Choosing sides

By Samuel James | May 21, 2018

I can feel it. Every time I walk into a place and there are no other people of color, I can feel it all. I can feel the white paranoia. I can feel their dread. Sometimes I can feel their support. Sometimes I can even feel their indifference, which, you know, is ideal. It didn’t … Read more

“This is America” really IS America, and that’s a shame

By Tiffany Foster | May 17, 2018 | 1 Comment

It look less than 3.4789 seconds for folks to lose their collective minds over Donald Glover’s (AKA, Childish Gambino) “This is America” music video. Let’s all forgive his misogynistic and other questionable ways and bask in the glory of this latest piece of black trauma porn made for white folks, by Black folks. Its “Formation” … Read more

If you are a witness to injustice, will you intervene?

By Heather Denkmire | May 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Preparing to write this piece, I started with the suggestion that I address current events, such as the wrongful arrest of two men in a Starbucks for the crime of sitting in a Starbucks. Of course, identifying an event for discussion where people of color are treated like garbage in public doesn’t require digging. Here’s … Read more

The remedial class

By Tiffany Foster | May 13, 2018 | 8 Comments

You step into class the first day all excited and shit. At least, this is how my college career started. By day two, I was bored. People where asking questions I felt like they should already know the answers to. Every lecture was filled with old information (to me). People were panicking for tests I … Read more

Learning white tears early

By blackgirlinmaine | May 11, 2018 | 2 Comments

I have been writing in this space since 2008 and over the years I have built up a solid following. As such, I have never been a household name, but my words travel far beyond Maine. And while I have had a few pieces go viral before, nothing could have prepared me for the response … Read more

The weakness of Kanye amidst the strength of Black people

By Samuel James | May 9, 2018 | 1 Comment

(Note from BGIM: If for some reason you’ve managed to somehow not know what Kanye West has been up to lately praising Trump and blaming slaves for slavery, you might want to read this and/or this before taking in Sam’s piece below) I’ve got one last thing to say about Kanye, but before I do… … Read more

No to this “Oh”

By blackgirlinmaine | May 5, 2018 | 8 Comments

Too often, White America has selective memory when it comes to the past. It reminds me of my tween daughter’s forgetfulness around things like chores, and yet she never forgets when her allowance is due. As a Black American, it is fascinating to me how often White America looks back on the distant past with … Read more

When you woke AF and basic AF

By Tiffany Foster | May 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

We’re welcoming another new face around here, Tiffany Foster, an Alabama resident here to remind you that all good things come to those who can talk white when necessary. She’s currently working on her MS in I&O Psychology along with writing a book that only her mother will read. Sometime, in the near future, she … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 25: On the subject of digital blackface

By Average White Guy | April 30, 2018 | 1 Comment

Calling All White People, Part 25 (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: Let us not attempt to be “black” when we … Read more

The literal baggage of racism

By Samuel James | April 27, 2018 | 2 Comments

I want to take this opportunity to thank a couple of Black people, but first, let me start back a ways… The problem with person-to-person racism is that it’s stupid. I know that’s obvious, but it still gets to me. Like, it’s people just not thinking their shit through. Then systemic racism allows the stupid … Read more

Choosing sides

By Samuel James | May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

I can feel it. Every time I walk into a place and there are no other people of color, I can feel it all. I can feel the white paranoia. I can feel their dread. Sometimes I can feel their support. Sometimes I can even feel their indifference, which, you know, is ideal. It didn’t used to be this way for me. Of course, just being a Black man has always been a political statement in this country, but now it feels like that statement—that I’m not even deliberately making—is getting louder and louder. Now, a long time ago people chose sides. One of those sides was pro-slavery. Then, as things began to change, it became pro-Jim Crow. Then pro-segregation. But, really it was just always anti-Black. Along the way, as that side expanded, it also became anti-immigration and anti-women and anti-gay and on and on. Now, look. I’m not saying that these ideas are exclusive to one side. They absolutely are not. But what I am saying is that one side has defined themselves...

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Choosing sides

By Samuel James | May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

I can feel it. Every time I walk into a place and there are no other people of color, I can feel it all. I can feel the white paranoia. I can feel their dread. Sometimes I can feel their support. Sometimes I can even feel their indifference, which, you know, is ideal. It didn’t … Read more

Living in a bubble: The privilege to disconnect

By Veronica Perez | April 2, 2018

I recently came across an article in The New York Times about a white man, Erik Hagerman, who lives on a farm in Southeastern, Ohio. He decided that, after Nov. 8, 2016, he would “avoid learning anything that happened to America.” Hagerman—“The Man who Knew too Little”—has staved off of social media, refuses to discuss … Read more

Using regulation and laws to hold up privilege and oppression

By blackgirlinmaine | March 23, 2018

So, I noticed recently the story going around about Tennessee fining residents for braiding hair (while somehow also being unable to muster the legislative will to denounce Nazis and white supremacists as terrorists) and it really bothers me on multiple levels. First, there is the ongoing problem of white people policing Black people’s hair. Being … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 24: Call them the terrorists that they are

By Average White Guy | March 21, 2018

(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: Whitewashing terrorism makes terrorism a racist word   [To find other installments of “Calling All … Read more

“This is America” really IS America, and that’s a shame

By Tiffany Foster | May 17, 2018

It look less than 3.4789 seconds for folks to lose their collective minds over Donald Glover’s (AKA, Childish Gambino) “This is America” music video. Let’s all forgive his misogynistic and other questionable ways and bask in the glory of this latest piece of black trauma porn made for white folks, by Black folks. Its “Formation” … Read more

If you are a witness to injustice, will you intervene?

By Heather Denkmire | May 16, 2018

Preparing to write this piece, I started with the suggestion that I address current events, such as the wrongful arrest of two men in a Starbucks for the crime of sitting in a Starbucks. Of course, identifying an event for discussion where people of color are treated like garbage in public doesn’t require digging. Here’s … Read more

The remedial class

By Tiffany Foster | May 13, 2018

You step into class the first day all excited and shit. At least, this is how my college career started. By day two, I was bored. People where asking questions I felt like they should already know the answers to. Every lecture was filled with old information (to me). People were panicking for tests I … 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

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

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