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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]