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 […]

Confession: I’m a Faux Ally To The Transgender Community

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Yesterday, Dejanay Stanton, a Black trans woman was killed in a shooting.  It barely made the news.  Last year, there was an incident when the host of “The Breakfast Club” made bigoted commentary and controversial comments about transgender women.  I, like the rest of Black America who regularly listens to “The […]

White Women, Racism, Lies, and #MeToo

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*This piece was inspired by the Aziz Ansari’s sexual assault allegation a few months back.  “White Women’s fear of Black men and men of color as dangerous is often wrong” and that is the danger of “Grace’s” allegation against Aziz Ansari. *“Grace” is completely anonymous and we have no idea of […]

Moving From Saying “I Am Not Racist” to Being “An Anti-Racist”

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“I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.”  James Baldwin I have been thinking, talking, researching, analyzing and living with racism my entire life. There is an abundance of scholarly, anecdotal and lived experiences that define what racism is and what it is not. Most scholars […]

Employers: Please Stop Requiring Anti-Racism and Diversity Training for POC With Their White Bosses and Co-Workers.

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JUNE 19, 2017 SHARHONDA KNOTT DAWSON BLOG I have a new, crazy idea! How about NOT EVER mandating anti-racism trainings for POC (people of color) at work with the White people who have the power to fire them? Yeah, I’ve never seen or heard of a scenario that brought racial […]

My Black History Is Knowing My Mother Africa and Her Descendants Throughout the Diaspora

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This post was inspired by a Nayyirah Waheed poem, “African American II,” from her book “Salt.” In the 1400s, Europeans first arrived to my Mother Africa’s house. My Mother Africa’s house was, and still is, rich and full of treasures like gold, diamonds, copper, aluminum, petroleum and many other resources. People who […]

Racial CrossFit Exercise for Black History Month: Study White Racism

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If you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race. Such an effort would upset the program of the oppressor in Africa and America. Play up before the Negro, then, his crimes and […]

We All Have Blind Spots About Race. Here Are More Racial Crossfit Exercises to Keep You Morally Fit.

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I recently wrote about my White teacher who badmouthed civil rights in 1995. She willfully did not want to let go of White supremacy. There are other White people who want to see a better country, but they have so many blind spots related to race. This led me to […]