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 […]

If You Don’t Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I Have Some Bad News For You About Dr. Martin Luther King

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“God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty.”- Dr. King, “Strength to Love”, 1963 Although I’m not a history teacher, I love history and work hard to teach true history to my daughters. One of the hardest […]

I Am Tired: Can White Anti-Racists Allies Do The Work This Holiday Season?

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Happy Thanksgiving and/or Happy Holiday Season! In the spirit of the holidays, I want to ask you a favor.  Let me first confess something to you: I am exhausted. Racism is exhausting! With Nazi signs being painted on garages, racist graffiti at OPRF, and a banana, blackface, Bob-Marley Becky in […]

My Prayers To Protect My Children From Racism:

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Recently, there has been an uptick in racism in my community.  While I have been keenly aware of the dangerous racial rhetoric in our nation that came from the election of President Trump and writing and fighting to stop it, I didn’t think it the direct racism, of MAGA crew, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]