Why I Did Not Watch, “America To Me”

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“I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.” – James Baldwin Our  West suburban community has been captivated by the Starz docu-series, “America to Me.” In the series, Oak Park parent and documentary filmmaker Steve James highlights some of the racial issues that continue to plague […]

Why I, an Oak Park Resident​ did not send my Black Children to OPRF

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*This post was written by my friend, Juanta Bennett Griffin, who grew up in Oak Park and is currently residing with her family in Oak Park.  I am so grateful she shared her story and experiences with Oak Park schools.  This piece is rich in experience that is rarely talked […]

Advice on How to Win High School Regardless of Your Disabilities From Someone Who Has Been There, Too.

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MY FIRST GUEST COLUMNIST!  OMG, I am so excited to share this piece written by my dear friend, fellow disability advocate, proud Harry Potter loving friend, Megan!  Seriously, I love this girl and am so honored that she shared her story and advise with me on my new blog!  Please […]

Musings on Christianity, Capitalism, and The Commandment To Love Each Other

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One of my greatest frustrations is when people confuse capitalism and Christianity. Our capitalist system is built on “personal responsibility”, the idea where the accumulation of things is good. Which, as an American capitalist, I agree with to a degree. I want a nice house, a nice car, fancy cheese […]

God Loves You and I Apologize If Christians Told You Differently

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National Coming Out Day A public apology to all members of the GLBTQ community: I want to apologize and make you a promise. Although some people will say it is silly for one person to apologize for an entire community, I disagree. I think if you are a part of […]

In Defense of Heartland Alliance

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In Defense of Heartland Alliance  by ShaRhonda Knott Dawson Our immigration system is a hot mess.  This is not news. However, recently, we have transitioned our hot mess of an immigration system, to flaming dookie shit storm.  This shit storm is brought to us, by President Shithead, Donald Trump, who […]

Feminism and Racism: White Women, Race, and Work.

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White women’s role in racism is beginning to get the attention, study, and correct analysis, to honestly tell the story of American racism. People are outlining the role of White women in housing segregation, support of racist politicians and policies, verbally, financially, and physically. I would like to add to […]

My Ancestors Were African Rice Farmers Who Were Enslaved to Produced Rice In America.

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One of my dreams as a child was to know what part of Africa my family was from. I grew up in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, which was full of immigrants and ethnic Whites who had strong ties to their “homelands.” I am proud of my Arkansas heritage, but that’s not […]