Fighting for Justice Still Kills Black People; White Allies, Do Your Share

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I woke up this morning to two stories dominating my news feed. First, the sudden death of the beloved Black congressman and justice fighter from Baltimore, Elijah Cummings. Second, enthusiastic support for the Chicago Teachers Union strike. I saw the face of their campaign, Stacy Davis Gates, fiercely handling the […]

Cardi B Says It Loud; She Is “Black and Proud!”

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The media is all over Cardi B for making a video with democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders. People who don’t know her are quick to dismiss her as an “uninformed, uneducated Black woman rapper.” But those of us who are Cardi fans know she has always been a history and […]

The Suffragettes Were Not Allies to Black Women, They Were Racist

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This week America celebrated the 99th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passage, which granted women the right to vote. However, like much of American history, the words in our Constitution don’t reflect the reality of what actually happened. THE TRUTH IS THAT THE SUFFRAGETTES WERE RACIST, OPPORTUNISTIC AND THEY SOLD […]

Borders Shouldn’t Keep Refugee Children Out of America, Nor Should They Keep Black and Brown Children Out of Good Schools

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A growing number of people are outraged by our current immigration debacle involving refugees on the southern border of the United States: children in concentration camps and denied basic services, like blankets and soap. Many folks so outraged see inhumanity not only in the treatment of refugees upon arrival, but also […]

Do We Have to Call in the National Guard to Protect the Civil Rights of Students With Disabilities?

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The question must be asked: What do we have to do to get school districts to follow the law and give students who are disabled the services they are legally entitled to receive?   I’ll give you an example. Chicago Public Schools was illegally limiting access to special education services in an […]

A Lesson on the Difference Between Diversity and Anti-Racism (Oak Park Edition)

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As a racial scholar and advocate, with an interest in White liberal northern racism, I’ve been closely following the racial equity “vision statement” conversation  with Oak Park Village Board. First it’s amazing that there is this much struggle over A VISION STATEMENT! It’s just words! There is literally nothing actually […]

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, […]

This Mother’s Day, Fight For Right for Women To Decide to Be Mothers

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The new rule, Republican lawmakers in states like Indiana, Alabama, and Georgia don’t get to say, “Happy Mother’s Day.” These MF’ers are creating laws that hurt, and possibly kill, mothers. So to all the legislators who voted for these new laws, FUUUUUUCCCCCKKKK YOOOOOUUUUUUU! These assholes are seriously pretending to care […]