Musings On My Conflicting Feelings Regarding National Juneteenth Celebrations

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All my life, being Black, specifically African American (ADOS), the reality of being enslaved in America and being mistreated after the Civil War, has been my centering narrative about America. It was/is a source of pride to be a “survivor.” That’s my family’s message about being an African-American, it means […]

JUNETEENTH: A BATTLE WIN, IN THE WAR FOR BLACK FREEDOM.

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Juneteenth is a celebration of a HUGE BATTLE WIN in the war for freedom for (ADOS) African Descendents of Slavery and/or African Americans. The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free Black folks. June 19, 1867(?8) didn’t free all Black people. It was a MAJOR battle win in our war for freedom. It […]

Racism PSA: You Have To “Do Something” To Be Anti-Racist

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Racism PSA: You are probably complicit in racism… If you are White, and nothing in your life has changed since George Floyd and/or Breonna Taylor were murdered. If you are relatively unbothered in your daily life. If you are still talking with your racist friends/family and/or supporting racist businesses (yup, […]

Racism in America #LivingWhileBlack #TheOakParkEdition #PomeranianPeggy #TomatoTammy

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Racism in America, and, racism in Oak Park is nothing new. But calling out the racism of White liberals, unapologetically and blatantly, is a newer trend.  For better or worse, most White conservatives own and are unapologetic with their racism. As an anti-racism advocate, my writing creed is, “call racism, […]

Reflections on Shitty Saturday (tm:ShaRhonda)

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Reflections on Shitty Saturday: Saturday of the Holy Week is my favorite day. Weird, right? Well, to me, it best summarizes those of us who struggle with faith and worry. All of Jesus’ follower’s believed he was the Messiah on Friday. Yet, he died. And he was buried behind a […]

PSA: Racial Integration Does Not Eliminate Racism

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The goal of anti-racism work is not racial integration; the purpose of anti-racism work is racial equity. Black people can still be oppressed in integrated schools, neighborhoods, and jobs. The goal of anti-racist work is to undo the tangible harm done by the racist American system. It doesn’t matter if […]

My love for books did NOT come from school; my love of books came despite school!

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I have always loved books, and I was obsessed with fiction for most of my young life.  And not the “good fiction” people who are book obsessed usually name like Tolkien or Mark Twain, I was a “Sweet Valley High” and “Babysitter Club” kid for a long time.  Actually, my […]