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 […]

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. […]

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

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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 […]

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 […]

The Racial Achievement Gap Can’t Be Fixed With a #BlackLivesMatter Sign in Your Yard

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“How can I be sexist? I have a mother, a wife and daughters!” If you’re a woman reading that sentence, you almost certainly won’t have a problem finding the flaw in its all-too-common reasoning. There are plenty of men in the world who love their mothers, wives and daughters while […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’m No Black Revolutionary But After Charlottesville I Want to Be

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This weekend, there was a terrible and very telling incident in Charlottesville, Virginia. While emotions are high and people are scared, to me, this is a moment in which we, Americans, must make key decisions about our legacy. Around middle school, I began to grasp the lies I had been […]