I do not have words to describe the pleasure I had listening to this interview. This young man is AMAZING! So, so, so articulate. Once again, my little brother turned me on to something fantastic. Thank you, Maxwell. 🙂
Akala talks about race relations in the UK, focusing on experiences of West Indians (he says Caribbeans – I hate that term :-D) who migrated to England, and their children’s experiences. There’s also a dash of the “myth of meritocracy” thrown in for additional flavor. The story resonated heavily with me – myself a child of West Indian parents who migrated to the US. But the power in his words is not that he discusses racism against blacks; it’s how he shows the oppression of those in power toward those WITHOUT power, regardless of skin color. Continue reading
When I was about eight or nine years old, some family friends visited us. The son was a few years older than I – he might have about 12 or 13. We were playing, and then he asked me to go into the bathroom so we could play some more. When we got there, he proceeded to pull down his pants and attempted to get his penis into my vagina. I was totally confused about what was happening, and more than a little scared.
We heard my mom calling for us, and he told me that he would go out of the bathroom first and then I should follow after and pretend as if nothing happened. I did.
I didn’t tell my mom. I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t tell anyone until I told Vaughn. I can’t remember if we were married or not at the time I told him, but I would have been about 27 or 28 at the time. Continue reading
You can find some really stupid advice on the internet. Lol. I sweat in my head when I run. Profusely. My hair can be soaked when I’m done – especially after long runs, and especially now that it’s summer and hot. Why is this a problem? I have a relaxer in my hair. To keep it healthy, I minimize the heat that I put in it – this includes blow dryers and curling irons. This doesn’t work out so well if I’m running four times a week, and have to leave my house before noon for work. Lol. Continue reading
After Alton Sterling and Philando Castille were killed, I started writing. I wrote Prince George’s County Exec Rushern Baker and Prince George’s County Police Chief Harry Stawinski, III to discuss how I felt about the recent spate of citizen shootings by police officers. I am happy to report that I received responses from both. Exec Baker’s office reached out two days after they got my letter and put me in contact with Chief Stawinski’s Chief of Staff – Jacqueline Rafterry. I started a crazy travel schedule shortly after, but was finally able to hook up with Major Rafterry on Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading
Today’s post is simply me reposting a feel good story I received from The Daily GOOD. It’s a reminder that not all cops are bad. Let’s find the good ones and support them.
Acclaimed rapper The Game made headlines last week when he joined Snoop Dogg for a peaceful protest march in Los Angeles that was designed to help foster better communications between the black community and the Los Angeles Police Department. But his latest move might be even more historic. Continue reading
After Tamir Rice was killed in Ohio
, social media exploded with
anger about the killing, as it
explodes after every
police shooting. In response, Governor John Kasich created committees to research police/community relations. This led to the creation of new “use of excessive force
” standards for the state of Ohio. Fantastic, right? Not so much. Continue reading
I hope we have vented and cried about how upset we are about the recent shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, and we’re now ready to DO something about it. Hashtags are not us doing something.
I heard Eric Garner’s mother make a powerful statement the day after the shooting:
“This [shooting of citizens by the police] is not a hashtag to me. This is my life. I will never see my son again.”
(I liberally paraphrased her, but you can find the actual quote if you Google it).
We can’t just hashtag our lives away. We have to DO something! So here’s what I do and will do. Continue reading
July 8, 2016
County Executive, Prince George’s County
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Dear Mr. Baker,
My name is Melissa Andrews. I live in the Perrywood community in Upper Marlboro. I have two sons, ages 8 and 5. The recent shooting of Alton Sterling has prompted me to write you.
My family has no plans to move from Prince George’s County. That means that my sons will grow up here. They will learn to drive here. Their first encounter with the police will most likely be in this county – a county that is still trying to overcome a reputation that includes a brutal police force. I have to tell you that I am terrified that my sons could be shot and killed during a stop with the police. Continue reading
Yesterday at church the pastor’s sermon title was today’s blog topic. It’s something I never thought I’d hear discussed in church – the hurt that unattractive people feel when their looks are made fun of.
As someone who experienced quite a bit of that during high school – that time when we really start noticing that looks matter – it brought back some painful memories. But it also reminded me, as he said, how blessed I am. Continue reading
This weekend, while a friend of mine was preaching at a black history event at a mostly white university, students on social media were making racial comments about him in particular and blacks in general.
The Adventist social media blogosphere was awash with comments about the incident; many called for the school to stop students from using Yik Yak and to get Yik Yak to identify the students in question so they could be “punished”. Continue reading