My black men are not safe. They’ve never been. Whether it was the historic realities of slavery and Jim Crow and segregation; of lynchings and mob attacks; of the systematic break down of our families and black men’s’ humanity; of the discrimination and systemic racism that kept them from accumulating wealth because of discrimination after they served our country in the military; to the school to prison pipeline, they’ve never been safe.
Why does it seem like growth goes hand in hand with pain? My recent therapy sessions have revealed some things about me – deep, foundational ways of thinking that continue to come to the surface and are roadblocks to a different way of being. Dealing with these things is painful. So painful. I have to … Continue reading Therapy is Life Alignment
So Happy Black History month. Maybe we will actually recognize the multifaceted history of this country. Maybe my she-roes and heroes that were an integral part of my formation will become known by others.
Rozella White on street harassment.
I have no desire on being used for another’s purpose that mainly meets a quota. I don’t like the feeling of being used. I’m realizing that I am lifted up by people when things are going well or when I’ve brought positive attention to something. However, as soon as I say something that is critical or viewed as disparaging, my “token status” is revoked.
At some point, my friend interrupted me and asked, “Roze, what do you want from white people?”
In a very exasperated voice I said, “I want people not to be racists and I don’t want to have to teach them!” To this my friend replied, “People genuinely don’t know what to do.” I sighed at this response. And then something happened. My friend forced me to articulate what I wanted from white folks. And this is where my understanding of who I am and how I show up in the world and what this means actually comes into play.