Of course a make-believe pirate hijacked the #MeToo movement

By Guest Poster | June 23, 2022

By Liz Henry I couldn’t help but sit back, turn off my screen, and consider: How does one combat a dickfestation? Is there an exterminator for that? Like, for the culture? Of course a make-believe pirate would hijack the progress of the #MeToo movement. I did not watch the defamation trial of Amber Heard and …

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Of course a make-believe pirate hijacked the #MeToo movement

By Guest Poster | June 23, 2022

By Liz Henry I couldn’t help but sit back, turn off my screen, and consider: How does one combat a dickfestation? Is there an exterminator for that? Like, for the culture? Of course a make-believe pirate would hijack the progress of the #MeToo movement. I did not watch the defamation trial of Amber Heard and …

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Move beyond the promise of equity, or Listen to the youth!

By Shay | June 12, 2022 | Comments Off on Move beyond the promise of equity, or Listen to the youth!

The hardest thing about being young is that people don’t listen to you, especially when you are a kid or a human under the age of 18. For some reason, the adults forget what the early years of life are like. At the age of 49, I find myself in a strange place. I am …

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Playing politics around guns and ignoring why we’re different

By Samuel James | June 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Playing politics around guns and ignoring why we’re different

Days before being elected president, Biden promised to “ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implement universal background checks, and enact other common-sense reforms to end our gun violence epidemic.” There have been at least 20 mass shootings since Uvalde—including one in Philadelphia being reported on as I write this and all Biden has to say …

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Questions and communion

By Shay | June 5, 2022 | Comments Off on Questions and communion
one brown hand and four white hands on a table

A few nights ago, I had a real-time exchange with a few local acquaintances that gave me pause—and reminded me once again of the work that white-bodied people need to do in anti-racism spaces. In short, the acquaintance, whom I had not seen in some time, was sharing that they had started following me on …

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Why all the guns?

By Samuel James | May 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Why all the guns?
blurry man in shadows pointing a gun

There are more guns in this country than people. That is a horrifying and difficult truth. Perhaps an even more difficult truth is that the number of guns—while horrifying and difficult–is not the actual problem. It’s only a symptom. The actual disease is why we buy guns. I know that feels bad to hear and …

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Freedom to frolic

By Heather Denkmire | May 26, 2022

Last night, I saw a TikTok video where a woman who was Black was commenting on the wonderful current trend of Black men “frolicking.” The trend is that Black men are recording themselves frolicking joyfully, often in a field, frequently ending by tumbling down into some flowers. The woman’s TikTok (I’m sorry, now I can’t …

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Across racial lines, can we be friends?

By Shay | May 22, 2022

A few days ago, I was having a routine evening chat with my teen-aged daughter, and she was sharing how she has been targeted for racial harassment on certain social media sites since breaking up with her girlfriend. The young lady she had been dating was white; my kid is not. Despite the ex-girlfriend making …

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Will anything change after this hate shooting?

By Samuel James | May 16, 2022

I guess we’re supposed to talk about the Buffalo tragedy but I just don’t know how to discuss this anymore. How many times can we reveal our Black humanity in an appeal to whiteness? How many times can we spell out our quantifiable worth to all things cultural, spiritual, and economic to this country? An …

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Make some noise!

By Shay | May 11, 2022

We are living in strange times, as if it wasn’t enough that we are living through a never-ending plague where the people in charge have just given up. Those of us who possess uteruses and live in the United States are reckoning with the fact that the government thinks we are too incompetent to manage …

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What’s in a name? And what’s it got to do with Twitter and Musk?

By Samuel James | April 26, 2022

If you’re a white person, I’d like to give you a window into Blackness just for a moment. Let me give you just a tiny glimpse at the many layers of things happening all around you that you probably miss. I’m going to do this by talking about names. My name is Samuel James. Pretty …

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American death spiral, racism and COVID

By Shay | April 23, 2022

One could say that the American systems are broken, but that wouldn’t exactly be the truth. After all, the founding tenets of the United States are settler colonialism and white supremacy, which in theory means that our “brokenness” was actually baked into the system. The system has never worked for non-white-bodied people. Sure, there are …

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Racial justice in every breath, not as a task list or project

By Heather Denkmire | April 21, 2022

As a cisgender, upper-middle-class, college-educated white woman, writing publicly about racism is complicated. While some of my social locations (I’m chronically ill with an autoimmune disorder, I’m fat, I’m in recovery for substance use disorder, I live with treated mental illness, and I’m a woman) leave me vulnerable to social and personal harm, the fact …

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The hope embodied in our new Black justice

By Samuel James | April 15, 2022

I’m watching the president standing there next to the soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice and I’m overwhelmed with anger. I hate this moment. I hate that he gets to stand there and pull this legacy bullshit. I hate that he’s trying to get us all to forget how much he did for Clarence Thomas and his …

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