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 […]

Feminism and Racism: White Women, Race, and Work.

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White women’s role in racism is beginning to get the attention, study, and correct analysis, to honestly tell the story of American racism. People are outlining the role of White women in housing segregation, support of racist politicians and policies, verbally, financially, and physically. I would like to add to […]

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 […]