The real conspiracies are worse than the wild conspiracy theories

By Samuel James | November 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

To me, the difficult thing about writing is choosing what to write about. There’s just so much happening all the time. Do I write about the country’s racist history or policies or population? Do I write about our own Black history? Do I just write about the most recent time I got pulled over? What … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 29: Connection is the way, not collection

By Average White Guy | November 17, 2018 | 4 Comments

Calling All White People, Part 29 (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: Are you connecting with Black people or collecting them? … Read more

Treating the cancer of racism

By blackgirlinmaine | November 13, 2018 | 1 Comment

Despite two years of teeth gnashing, soul searching and disbelief, American white people are still grappling with race and how racism is embedded into the DNA of America. Recently, America’s favorite progressive politician, Bernie Sanders, played with the truth in a recent piece in the Daily Beast, where in the aftermath of the recent midterm … Read more

Hey!!! BGIM Media needs your help

By blackgirlinmaine | November 9, 2018

For years now, Black Girl in Maine Media has served as a place of learning for white people and also a community for people of color living in primarily white spaces. My pieces have been used across the country in educational and faith communities, including with the Civil Rights Teams in Maine. The work that … Read more

If we don’t universally shun the hatred, little will change

By Samuel James | November 6, 2018

It wasn’t until 1847 that anyone even suggested surgeons wash their hands. The idea was openly mocked by the medical community for the next 30 years and the doctor who suggested it was eventually killed by bacteria. I think about that a lot. Fighting against an enemy that seems invisible to most, but the evidence … Read more

Episode Two: Navigating Whiteness and Finding Black Joy

By blackgirlinmaine | November 5, 2018

Episode two of ‘You Don’t Know the Half’ has arrived.

Trumping while Black

By Dante Hines | November 4, 2018

This week, the boo-thang of one of my historic acquaintances asked me what Barack Obama did for me during his presidency. Was President Obama supposed to shower me with gifts because him and I were both Black? I never mentioned anything about Obama. In fact, for one Black man to insinuate that another Black man voted for President Obama is translation for, ‘Black people … Read more

Stop looking for the helpers; you’re it! You are the agent of change.

By blackgirlinmaine | November 1, 2018

As we enter the season of darkness, the heaviness that hangs in the air is palpable. There is the literal reduced light outside which leaves many feeling out of sorts as we move deeper into autumn and prepare for winter, but there is also the internal heaviness that many of us are feeling as a … Read more

Taking my experience as a sexual assault survivor to better understand racism

By Heather Denkmire | October 29, 2018

In some ways, this latest post from Heather Denkmire carries echoes of a couple other recent posts, so I’ll link them here: Me Too by René Goddess Johnson and How about we examine what’s really likely with Kavanaugh? by Samuel James. -BGIM If you’re anything like me—and most women (of color and white) I know are—you’ve … Read more

An old tactic with a new twist: Attempting to erase an entire group’s existence

By blackgirlinmaine | October 25, 2018

I’ve long noted on this blog and in other places that the two most oppressed groups in this country are Native American/Indigenous people and Black people. And that hasn’t changed. Indigenous people were subjected to genocide that reduced them from being the dominant group in what we currently call the United States to one of … Read more

The real conspiracies are worse than the wild conspiracy theories

By Samuel James | November 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

To me, the difficult thing about writing is choosing what to write about. There’s just so much happening all the time. Do I write about the country’s racist history or policies or population? Do I write about our own Black history? Do I just write about the most recent time I got pulled over? What issue do I want to draw focus to in the moment? There’s a responsibility in that question that is clouded over by an ever-changing media landscape, peoples’ personal habits and now more than ever, conspiracy theories. As a member of the media, a person with an audience and just as a person, the abundance of conspiracy theories in the public square is terrifying. It points to how few of us have to acknowledge the shared reality and I worry that it’s just going to get worse. The thing that’s always bothered me about conspiracy theories is that generally, they are obviously and flatly false. For instance, I think a lot of people buy into the idea that there is a...

