29Feb/12

Know Good White People: Wrestling the term ‘White Pride’ Out of the Hands of the Klan

Jean Rankin was a wife and mother of thirteen children living in a modest home overlooking the Ohio river in what was the “free state” of Ohio. Through her window she could

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20Jun/11

Teen Slaves in New Jersey Forced to Braid Hair Made $4Million for their Captors

Imagine you are looking to get your hair braided and you find a salon where the price is low and the quality of the braids is high. You sit for hours in

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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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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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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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