Shopping while Black: Walgreen’s edition

By Samuel James | December 2, 2019 | 2 Comments

Did you know that back in 2007 the U.S. government sued Walgreens for racism? It’s true! Nationally spread, racially discriminatory hiring practices, to be precise. Do you know how racist you have to be for the U.S. government to sue you for racism? We’ll probably never know the answer to that question because Walgreens settled … Read more

This is a business and a mission, not a performance

By Shay | November 29, 2019 | 4 Comments

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

Pete Buttigieg’s appeal is very much tied to race

By Samuel James | November 25, 2019 | 9 Comments

“I welcome the challenge of connecting with black voters in America who don’t yet know me—and before I share what’s in my plans, let me talk about what’s in my heart and why this is so important. As mayor of a city that is racially diverse and largely low-income, for eight years, I have lived … Read more

Crying over spilled water? It’s more than that when it comes to interracial interactions

By Heather Denkmire | November 23, 2019 | 5 Comments

Last May, I attended an event called “Telling the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations.” At this event, Shay Stewart-Bouley (our own “Black Girl In Maine”) and a white author named Debby Irving modeled for the audience what it is like to discuss issues related to race across racial lines. The weekend before this … Read more

Appealing to the middle hurts almost everyone but the right

By Shay | November 20, 2019

I’m certainly the kind of person who will point to the presidency of Barack Obama with some amount of pride, if only because he got as much done as he did with a GOP-controlled Congress for much of his time in office and their reluctance to let a Black man achieve anything in the Oval … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 39: Maybe civility should die

By Average White Guy | November 17, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 39 (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: Civility’s just another way of saying: “Whoa there, let’s … Read more

The technological side of racism

By Samuel James | November 11, 2019

The other day I got a notification on my phone. A friend whom I haven’t seen in far too long posted a picture and Facebook thought that I might be in it. I got nostalgically excited trying to imagine what the photo might be. Was it that time I went to visit her and her … Read more

Progress in the polls for people of color

By Shay | November 8, 2019

Y’all I am going through what legitimately might be the single worst period of my life with a heartbreaking and exhausting family health crisis, so I need to catch some joy and light where I can. And at least one small bit of light I was able to snatch this week in an off-year election … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 38: Ripping off the masks

By Average White Guy | October 31, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 38 (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: In this season of wearing costumes, let’s start aiming … Read more

Real lynchings and the worst face of whiteness

By Samuel James | October 29, 2019

When the president likened his impending impeachment to a lynching, several things exploded in my brain. The first explosion was that he has to be trying to distract us from his impending impeachment. The problem there is that he’s a racist and racism is not a distraction. It’s another separate, very real and all too … Read more

Shopping while Black: Walgreen’s edition

By Samuel James | December 2, 2019 | 2 Comments

Did you know that back in 2007 the U.S. government sued Walgreens for racism? It’s true! Nationally spread, racially discriminatory hiring practices, to be precise. Do you know how racist you have to be for the U.S. government to sue you for racism? We’ll probably never know the answer to that question because Walgreens settled out of court for $20 million to keep anyone from ever finding out. You’d think Walgreens would’ve learned their lesson from that, but no. They just keep on keeping on. Last year there were multiple cases of Walgreens racially profiling customers including one particular case in which they actually used their motion sensors to harass a Black Netflix comedy writer. So far this year Walgreens has been called out for racially profiling a Black school board president and they’ve been named in a lawsuit over the shooting death of a Black man named Jonathan Hart by a security guard at a Walgreens. Over this past summer the Rite Aid closest to my apartment became a Walgreens. They mostly kept the...

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Shopping while Black: Walgreen’s edition

By Samuel James | December 2, 2019 | 2 Comments

Did you know that back in 2007 the U.S. government sued Walgreens for racism? It’s true! Nationally spread, racially discriminatory hiring practices, to be precise. Do you know how racist you have to be for the U.S. government to sue you for racism? We’ll probably never know the answer to that question because Walgreens settled out of court for $20 million to keep anyone from ever finding out. You’d think Walgreens would’ve learned their lesson from that, but no. They just keep on keeping on. Last year there were multiple cases of Walgreens racially profiling customers including one particular case in which they actually used their motion sensors to harass a Black Netflix comedy writer. So far this year Walgreens has been called out for racially profiling a Black school board president and they’ve been named in a lawsuit over the shooting death of a Black man named Jonathan Hart by a security guard at a Walgreens. Over this past summer the Rite Aid closest to my apartment became a Walgreens. They mostly kept the … Read more

Appealing to the middle hurts almost everyone but the right

By Shay | November 20, 2019

I’m certainly the kind of person who will point to the presidency of Barack Obama with some amount of pride, if only because he got as much done as he did with a GOP-controlled Congress for much of his time in office and their reluctance to let a Black man achieve anything in the Oval … Read more

Progress in the polls for people of color

By Shay | November 8, 2019

Y’all I am going through what legitimately might be the single worst period of my life with a heartbreaking and exhausting family health crisis, so I need to catch some joy and light where I can. And at least one small bit of light I was able to snatch this week in an off-year election … Read more

The prince of hurt

By Moises Nunez | October 21, 2019

I never meant to cause you any sorrow I never meant to cause you any pain…. Prince, “Purple Rain” Recently, Donald Trump—despite being asked not to do so—played Prince’s “Purple Rain” at a Minnesota rally. Prince’s estate immediately sent yet another cease-and-desist request. On Oct. 15, 2018, Trump said he would not play the song … Read more

Crying over spilled water? It’s more than that when it comes to interracial interactions

By Heather Denkmire | November 23, 2019

Last May, I attended an event called “Telling the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations.” At this event, Shay Stewart-Bouley (our own “Black Girl In Maine”) and a white author named Debby Irving modeled for the audience what it is like to discuss issues related to race across racial lines. The weekend before this … Read more

The technological side of racism

By Samuel James | November 11, 2019

The other day I got a notification on my phone. A friend whom I haven’t seen in far too long posted a picture and Facebook thought that I might be in it. I got nostalgically excited trying to imagine what the photo might be. Was it that time I went to visit her and her … Read more

Real lynchings and the worst face of whiteness

By Samuel James | October 29, 2019

When the president likened his impending impeachment to a lynching, several things exploded in my brain. The first explosion was that he has to be trying to distract us from his impending impeachment. The problem there is that he’s a racist and racism is not a distraction. It’s another separate, very real and all too … Read more

Crying over spilled water? It’s more than that when it comes to interracial interactions

By Heather Denkmire | November 23, 2019

Last May, I attended an event called “Telling the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations.” At this event, Shay Stewart-Bouley (our own “Black Girl In Maine”) and a white author named Debby Irving modeled for the audience what it is like to discuss issues related to race across racial lines. The weekend before this … Read more

Bringing my ‘day job’ work to Northern New England: Join us!

By Shay | August 25, 2019

In the five-plus years, since I became executive director of Community Change Inc. (CCI), I have had readers ask if I would consider bringing some of our programming north of Boston. Because, while our training and development work is nationally relevant, most of our programming ends up local to the Boston area as our staff … Read more

Being made “not to belong”

By Moises Nunez | July 29, 2019

A couple of years ago, one Saturday night I was called—as I often was—by the security company that monitors my former school. As an administrator, specifically an administrator that lives less than five minutes away, I was the one they called when the alarm went off. It was never anything serious but I responded every … Read more

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