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

Diversity isn’t the goal; we must do better

By blackgirlinmaine | December 9, 2017 | 12 Comments

I have a confession to make. Raising non-white children in the whitest state in America is draining. I spent my first 13 years in Maine living in a town so utterly white that my dearly departed mother, who had a chance to visit Maine before her untimely death, referred to it as “Pleasantville” in reference … Read more

Stop shrinking us

By LaLa Drew | December 3, 2017

I was brought to Maine to live a better life. Better than what, I’ll never know. I have many feelings about that. My mother gave me away so that I might live up here, among the trees and the ocean and the nice white folk. I am meant to be grateful. I gathered this from … Read more

Learning to be alone: The struggle

By blackgirlinmaine | November 27, 2017

The cognitive dissonance in our culture is strong. We say one thing and yet we do another. Whether it’s climate change, racism or interpersonal relationships, we struggle with uncomfortable truths and instead cling to immature hopes and dreams, because the vast majority of us have never been taught to face life as it is and … Read more

Caps vs. lowercase; Black and white

By Jeff Bouley | November 26, 2017 | 4 Comments

Hiya! This is Jeffrey Bouley. Yeah, you might note the similarity in last name with Shay Stewart-Bouley (a.k.a BGIM or Black Girl in Maine). I’m the back-end support and editor around here, and a verrrrrrry junior partner in this BGIM Media venture (as well as a co-parent, friend and former spouse of BGIM). Normally, I … Read more

Interrupting the usual flow to say that we need your help! BGIM needs you!!

By blackgirlinmaine | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Psst, hey you! Psst, come on in! Have you taken a look around here lately? Take a look, get comfortable. Black Girl in Maine recently underwent some changes, from a new logo representing the full breadth of what Black Girl in Maine Media is about in this moment to increased functionality, including a site that … Read more

No, we aren’t the same; change starts with an acceptance of truth

By Samuel James | November 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

All too often, a white person says to me, “Black people and white people aren’t so different.” I understand that there can be a positive sentiment somewhere in that statement, but even when that sentiment is there, there is a lack of acceptance of a very real difference. My usual response to that statement is … Read more

Reflecting on the year of flames, or Change is possible

By blackgirlinmaine | November 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

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

Calling all white people, part 22: Trust and believe

By Average White Guy | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Calling All White People, Part 22 (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: When people of color says it’s racist, start with … Read more

It’s all about race

By Teddy Burrage | October 31, 2017 | 2 Comments

Football player Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice and police brutality in August of 2016. Since then, other football players have joined him in peaceful demonstration as an act of solidarity. Despite their efforts to shine a light on one of America’s most glaring humanitarian crises, … Read more

Everything in this country is about race

By Samuel James | December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

“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 at how deep it goes, I’m to talk about something so basic, so omnipresent and so eternal that you would think it couldn’t possibly have anything to do with race. But first, let me start at the beginning: How we experience time is relative, but generally, we all have a similar sense of how it passes. Things start of as simple and as time goes on, they become more complex. Seeds, babies, ideas, technology all grow in complexity with the passing of time. As an individual, being attached to a sense of time allows for growth and advancement and it defines expectations and practicalities. We’re taught this from the moment we learn to stand, as is evidenced by the children’s...

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Everything in this country is about race

By Samuel James | December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

“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

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

The soul of the nation

By Teddy Burrage | August 17, 2017

The events that took place in Charlottesville and the days after laid bare the soul of the United States. No matter how hard this nation tries, we cannot rid ourselves of the seemingly everlasting scourge of white supremacy. Early movements for civil rights sought to change our institutions in favor of more equitable policies and … Read more

Diversity isn’t the goal; we must do better

By blackgirlinmaine | December 9, 2017

I have a confession to make. Raising non-white children in the whitest state in America is draining. I spent my first 13 years in Maine living in a town so utterly white that my dearly departed mother, who had a chance to visit Maine before her untimely death, referred to it as “Pleasantville” in reference … Read more

Stop shrinking us

By LaLa Drew | December 3, 2017

I was brought to Maine to live a better life. Better than what, I’ll never know. I have many feelings about that. My mother gave me away so that I might live up here, among the trees and the ocean and the nice white folk. I am meant to be grateful. I gathered this from … Read more

Caps vs. lowercase; Black and white

By Jeff Bouley | November 26, 2017

Hiya! This is Jeffrey Bouley. Yeah, you might note the similarity in last name with Shay Stewart-Bouley (a.k.a BGIM or Black Girl in Maine). I’m the back-end support and editor around here, and a verrrrrrry junior partner in this BGIM Media venture (as well as a co-parent, friend and former spouse of BGIM). Normally, I … 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

On being the Black friend

By Guest Poster | August 22, 2017

Today’s post is written by special contributor “Aya,” a Black Millennial making her way in Maine’s most populous city.  Even before moving to Maine, I’ve spent most of my life in primarily white spaces. I’ve learned to accept that if I want to be surrounded by people who look like me, I have to deliberately … Read more

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