The Majority of White Women Are Not In Danger of Being Harmed By Black Males: A Local Case Study

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By ShaRhonda Knott Dawson  I love my community. I live in an incredibly diverse cluster of suburbs in West Suburban Cook County (Chicago.) By far, the most popular suburb of my local suburban cluster is Oak Park. It is a beautiful village, full of stunning architectural homes by famed architect, […]

Even as a Disability Advocate I Still Did Everything Wrong When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

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November 6, 2018, is the day my daughter was officially diagnosed with autism. That’s the day my world collapsed. For the first hour of her three-hour IEP meeting, I was doing OK. We were reviewing her old goals and some of the new testing that the school had been doing […]

Chicago Political Tribes

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In Chicago, we don’t have political parties; everyone is a Democrat.  However, we do have Chicago political tribes. I will give a detailed overview of our political tribes, we don’t have political parties; there are not enough Republicans in the city to even really discuss them.   Chicago political parties   Chicago is […]

For White Boys Schools Are Pipelines to Politics, For Black Boys Schools Are Pipeline to Prison.

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address. Like many other U.S. citizens, I see our current president as deeply flawed, lacking in empathy, racist and unable to take responsibility for his actions. But as a Black woman, I view Donald Trump as just another tone-deaf, […]

The Failings of Schools to Teach White Male Students Basic Morality

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Tonight, President Trump will deliver, “The State of the Union.”  President Trump has so many flaws; too many for me to list in one piece, but his inability to feel empathy, his blatant racism, and his inability to take responsibility for his actions, are the most frustrating of his flaws. […]

Why I Am Against The Racial Identification as”Bi-Racial” For Black People Mixed With White.

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THIS IS A POST FOR PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFY AS BLACK OR ARE MIXED WITH BLACK Okay, I’ve been warned by multiple people, not to write this, because I will be vilified. And, I tried to let it go out of my spirit, but I couldn’t. After a particularly difficult conversation, […]

What will my legacy be to my descendents​?

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Around middle school, I began to grasp the civil rights movement.  In a real way; not the way we teach it in school.  I understood, on visceral level, the terrorism my family endured in Arkansas and Illinois.  I could conceptualize the historical structural and institutional reality of American racism that was: Slavery, The […]

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

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January 29, 2018 An interesting phrase, with an equally interesting hashtag, has started to go around: #StayWoke. This phrase was especially present during the Women’s March after the inauguration of President Trump. There are many different ways to interpret what it means to “Be Woke;” but I posit, that instead of just focusing […]