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 […]

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

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To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would run longer than the entire Harry Potter series! My hopes for you, my two beautiful Black girls, are so simple and yet also entirely grandiose. […]

10 Ways to Give Your Child With Special Needs a Head Start

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Since having a child diagnosed with special needs, I’ve learned so much about navigating the special-education process. First thing: the special education system is a hot mess—even for savvier parents, it’s incredibly difficult to navigate. The second thing: Early intervention can make all the difference. To give you a head start, I want […]

This Is What Being a Non-Racist White Person Really Looks Like

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First, let’s get something straight: The current bar for being a “good, non-racist White person” is set way too low. Here’s what it looks like today: Go to an anti-racism training? You’re a good non-racist White person. Acknowledge that you have White privilege and say it to other people? You’re […]

My Teacher Said ‘I Love My Mammy’ and My Principal Thought I Was the One With the Problem

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Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to defend free speech on campuses and criticized the idea of creating safe spaces on campus, protected from hate speech. He argued that classrooms should be places of “robust debate.” To that I say, bring it—bring on honest, fact-based conversations about history, race […]

I Just Couldn’t Trust a Diverse Suburb With My Black Daughter’s Education

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People loosely use the term “good schools and diversity” without looking into it or researching what that means. When you get below the surface, it means achievement for the White kids, but not for everybody else. That’s not good enough for me. Currently, my husband and I live in Broadview, […]