The dark side of speaking to truth

By Shay | October 23, 2019 | 2 Comments

Back in the Stone Age when I started writing about race in 2003, there was little in the way of social media. Obviously, there were discussion boards and Google but back then, people often looked at you oddly when you talked about your online life. There was no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tik Tok. Hell, … Read more

The prince of hurt

By Moises Nunez | October 21, 2019 | 1 Comment

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

What (relatively small) prices have I paid in the name of anti-racism?

By Heather Denkmire | October 19, 2019 | 1 Comment

NOTE FROM BGIM: While much of the content at BGIM Media is definitely for the education and mobilization of white people to fight racism, I have tended to reserve the space for “feelings” primarily for Black and other people of color. There is a need for safe spaces for white people to “work out their … Read more

Niceness isn’t the look in this kind of work

By Shay | October 12, 2019 | 1 Comment

Despite the clear chorus of voices in recent years—including yours truly—being quite clear that racism is intentional and systemic in nature, I’m not sure the message has gotten through much. Too many people fall back into believing one of the greatest scams of white supremacy and the system of whiteness—that somehow niceness is a key … Read more

Forgiveness is expected (even required) from Black people

By Samuel James | October 7, 2019

When I saw Brandt Jean hug his brother’s killer I felt my face get hot. Rage. Pure. I was in an airport, and since I couldn’t react with the volume I normally would have at home, I just sat with it. Silently. I forced myself to examine my rage. Admittedly, I found that some of … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 37: No more excuses

By Average White Guy | September 30, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 37 (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: Stop looking for “excuses” for racist outbursts   [To … Read more

The two Dave Chappelles

By Samuel James | September 25, 2019

Cancel culture isn’t real. There are no victims. Nobody is actually getting canceled. Sure, people might say, “you’re canceled,” but what is actually happening to these so-called victims? Nothing. Insofar as I can tell, only one dude even got fired and he actually got his job back. What is happening is that the internet has … Read more

Will you support the work?

By Shay | September 20, 2019

Dear Readers, In the past year, I have written a handful of posts explaining the mission of the blog and why financial support from readers is critical to our mission.   BGIM Media’s goal is twofold. First, to serve as a space for Black people and other POC living in primarily white spaces to have … Read more

How do we really break the patterns?

By Heather Denkmire | September 16, 2019

[An evergreen reminder: I am a white woman writing about racism so I might share with other white people what I learn—mostly what I learn from people of color—so we can all work toward societal transformation and liberation.] In the car this morning, my 10-year-old and I started listening to NPR’s podcast, “Code Switch: Race … Read more

We Black people shall use the N-word as we please, thank you very much

By Shay | September 12, 2019

There are few things that white people in general seem to like as much as policing the actions, behaviors and speech of Black people. Be Black and have a BBQ in the park…or take a nap in the common area of the university you attend…or try to enter your own apartment complex…or swim in a … Read more

The dark side of speaking to truth

By Shay | October 23, 2019 | 2 Comments

Back in the Stone Age when I started writing about race in 2003, there was little in the way of social media. Obviously, there were discussion boards and Google but back then, people often looked at you oddly when you talked about your online life. There was no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tik Tok. Hell, a lot of people were feeling pretty pumped about the launch of Myspace.  While there were writers writing on blogs, it was still a fairly brave new world. The average person had no idea what the heck a blog even was.  I got my start writing for local Maine publications where, back in 2003, more people than not read a physical copy of the paper and if they disagreed with you and were passionate about it, they generally had to write a letter to the editor, get a stamp and an envelope and mail it to the paper.  I received my first threatening letter several months after the debut of my column in the Portland Phoenix. It was disturbing enough...

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The dark side of speaking to truth

By Shay | October 23, 2019 | 2 Comments

Back in the Stone Age when I started writing about race in 2003, there was little in the way of social media. Obviously, there were discussion boards and Google but back then, people often looked at you oddly when you talked about your online life. There was no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tik Tok. Hell, a lot of people were feeling pretty pumped about the launch of Myspace.  While there were writers writing on blogs, it was still a fairly brave new world. The average person had no idea what the heck a blog even was.  I got my start writing for local Maine publications where, back in 2003, more people than not read a physical copy of the paper and if they disagreed with you and were passionate about it, they generally had to write a letter to the editor, get a stamp and an envelope and mail it to the paper.  I received my first threatening letter several months after the debut of my column in the Portland Phoenix. It was disturbing enough … Read more

Forgiveness is expected (even required) from Black people

By Samuel James | October 7, 2019

When I saw Brandt Jean hug his brother’s killer I felt my face get hot. Rage. Pure. I was in an airport, and since I couldn’t react with the volume I normally would have at home, I just sat with it. Silently. I forced myself to examine my rage. Admittedly, I found that some of … Read more

The two Dave Chappelles

By Samuel James | September 25, 2019

Cancel culture isn’t real. There are no victims. Nobody is actually getting canceled. Sure, people might say, “you’re canceled,” but what is actually happening to these so-called victims? Nothing. Insofar as I can tell, only one dude even got fired and he actually got his job back. What is happening is that the internet has … Read more

Distractions, eh? Really, now

By Samuel James | September 5, 2019

One more word about distractions… Trump will do something racist and then push through some kind of backdoor policy. The standard reaction to this is, “Don’t pay attention to the stuff he says!” Fuck. That. First of all, the idea that the best thing to do would be to ignore the most powerful man in … Read more

What (relatively small) prices have I paid in the name of anti-racism?

By Heather Denkmire | October 19, 2019

NOTE FROM BGIM: While much of the content at BGIM Media is definitely for the education and mobilization of white people to fight racism, I have tended to reserve the space for “feelings” primarily for Black and other people of color. There is a need for safe spaces for white people to “work out their … Read more

Niceness isn’t the look in this kind of work

By Shay | October 12, 2019

Despite the clear chorus of voices in recent years—including yours truly—being quite clear that racism is intentional and systemic in nature, I’m not sure the message has gotten through much. Too many people fall back into believing one of the greatest scams of white supremacy and the system of whiteness—that somehow niceness is a key … Read more

Forgiveness is expected (even required) from Black people

By Samuel James | October 7, 2019

When I saw Brandt Jean hug his brother’s killer I felt my face get hot. Rage. Pure. I was in an airport, and since I couldn’t react with the volume I normally would have at home, I just sat with it. Silently. I forced myself to examine my rage. Admittedly, I found that some of … 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

Raising kids of color in very white places

By Shay | May 21, 2019

For the last several years of my marriage, while we never doubted  that there was love between us, we were uncomfortably aware that there was something deeply amiss in our relationship. We spent our last few years together doing everything in our power to keep the relationship going until it became painfully obvious that love … Read more

Actions I take (as a white woman) to help dismantle white supremacy

By Heather Denkmire | April 12, 2019

[An evergreen reminder: I am a white woman writing about racism so I might share with other white people what I learn—mostly what I learn from people of color—so we can all work toward societal transformation, liberation.] “What actions do we take to help dismantle white supremacy?” I asked my nearly-10-year-old to help me brainstorm … Read more

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