Adding grace and community to activism, accountability and equity

By blackgirlinmaine | January 19, 2019 | 2 Comments

I don’t consider myself to be an activist or an organizer but, having trained another lifetime ago with the Midwest Training Academy via the Americorps Vista program in the mid 1990s and having spent the past 23 years working in communities for social change, I realize that there are some who do see me as … Read more

In the fear of being racist, failing to be an ally

By Heather Denkmire | January 16, 2019 | 1 Comment

Trigger warning: this essay discusses sexual abuse and assault. When I saw Dave Chappelle’s skit in 2003 of a music video parodying someone named R. Kelly, I’m ashamed to admit I thought it kinda gross but also kinda funny. (My shame today wants me to not tell you this, but I won’t let it stop … Read more

Yes, I’m POC, but 95% of the time I’m simply Black

By blackgirlinmaine | January 10, 2019 | 1 Comment

This week, I made a little self-affirming, declaring-my-identity tweet, and it went like this: Just a reminder, I’m Black. I’m not a Person of Color. It’s cool if you are but I’m not. I’m just Black. If using the term Black makes you feel uncomfortable, you should sit with it and examine why. Signed, A … Read more

Racism really only goes one direction mostly

By Samuel James | January 6, 2019

Remember when white people thought that Obama’s election meant we got rid of racism? Remember how cute that was? Well, I hope you’re getting ready for some more cuteness! Whenever 45 leaves office you won’t even be able to count the number of talking heads and think pieces talking all about how we got rid … Read more

Year-end recap of BGIM Media and why change requires more

By blackgirlinmaine | December 26, 2018

Happy winter holidays! After an intense 2018, we are taking a few days off from posting. Regular posting will resume Jan. 7, 2019, though if the spirit moves me, I might write a piece sooner. However, before I go into break mode, I wanted to share some thoughts. 2018 marked 10 years that this blog/site … Read more

What does it mean to be white?

By Heather Denkmire | December 21, 2018

[An evergreen reminder: I am a white woman writing about racism so I might share with other white people what I learn—mostly what I learn from people of color—so we can all work toward societal transformation.] What does it mean to be a good white person? Most of us white people who have lived in … Read more

When white male supremacy ruins toughness itself

By Samuel James | December 18, 2018

Toughness. It’s about standing back up more times than you’ve been knocked down. It’s about facing down the odds stacked against you. It’s about withstanding pain and suffering for a greater good. It’s a theme at the core of these United States. In our myths toughness is John Wayne and Rocky and Ford trucks. We … Read more

Meeting with a governor and aiming for real progress

By blackgirlinmaine | December 16, 2018

For the past eight years, Maine has been the laughingstock of the nation with our outgoing governor, Paul LePage. A man who was essentially the starter Trump, LePage was the ghost of America’s future  with his openly racist remarks that included telling the Maine NAACP they could kiss his butt. This after being questioned on … Read more

Trump didn’t invent racism. You did

By Hannah L. Drake | December 15, 2018

Hannah L. Drake is new contributor here at BGIM Media. She is an author, poet and spoken word artist. Follow her at writesomeshit.com and on Twitter at hannahdrake628. Another day and yet another headline of #BBQBecky’s calling the police on Black people for existing, another incident of police brutality, racial slurs shouted on a subway, … Read more

BGIM Media needs your support now!

