The democracy is dead but it can be resuscitated

By Samuel James | June 20, 2019 | 1 Comment

I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that we are no longer a democracy. And no, this isn’t some kind of cute, semantic quibble about how we’re actually a republic or whatever. I mean the systems by which the United States government represents its citizens are no longer functioning. Our current … Read more

African American Vernacular English: Different but equal

By Alexandria Bennett | June 14, 2019

I’ve been lauded for my speaking abilities since I was a child. I delivered a commencement speech at a local school when I was just in the 8th grade. I may have been in more speech competitions than I can actually remember, but I know that I’ve never lost one. Mastery of Standard American English … Read more

Parenting white children (A book review)

By Heather Denkmire | June 10, 2019 | 2 Comments

Parenting white children (A book review) Co-sleeping or sleep-training? Bottles or breastfeeding? Parenting is filled with complicated decisions. How we respond depends a lot on our backgrounds, our support networks, and our individual personalities. As a white parent of white children, I’ve thought quite a bit about how I want to address race and racism … Read more

A story of success in Virginia…short-lived and over a century old, but still a relevant history lesson

By Samuel James | June 3, 2019

We all believe that we’re inherently good. Our histories tell us as much. Unfortunately, history is not a record of factual events so much as a preservation of an identity. Problematic events that conflict with that identity often get ignored and go unmentioned—and can eventually even be forgotten. Evidence of wrongdoing disappears along with any … Read more

The goal is in sight, but the content needs reader support…your support

By Shay | May 30, 2019

Dear Readers, The first five months of 2019 have personally been quite a journey and a testament to the power of how our voices can make a difference. When I created this site back in 2008, I never could have imagined that this space would be a part of taking my work and voice beyond … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 34: Racism isn’t a wrap yet

By Average White Guy | May 27, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 34 (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: Calling for the after-party before you’ve even wrapped up … Read more

Biden is not a path to unity, progress or success

By Samuel James | May 23, 2019

Ooooooooookay. So. A couple of the more recent pieces I wrote for BGIM were about Joe Biden. Most people were very receptive, but the pushback I did get mostly took this form: “If it comes down to Biden or Trump, I’m voting for Biden!” There are a lot of problems with this idea. The first … Read more

Raising kids of color in very white places

By Shay | May 21, 2019

For the last several years of my marriage, while we never doubted  that there was love between us, we were uncomfortably aware that there was something deeply amiss in our relationship. We spent our last few years together doing everything in our power to keep the relationship going until it became painfully obvious that love … Read more

Racial tensions and the Drag community

By Veronica Perez | May 17, 2019

So just recently the Met Gala, also known as the Met Ball, took place. It is an annual for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Celebrities, writers, directors, rappers and other people of interest follow the theme that was set forth when choosing outfits, and this year … Read more

Invisibly disabled at the intersection of marginalized identities

By Alexandria Bennett | May 11, 2019

I knew something was wrong long before I was diagnosed. I was gaining weight. I was reasonably active or at least maintaining a certain level of activeness. I was a healthy eater. I didn’t fry anything but an egg and rarely that. I didn’t eat canned foods. I made baked goods with almond meal and … Read more

The democracy is dead but it can be resuscitated

By Samuel James | June 20, 2019 | 1 Comment

I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that we are no longer a democracy. And no, this isn’t some kind of cute, semantic quibble about how we’re actually a republic or whatever. I mean the systems by which the United States government represents its citizens are no longer functioning. Our current president lost the popular vote. Even though he represents only a minority of Americans, he has stacked the Supreme Court as well as the federal bench. Also, democrats have won more votes during the past three senate runs, yet continue to be the minority. On top of it all, gerrymandering and voter suppression continue to solidify minority rule and distance us from actual democracy. Yeah. It’s real bad. Pre-apocalypse kind of bad. It’s the kind of bad you read about in history books and think, How did they not see this? Why didn’t they do anything about it? The answer here is actually pretty simple: racism. We’ve never dealt with the problem and now the problem deals with us. If...

