16Aug/08

REPOST: I have a few (3) more t-shirts available

Calling a few adventurous anti-racists… I am conducting an experiment, and I need the help of ten people of various ethnic backgrounds who are willing to participate. The experiment will simply entail wearing

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20Jul/08

How Could You Not Know This?

Did you know there was a white woman who was murdered by the Klan because of her involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement? Did you know she was a wife and

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12Jul/08

I Don’t Have a Racist Bone in My Body

I was returning home to Los Angeles on a flight from Atlanta, where I’d spent a couple of days at a writer’s conference. Weary from a weekend filled with late night poetry

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30Jun/08

For Us, By Us

LUCRETIA AND JAMES MOTT ARE MY HEROES!   Imagine you lived during a time when the clothes you wore were produced by slave labor. Oh… wait… that’s right… if you’re the average American,

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23Jun/08

“People of color…were tired of holding our hands.”

I saw the film Traces of the Trade and was impressed most by its courage and its frankness. It is definitely interesting to watch the transformation of the family members as they begin to realize exactly what the

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18Jun/08

James Breeden’s “Negro Woman”

On February 28, 1825, a white Tennessee farmer appeared before the Hawkins County Court with his black slave and two children he sired with her, with the intention of petitioning for their

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07Jun/08

Slave Traders’ Decendants Face Their Ugly Truth

THIS FILM GIVES ME HOPE!   CHECK YOUR LOCAL (PBS) LISTINGS!  I want to write something compelling that will make you want to NOT MISS THIS FILM, but every review I attempt does not do this documentary justice, so

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31May/08

A Scary, Twilight Zonish Thought

On a winter’s night in 2004, I was driving down Middlebelt Road in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan with two black teenagers—my daughter Akira and my nephew Nathan* (*not his real

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24May/08

‘Back Then Slavery Was Legal and People Didn’t Think of it As wrong’

I can recall the exact moment my elementary school teacher fell off her greatest-teacher-in-the-world pedestal.  It was a high, hard fall—I know because she fell on me, a freckle-faced “mixed-race” girl so

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17May/08

What Does “Good” Look Like?

Let’s keep it real. It is a mistake to assume that a person who performs acts of “anti-racial goodness” has eradicated their own internalized racism. Most of the individuals who will be

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10May/08

You Be White, I’ll Be Colored

Let’s play a game.  Come on, it’ll be fun.  Well, maybe not fun, but definitely educational.  Here’s how it goes.  You be “white” and I’ll be… hmm… for lack of a better

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03May/08

Proud to be White?

Lisa McLelland was a 15-year-old at Freedom High School in Oakley, California who yearned to belong to one of those campus clubs where students gather to celebrate cultural pride and a sense of shared

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