By blackgirlinmaine | December 14, 2018

Dear BGIM Friends and Family, When I started this space back in 2008, I had no idea how far my words would travel. Nor did I ever imagine that this space would end up being so meaningful to so many people. I still can’t believe that my words are used in classrooms and organizations across … Read more

Adding grace and community to activism, accountability and equity

By blackgirlinmaine | January 19, 2019 | 2 Comments

I don’t consider myself to be an activist or an organizer but, having trained another lifetime ago with the Midwest Training Academy via the Americorps Vista program in the mid 1990s and having spent the past 23 years working in communities for social change, I realize that there are some who do see me as an activist or an organizer—or both. In recent years, I have lived, breathed and slept anti-racism work. I came to this work as a frustrated Black woman who had relocated to Maine for family reasons. The racism that I saw early on in this state was downright shocking. Whether it was having my son brought home in the back of a cop car because he dared to go buy a sandwich and was deemed suspicious or me being called colored on a good day to nigger on a bad day. To be clear, racism in Chicago was real and quite present as a constant fog around me, but in a predominantly (and overwhelmingly…more than 90% of the population) white state...

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Adding grace and community to activism, accountability and equity

By blackgirlinmaine | January 19, 2019 | 2 Comments

I don’t consider myself to be an activist or an organizer but, having trained another lifetime ago with the Midwest Training Academy via the Americorps Vista program in the mid 1990s and having spent the past 23 years working in communities for social change, I realize that there are some who do see me as an activist or an organizer—or both. In recent years, I have lived, breathed and slept anti-racism work. I came to this work as a frustrated Black woman who had relocated to Maine for family reasons. The racism that I saw early on in this state was downright shocking. Whether it was having my son brought home in the back of a cop car because he dared to go buy a sandwich and was deemed suspicious or me being called colored on a good day to nigger on a bad day. To be clear, racism in Chicago was real and quite present as a constant fog around me, but in a predominantly (and overwhelmingly…more than 90% of the population) white state … Read more

The George Bush lovefest threatens to obscure reality and history

By blackgirlinmaine | December 6, 2018

Look, I realize that the passing of a former president—any former president—is big deal. It goes beyond just family and friends. It’s about an entire nation’s feelings, good and bad. And even though the family of recently deceased George H.W. Bush is tied to Texas more than anything, the family has a compound not far … Read more

Speak truth of the dead and the living

By Samuel James | December 2, 2018

The idea of “Make America Great Again” bothers me. It bothers me for all the obvious reasons, like there is no Again for minorities or women. It also bothers me because I think liberals now have their own version of MAGA and the Again is just prior to 2016. At the time of this writing, … Read more

The real conspiracies are worse than the wild conspiracy theories

By Samuel James | November 18, 2018

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

Yes, I’m POC, but 95% of the time I’m simply Black

By blackgirlinmaine | January 10, 2019

This week, I made a little self-affirming, declaring-my-identity tweet, and it went like this: Just a reminder, I’m Black. I’m not a Person of Color. It’s cool if you are but I’m not. I’m just Black. If using the term Black makes you feel uncomfortable, you should sit with it and examine why. Signed, A … Read more

Racism really only goes one direction mostly

By Samuel James | January 6, 2019

Remember when white people thought that Obama’s election meant we got rid of racism? Remember how cute that was? Well, I hope you’re getting ready for some more cuteness! Whenever 45 leaves office you won’t even be able to count the number of talking heads and think pieces talking all about how we got rid … Read more

What does it mean to be white?

By Heather Denkmire | December 21, 2018

[An evergreen reminder: I am a white woman writing about racism so I might share with other white people what I learn—mostly what I learn from people of color—so we can all work toward societal transformation.] What does it mean to be a good white person? Most of us white people who have lived in … Read more

Falmouth’s Black babysitter

By Dante Hines | November 25, 2018

A white family of four became really good friends with me while I was working at a Starbucks coffee shop a few summers ago. I was a workaholic, making people their lattes by day and being a full-time healthcare provider by night; showing up at the coffee shop in that dope green apron and leaving … Read more

Little Black girl: A Halloween costume and a white woman’s threat

By Dante Hines | October 14, 2018

Today’s post is a first for the blog written by guest writer Dontavis Hines, and you can read about him in his own words: My name is Dontavis Hines. I typically go by “Dante” and recently started using the name, “Dante Speaks” to raise the volume of my voice surrounding racial issues I face as … 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

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