“When you get scared, keep talking anyway. Tell the truth like Sojourner Truth.
Spill all the beans. Let all the cats out of all the bags.
If you are what you eat, you become what you speak.
If you free your tongue, your spirit will follow.
Just keep saying it, Girl, you’ll get whole.
Say it again and again, Girl, you’ll get free.”
- Kate Rushin
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes starts out her latest book, “I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation” with these lines. I need to hang them on my wall, not because…
At this point, in 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement has been around for over 5 years. At some point, you must realize that those trying to change it up to #alllivesmatter or #bluelivesmatter are doing so knowing full well the Black erasure they are engaged in. I’m not going to explain why those are offensive to another person, it’s been done. I’m also not going to explain it here either. What I do want to highlight though is the way in which white people, in their attempts to explain #BlackLivesMatter center their whiteness.
One of the things I’m seeing happen in the current climate of COVID + BLM + election season is a lot of white people breaking their silence on issues of race and racism for the first time on social media.
Maybe you’re sharing an article on race you found helpful, or expressing a desire to consider the most marginalized in the voting booth…either way, you’ve broken the norm of white silence.
White silence has been a long-standing, white cultural norm that is firmly embedded in American society. I actually saw an interesting historical example of this yesterday when someone was…
Elizabeth is a private contractor helping fellow members of majority culture understand their racial identity and the role it plays in their life.