So-called expediency might doom us all this election

By Shay | February 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The world and the nation has watched in horror as Donald J. Trump has taken the United States down an increasingly isolationist path complete with healthy servings of racism and xenophobia. His disregard for the rule of law and his authoritarian nature—and that lack of repercussions for either—have made it clear that our nation’s system … Read more

Reaching for racists before Black people is a bad look

By Samuel James | February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

You don’t have to take a population’s rights away in order to suppress them. You can just nullify the rights. We’ve been doing it in this country a long time. For instance, Black peoples’ right to vote is on the books, but literacy tests, poll taxes and gerrymandering are all tactics used to nullify that … Read more

‘Wokeness’ fails from a lack of commitment…including funding POC candidates

By Shay | February 9, 2020 | 2 Comments

We are currently living in the era of “wokeness” where buzzwords such as equity, diversity and inclusion easily roll off the tongue. For the more “radical” amongst us, it’s anti-racism, white supremacy and racial justice.  Social media feeds us a daily diet of change language and sound bites, yet when one digs deeper, it’s not … Read more

Trump: You get a car…and you get a car…the rest of you will get nothing

By Shay | February 5, 2020

In his state of the union address (SOTU) on Tuesday night, Donald Trump turned it into a reality show/campaign speech and channeled Oprah Winfrey to give out “prizes” to Black people in a craven and calculated attempt to get more of the Black vote. He really did that ish. He really did. It’s basically, “You … Read more

New travel ban tips us off: Trump is coming for all brown people, even citizens

By Shay | February 2, 2020

I know that I often say I prefer my racists be up front and honest and direct about it so I know what they’re about and don’t have to mess around with pretense, but Donald Trump is something else. He’s a whole new level of blatant that might make me long for more passive-aggressive presidential … Read more

That which divides us: Could it be…um…racism?

By Samuel James | January 29, 2020

The impeachment is so frustrating. It’s a foregone conclusion that the Republicans in the Senate will acquit the president. Watching the Democrats stride toward the Pyrrhic victory of leaving a mark of shame on a shameless man makes my face hot. But the thing that personally frustrates me the most is the daily stream of … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 41: The ‘lesson’ of Lucy and Charlie Brown

By Average White Guy | January 25, 2020

Calling All White People, Part 41 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: Fool me once…twice…shame on you   [To find other … Read more

Learning from others’ history, and our own…or not

By Samuel James | January 18, 2020

Back in early 1980s England the coal industry was fundamental. And if you lived rurally and got a job in a coal mine, you were pretty much set for life. Of course, the dangers of that job could’ve meant for a very short life, but the job paid well and the unions looked out for … Read more

Let’s go deeper: How to work with me

By Shay | January 16, 2020

Just my semi-annual PSA that my anti-racism work extends far beyond this site. In addition to serving as the executive director of one of the longest continuously running anti-racism organizations in the country, I also offer other services for deepening your anti-racism praxis.  This past fall, I started offering anti-racism coaching sessions. This is a … Read more

I’m tired of white women writing about racism

By Heather Denkmire | January 13, 2020

The research has been done. We know the facts. We know that the social construct called “whiteness” was created to make sure that the richest white men stayed rich and got richer and the rest of us would be beat down by their greed. We know that living in a brown-skinned body in the United … Read more

So-called expediency might doom us all this election

By Shay | February 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The world and the nation has watched in horror as Donald J. Trump has taken the United States down an increasingly isolationist path complete with healthy servings of racism and xenophobia. His disregard for the rule of law and his authoritarian nature—and that lack of repercussions for either—have made it clear that our nation’s system of checks and balances are broken. Despite his bumbling buffoon act, Trump has remade the federal judiciary with one in every four circuit court judges being a Trump nominee and two of his picks sitting on the Supreme Court. To be honest, his presidency has been almost a complete victory for the right. In less than four years, he has reshaped the country and held a mirror to our faces and what many of us are seeing is not pretty.  In many ways, life in America has become a real-time version of the 2006 film Idiocracy.  Which is why, as we enter presidential primary season 2020, the stakes are feeling higher than ever. Can the republic be saved? Or should...

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So-called expediency might doom us all this election

By Shay | February 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The world and the nation has watched in horror as Donald J. Trump has taken the United States down an increasingly isolationist path complete with healthy servings of racism and xenophobia. His disregard for the rule of law and his authoritarian nature—and that lack of repercussions for either—have made it clear that our nation’s system of checks and balances are broken. Despite his bumbling buffoon act, Trump has remade the federal judiciary with one in every four circuit court judges being a Trump nominee and two of his picks sitting on the Supreme Court. To be honest, his presidency has been almost a complete victory for the right. In less than four years, he has reshaped the country and held a mirror to our faces and what many of us are seeing is not pretty.  In many ways, life in America has become a real-time version of the 2006 film Idiocracy.  Which is why, as we enter presidential primary season 2020, the stakes are feeling higher than ever. Can the republic be saved? Or should … Read more

Reaching for racists before Black people is a bad look

By Samuel James | February 11, 2020

You don’t have to take a population’s rights away in order to suppress them. You can just nullify the rights. We’ve been doing it in this country a long time. For instance, Black peoples’ right to vote is on the books, but literacy tests, poll taxes and gerrymandering are all tactics used to nullify that … Read more

Trump: You get a car…and you get a car…the rest of you will get nothing

By Shay | February 5, 2020

In his state of the union address (SOTU) on Tuesday night, Donald Trump turned it into a reality show/campaign speech and channeled Oprah Winfrey to give out “prizes” to Black people in a craven and calculated attempt to get more of the Black vote. He really did that ish. He really did. It’s basically, “You … Read more

New travel ban tips us off: Trump is coming for all brown people, even citizens

By Shay | February 2, 2020

I know that I often say I prefer my racists be up front and honest and direct about it so I know what they’re about and don’t have to mess around with pretense, but Donald Trump is something else. He’s a whole new level of blatant that might make me long for more passive-aggressive presidential … Read more

New travel ban tips us off: Trump is coming for all brown people, even citizens

By Shay | February 2, 2020

I know that I often say I prefer my racists be up front and honest and direct about it so I know what they’re about and don’t have to mess around with pretense, but Donald Trump is something else. He’s a whole new level of blatant that might make me long for more passive-aggressive presidential … Read more

That which divides us: Could it be…um…racism?

By Samuel James | January 29, 2020

The impeachment is so frustrating. It’s a foregone conclusion that the Republicans in the Senate will acquit the president. Watching the Democrats stride toward the Pyrrhic victory of leaving a mark of shame on a shameless man makes my face hot. But the thing that personally frustrates me the most is the daily stream of … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 41: The ‘lesson’ of Lucy and Charlie Brown

By Average White Guy | January 25, 2020

Calling All White People, Part 41 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: Fool me once…twice…shame on you   [To find other … Read more

The audacity of whiteness, or How I was trying to mind my own business

By Shay | December 28, 2019

Despite my years now as an anti-racism writer/speaker and non-profit director, the moments when I encounter casual racism can still at times take my breath away. While I prefer to look more deeply at systemic racism and how we can move the needle on inequity, the reality is that systems are made up of people. … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 40: Goodbye, ally…Breaking up is sometimes necessary

By Average White Guy | December 15, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 40 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: It’s not you, it’s me…wait, no…it’s you   [To … Read more

This is a business and a mission, not a performance

By Shay | November 29, 2019

I am a professional. I am a small business owner. And I am a human being. Why do I feel like I need to say these things? Because of a comment sent to the previous post here at the BGIM Media site, which literally had nothing to do with the actual piece written by Samuel … Read more

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