack This

From Cecil J. Williams to Trayvon Martin, someone is always thinking they have the authority to decide that we don’t belong

Black people defying racists in America makes my heart smile. One of my favorite defiant moments is memorialized in a picture of Cecil J. Williams. The picture, taken in 1956, features Williams drinking from a water fountain in South Carolina. He was on his way back from an assignment for Jet magazine—photographing the state’s segregated beaches—when he stopped at a closed filling station.

The “White Only” sign is clear. What’s also clear is that Williams isn’t White. This “problem” obviously meant nothing to Williams as his eyes pierced into the camera lens with what I’ve imagined is a smug sense…


I learned a lot from the most recent presidential debate, but my largest takeaway by far was how to identify the least racist person in the room. Because, you know, being “least racist” is preferable to — I don’t know — being a raging racist or a little bit racist or just structurally racist as opposed to set-Black-Wallstreet-in-Tulsa-on-fire-and-kill-everyone-Black type of racist. Then there’s old Jim Crow racist or maybe don’t give Black folks affordable mortgage loans racist. Or the plain old “Black-kids-aren’t-smart” type of racist who then decides to miseducate the Black children in the classroom.

There’s so many types…

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