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The democracy is dead but it can be resuscitated

By Samuel James | June 20, 2019 | 1 Comment

I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that we are no longer a democracy. And no, this isn’t some kind of cute, semantic quibble about how we’re actually a republic or whatever. I mean the systems by which the United States government represents its citizens are no longer functioning. Our current president lost the popular vote. Even though he represents only a minority of Americans, he has stacked the Supreme Court as well as the federal bench. Also, democrats have won more votes during the past three senate runs, yet continue to be the minority. On top of it all, gerrymandering and voter suppression continue to solidify minority rule and distance us from actual democracy. Yeah. It’s real bad. Pre-apocalypse kind of bad. It’s the kind of bad you read about in history books and think, How did they not see this? Why didn’t they do anything about it? The answer here is actually pretty simple: racism. We’ve never dealt with the problem and now the problem deals with us. If … Read more

Biden is not a path to unity, progress or success

By Samuel James | May 23, 2019

Ooooooooookay. So. A couple of the more recent pieces I wrote for BGIM were about Joe Biden. Most people were very receptive, but the pushback I did get mostly took this form: “If it comes down to Biden or Trump, I’m voting for Biden!” There are a lot of problems with this idea. The first … Read more

Quiz time! How different are Joe Biden and Donald Trump, really?

By Samuel James | May 8, 2019

Donald Trump and Joe Biden are pretty similar guys, and no, I’m not just talking about their age. Or their hair plugs. They’ve also shared world views. For instance, in 1975, while Trump was being forced into an agreement not to discriminate against renters of color, Biden was also fighting integration by sponsoring anti-busing legislation. … Read more

What’s happening to truth in America? Let me tell you

By Samuel James | April 24, 2019

The national conversation over impeachment is getting louder every day. The Mueller Report seems to have turned the volume all the way up to 11. The conservatives, of course, are against this, but so are some liberals. The liberal reason is a fear that an impeachment trial could rule the president not guilty, emboldening him … Read more

African American Vernacular English: Different but equal

By Alexandria Bennett | June 14, 2019

I’ve been lauded for my speaking abilities since I was a child. I delivered a commencement speech at a local school when I was just in the 8th grade. I may have been in more speech competitions than I can actually remember, but I know that I’ve never lost one. Mastery of Standard American English … Read more

Parenting white children (A book review)

By Heather Denkmire | June 10, 2019

Parenting white children (A book review) Co-sleeping or sleep-training? Bottles or breastfeeding? Parenting is filled with complicated decisions. How we respond depends a lot on our backgrounds, our support networks, and our individual personalities. As a white parent of white children, I’ve thought quite a bit about how I want to address race and racism … Read more

A story of success in Virginia…short-lived and over a century old, but still a relevant history lesson

By Samuel James | June 3, 2019

We all believe that we’re inherently good. Our histories tell us as much. Unfortunately, history is not a record of factual events so much as a preservation of an identity. Problematic events that conflict with that identity often get ignored and go unmentioned—and can eventually even be forgotten. Evidence of wrongdoing disappears along with any … Read more

Actions I take (as a white woman) to help dismantle white supremacy

By Heather Denkmire | April 12, 2019

[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, liberation.] “What actions do we take to help dismantle white supremacy?” I asked my nearly-10-year-old to help me brainstorm … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 33: Racism isn’t the white person’s call

By Average White Guy | April 4, 2019

(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: Sorry, but white people don’t get to define what is racist   [To find other … Read more

After the turning point, Part 1

By Heather Denkmire | March 8, 2019

Losing a friend because I was steeped in white supremacy (and didn’t even see it) was the beginning of my turning point in racial justice work; she showed me that my “writing for white people” in a newspaper, however good my intentions were, had the impact of harming people of color. Without realizing it, I … Read more

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