White people love to think of ourselves as Nice. This is especially true of a certain brand of white people, many of us middle class and hailing from the Midwest. We pat ourselves on the back with pride for being [Your State Here] Nice. Where I grew up, in a state that is about 94% … Continue reading Protests Are Not Supposed to be “Nice and Quiet”
Responding to racism is hard. It’s palm sweaty, stomach churning, awkward silence, tempers flaring work. And for white allies, who have not spent their entire lives responding to racism, most of us are new to this work and we don’t always get it right. Whether it is a racist uncle telling a shitty joke at … Continue reading White Allies Need to Start Planning for Racism
As an Asian woman in the mental health field, it is infuriating seeing how authorities in Atlanta have been handling this. The way they excuse the shooter by attributing things to his sex addiction, is not only inaccurate and hurting the Asian communities, but it also further stigmatizes mental illnesses. The misogyny or fetishization of … Continue reading Anti-Asian Racism is Traumatizing Our Community
Little Black girls and Black boys collect indignities, large and small, as they navigate the cities and towns, the highways and backroads of these United States. Little boys see their blackness shift from cuteness to danger. Women find themselves pushed and pulled into sexual stereotypes that present them as objects of pleasure. As hips and … Continue reading Reading the Bible Through the Lens of Black Rage
Immediately after the Nov 6, 2020 election, many well meaning, but naive, predominantly white progressive religious leaders were advocating for “unity.” But Black and brown people knew better. We understood that unless Trump and his most ardent supporters were held accountable for the pain and suffering they caused, that things would only get worse. Most of … Continue reading I Refuse a Naive Unity with Christian White Supremacists.
I wouldn’t be here without the affirming voices of friends and loved ones challenging me when I say, “Black women don’t get to be sick.” “Black women don’t get to be sick.” so often feels like the song of our land. Today, I declare that as a lie from the pit of hell. And some … Continue reading Living Through Chronic Illness as a Black Woman