Healing the wounds of racism, or, being a better white person

By Guest Poster | January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today’s piece is written by a special contributor. Heather Denkmire doesn’t describe herself as an accomplice or an ally, and she’s certainly not “woke.” She’s just a woman whose spiritual and physical health depends on daily work on racism in herself and in the wider world. As a writer https://serenebabe.net/writing-credits/ and a person in long-term recovery from … Read more

Nurturing the third eye

By LaLa Drew | January 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

This past weekend, “Rachel” opened at Portland Stage. Set in the 1920s, the play explores racism, colorism, and the effects of the two on the black psyche. I am blessed to be a part of the production. Rachel has an all-Black, intergenerational cast with several kids aged about 6-10. We call them the “littles,” and … Read more

Let’s not make a supercharged new Mammy trend, ok?

By blackgirlinmaine | January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

During the recent Golden Globes broadcast, Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Cecile B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and, in accepting the award, she delivered a helluva speech. Given this current horrid moment in history, we needed her words and her energy—we needed a momentary respite from the fire and fury of the “very … Read more

How does the president get away with all this dumb sh*t?

By Samuel James | January 8, 2018 | 2 Comments

This question is everywhere. I see it online, I hear it at the grocery store and I feel it in the air every time his name is spoken, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer it, but I’m gonna warn you right now, you ain’t gonna like it. A long time ago Thomas … Read more

Why, people, must you misunderstand wypipo?

By Teddy Burrage | January 1, 2018 | 4 Comments

“People blackfacing with their emojis: What’s up with that?” That was a Facebook status I had recently posted. At the outset, I knew the post had the potential to spiral out of control, but I was genuinely curious. Shortly after I posted, people began putting in their two cents on the topic. For the most … Read more

Calling all white people, part 23: No hostage-taking please

By Average White Guy | December 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Calling All White People, Part 23 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: Don’t hold people of color hostage to your oversensitivity … Read more

A little bit of this, a little of that…Let’s talk racism and next steps

By blackgirlinmaine | December 20, 2017 | 4 Comments

As someone who has written about racism since 2003 and been the head of an anti-racism organization since 2014, my focus on racism as a social ill is rarely personal.  I couldn’t care less what individual white people think of me because, on a personal level, it’s rare that said person has the ability to … Read more

Wade in

By Samara Cole Doyon | December 18, 2017 | 4 Comments

A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our children to the Winter Wonderland display at the Maine Mall. The online ad promised a festive array of merry-making activities, and we weren’t disappointed on that end. The massive train table, holiday movie lounge, wall drawing stations, and jumbo chess and checker boards were impressive, … Read more

Adoptees adopting themselves

By LaLa Drew | December 15, 2017 | 5 Comments

Family is a word on everyone’s tongue. It is no doubt that family can be a difficult thing across the board.  For some of us though, it tends to be more complicated. I am teaching myself how to cry. How to really let out the grief that has lived in my body since time before … Read more

Everything in this country is about race

By Samuel James | December 11, 2017

“Everything in this country is about race.” Even though it’s a cliché at this point, you’ve probably heard that and said to yourself, “Well, not everything.” Now, look, I’m obviously not going to itemize every single thing that’s racist. But to give you the single best example I can, to give you just a peek … Read more

Healing the wounds of racism, or, being a better white person

By Guest Poster | January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today’s piece is written by a special contributor. Heather Denkmire doesn’t describe herself as an accomplice or an ally, and she’s certainly not “woke.” She’s just a woman whose spiritual and physical health depends on daily work on racism in herself and in the wider world. As a writer https://serenebabe.net/writing-credits/ and a person in long-term recovery from alcoholism, she has found that sharing her life experiences can sometimes benefit others; she’s grateful for the opportunity to share some of those experiences here on BGIM. When my daughter was little, I wanted her to live a life that was more diverse and inclusive than my own childhood had been. But, how could I do that? I knew simple exposure, ideally leading to communication and relationships, to people who came from different backgrounds was essential. But, again, how could I do that? A major problem I faced, and I know it’s a problem a lot of my white peers face, is that I didn’t know anyone who wasn’t white. I considered joining some parenting groups for families who had...

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Healing the wounds of racism, or, being a better white person

By Guest Poster | January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today’s piece is written by a special contributor. Heather Denkmire doesn’t describe herself as an accomplice or an ally, and she’s certainly not “woke.” She’s just a woman whose spiritual and physical health depends on daily work on racism in herself and in the wider world. As a writer https://serenebabe.net/writing-credits/ and a person in long-term recovery from … Read more

Reflecting on the year of flames, or Change is possible

By blackgirlinmaine | November 11, 2017

As someone who is almost never without words, increasingly I come to this space unsure of what to say and how to say it. So today, I go back to my roots and I write the words to which I simply need to give life to—and hope that they will resonate with others. This past … Read more

The same key to solve mass violence and systemic racism

By blackgirlinmaine | October 4, 2017

In these moments, words are meaningless. Here we stand at the moral crossroad as a nation, deeply fractured and in tatters. We are a nation under siege but the enemy is not from outside; it is the enemy within. This enemy has always been with us but until this moment, the vast majority of Americans … Read more

I am tired, or The trauma of white supremacy

By blackgirlinmaine | September 6, 2017

I don’t know about you but I am tired. Like deep in my bones, weary and wondering when will it end? The past few years have brought us a nonstop flow of Black pain and suffering as we have seen Black kids, teens and adults whose lives have been taken too soon by a system … Read more

Nurturing the third eye

By LaLa Drew | January 15, 2018

This past weekend, “Rachel” opened at Portland Stage. Set in the 1920s, the play explores racism, colorism, and the effects of the two on the black psyche. I am blessed to be a part of the production. Rachel has an all-Black, intergenerational cast with several kids aged about 6-10. We call them the “littles,” and … Read more

Let’s not make a supercharged new Mammy trend, ok?

By blackgirlinmaine | January 9, 2018

During the recent Golden Globes broadcast, Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Cecile B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and, in accepting the award, she delivered a helluva speech. Given this current horrid moment in history, we needed her words and her energy—we needed a momentary respite from the fire and fury of the “very … Read more

How does the president get away with all this dumb sh*t?

By Samuel James | January 8, 2018

This question is everywhere. I see it online, I hear it at the grocery store and I feel it in the air every time his name is spoken, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer it, but I’m gonna warn you right now, you ain’t gonna like it. A long time ago Thomas … Read more

Of a crumbling house and bended knees

By Samuel James | October 9, 2017

We can all agree that this country is not perfect. Some parts work very well. Other parts are very broken. Naturally, because we want a more perfect union, we want to fix what is broken. Because there are so many of us, it is difficult for all of us to see all of the problems. … Read more

Changing Maine and the necessity of PoC spaces

By LaLa Drew | September 21, 2017

To be a person of color in Maine is to eat sleep and breathe Whiteness. Despite the melanin of our skin, we still live, move, and operate within a reality which centers Whiteness above all things. Because PoC Mainers operate within the long-endured rule of Whiteness, we have little to no opportunities to gather together … Read more

Navigating racism, or Hate exists everywhere whether you admit it or not

By blackgirlinmaine | September 19, 2017

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s in Chicago, there were neighborhoods and nearby suburbs that I knew, as a Black person, we were never to enter. Bridgeport, Marquette Park, Mount Greenwood and Cicero for starters. These were areas where being caught in them as a Black person could mean your life. In 1966, Martin … Read more

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