I tracked news reports of a bomber terrorizing Austin, and then less than a month later, of a mass-shooter in Nashville. Both were white, Christian, and formerly home-schooled. All identity markers that I share.
Memorize scripture as resistance. Refuse to surrender it to the literalists who use it as a death-dealing force. Memorize scripture to reclaim it as Good News, as something life-giving.
“Hi, I’m Suzanne, and I’m skeptical of white women.” Let me repeat that a little louder for the white women in the back—“I’m Suzanne, and I am skeptical of white women.” If you’re a white woman and still reading this, hooray! Most stop listening after hearing those words, so kudos to you. If you’re a … Continue reading The One Thing I Say That Pisses White Women Off
I only tell bad stories, as if I need to prove how rightly you’ve gone. But I forget to say: we were good to each other. We hiked a glacier and chomped pizza and harvested raspberries from the yard to make pancakes on a white night. We had a picnic in March with oreo pie … Continue reading Another Letter to the Men I Have Loved
I really tried not to care about these Kanye tweets. I tried not to care when he posed for a photo with white supremacists throwing up white power symbols. I tried not to care when he showed us his MAGA hat or when 45 gave him a Twitter shout out. I tried not to care … Continue reading I Tried Not To Care About Kanye but His Words About Slavery Hurt Me
These 100% sex free sleepovers were absolutely off limits in the conservative christian community we were raised in but were the key to my survival during those dark days. He likely saved my life but this came at a price; my depression and our sleepovers led to us losing our church community.