Treating the cancer of racism

By blackgirlinmaine | November 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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

Voting is important but there is a reason many do not…or cannot

By Samuel James | October 22, 2018

Stop saying, “If you’re not going to vote, you can’t complain later!” Please, register and go out and vote. Please. I mean, not if you’re a republican. Stay right the fuck home if you’re a republican, but otherwise, yes, please go vote. We might not get another chance after this. Really. So, please, go vote, … Read more

Me too

By René Goddess Johnson | October 16, 2018

In this time of #MeToo being very much in the public awareness, what follows below are the shared experiences of one of BGIM Media’s contributors that illustrate how, unfortunately, the idea that sexual assault, rape and sexual oppression are just the doings of a tiny number of “bad apples” in a huge bunch of “good … Read more

Treating the cancer of racism

By blackgirlinmaine | November 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 elections he admitted that many white people have a hard time voting for Black politicians. “I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American,” Sanders told The Daily Beast, referencing the close contests involving Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia and ads run against the two. “I think next time around, by the way, it will be a lot easier for them to do that.” Like I said, Bernie played with the truth. See, it’s true that white people struggle to vote for Black politicians, but the...

Read More

Treating the cancer of racism

By blackgirlinmaine | November 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 elections he admitted that many white people have a hard time voting for Black politicians. “I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American,” Sanders told The Daily Beast, referencing the close contests involving Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia and ads run against the two. “I think next time around, by the way, it will be a lot easier for them to do that.” Like I said, Bernie played with the truth. See, it’s true that white people struggle to vote for Black politicians, but the … 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

Voting is important but there is a reason many do not…or cannot

By Samuel James | October 22, 2018

Stop saying, “If you’re not going to vote, you can’t complain later!” Please, register and go out and vote. Please. I mean, not if you’re a republican. Stay right the fuck home if you’re a republican, but otherwise, yes, please go vote. We might not get another chance after this. Really. So, please, go vote, … 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

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

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

Into the Archives