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The real conspiracies are worse than the wild conspiracy theories

By Samuel James | November 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

To me, the difficult thing about writing is choosing what to write about. There’s just so much happening all the time. Do I write about the country’s racist history or policies or population? Do I write about our own Black history? Do I just write about the most recent time I got pulled over? What issue do I want to draw focus to in the moment? There’s a responsibility in that question that is clouded over by an ever-changing media landscape, peoples’ personal habits and now more than ever, conspiracy theories. As a member of the media, a person with an audience and just as a person, the abundance of conspiracy theories in the public square is terrifying. It points to how few of us have to acknowledge the shared reality and I worry that it’s just going to get worse. The thing that’s always bothered me about conspiracy theories is that generally, they are obviously and flatly false. For instance, I think a lot of people buy into the idea that there is a … Read more

Stop looking for the helpers; you’re it! You are the agent of change.

By blackgirlinmaine | November 1, 2018

As we enter the season of darkness, the heaviness that hangs in the air is palpable. There is the literal reduced light outside which leaves many feeling out of sorts as we move deeper into autumn and prepare for winter, but there is also the internal heaviness that many of us are feeling as a … Read more

Taking my experience as a sexual assault survivor to better understand racism

By Heather Denkmire | October 29, 2018

In some ways, this latest post from Heather Denkmire carries echoes of a couple other recent posts, so I’ll link them here: Me Too by René Goddess Johnson and How about we examine what’s really likely with Kavanaugh? by Samuel James. -BGIM If you’re anything like me—and most women (of color and white) I know are—you’ve … Read more

An old tactic with a new twist: Attempting to erase an entire group’s existence

By blackgirlinmaine | October 25, 2018

I’ve long noted on this blog and in other places that the two most oppressed groups in this country are Native American/Indigenous people and Black people. And that hasn’t changed. Indigenous people were subjected to genocide that reduced them from being the dominant group in what we currently call the United States to one of … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 29: Connection is the way, not collection

By Average White Guy | November 17, 2018

Calling All White People, Part 29 (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: Are you connecting with Black people or collecting them? … Read more

Treating the cancer of racism

By blackgirlinmaine | November 13, 2018

Despite two years of teeth gnashing, soul searching and disbelief, American white people are still grappling with race and how racism is embedded into the DNA of America. Recently, America’s favorite progressive politician, Bernie Sanders, played with the truth in a recent piece in the Daily Beast, where in the aftermath of the recent midterm … Read more

If we don’t universally shun the hatred, little will change

By Samuel James | November 6, 2018

It wasn’t until 1847 that anyone even suggested surgeons wash their hands. The idea was openly mocked by the medical community for the next 30 years and the doctor who suggested it was eventually killed by bacteria. I think about that a lot. Fighting against an enemy that seems invisible to most, but the evidence … Read more

If you see libraries as the enemy, then you’ve needed more libraries in your life

By blackgirlinmaine | July 29, 2018

There are some things you just shouldn’t do because it’s just mean, or maybe stupid, or possibly something that would bring a smile to Dick Cheney’s or Sean Hannity’s face—which is only a short step from giving Satan a sensual foot rub. Basically, things YOU JUST DON’T DO. These include: Going alone and unarmed into … Read more

Fascism takes shape and ICE is key to that…and not just at the southern border

By Samuel James | July 1, 2018

Look, I’m about to get into some serious shit, so let’s start off by lightening the mood. Check out these silly-ass animals! I hope that brightened your day. OK. Now for the serious shit. The United States of America will probably become a literal dictatorship very soon. Every person of color in the USA saw … Read more

How are you showing up for Black women in Maine and beyond?

By blackgirlinmaine | June 3, 2018

“De ni**er woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see.”– Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston published these words in 1937 and yet in 2018 those words still ring true for far too many Black women. Black women were the backbone of the Civil Rights … Read more

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