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A blog from Medium about the fight against anti-Black racism.

Historical memory is far more than an academic exercise

Imagine you were to seek out a therapist, perhaps to help you work through some childhood and adolescent traumas that continued to impact your life as an adult.

You wish to get to the bottom of your current damage by exploring your past, hopeful that with proper guidance, you can…

HISTORY + CIVIL RIGHTS

Before the Montgomery bus boycott, Black people in Baton Rouge challenged Jim Crow laws

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…

RACE + EDUCATION

When a law banned teaching Black people to read and write, John Berry Meachum got creative

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. …

RACISM + HISTORY

Remembering Homère Plessy's bravery in challenging the color barrier

Are you Black, White, or Creole? Those are the questions you might still hear if you come to New Orleans, the city Homère Plessy called home in the mid-1800s. Throughout history, mixed-race people in Louisiana were kept to the same sociopolitical level as Black people, even if they could pass…

RACE + HISTORY

If feeding children is wrong, then we shouldn’t want to be right

We never learned about the Black Panther Party in Louisiana’s public schools. But, ironically, the free toast, grits, and orange juice many of my classmates enjoyed wouldn’t be available if it weren’t for the Black Panther’s Free Breakfast for School Children Program. Because of the free breakfast program organized in…

In 1868 White men killed nearly 250 Black people to stop them from exercising their right to vote. Let’s unpack this.

After the Civil War, a period of Reconstruction brought prosperity to many Black people. In The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones describes this period as a time when “Black Americans pushed an all-white Congress to enshrine equality into the…

Conservatives say they’re just “asking questions,” but the ones they ask have a disturbing thing in common

When conservatives bemoan the state of education and its supposed hijacking by woke mobs intent on destroying critical thought in the name of political correctness, they insist they are only interested in the search for truth.

The left, they say, seeks to shut down that quest — the animating spirit…

Race/Racism

This week, English soccer’s best players face racist threats while Black female athletes’ mental health issues are met with little sympathy

Several of this week’s selections got me thinking about the price Black people are sometimes forced to pay when they excel. There are always folks who seek to minimize or explain away our successes and maximize our failures or missteps. Black players on England’s national soccer team are facing harassment…

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