Appealing to the middle hurts almost everyone but the right

By Shay | November 20, 2019 | 1 Comment

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 | 1 Comment

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 | 0 Comments

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

The dark side of speaking to truth

By Shay | October 23, 2019

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

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

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

Appealing to the middle hurts almost everyone but the right

By Shay | November 20, 2019 | 1 Comment

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 Office. Also the fact that two terms yielded no real scandals related to the Obamas—and certainly no crimes—except for things like the horrific “taking off his tie during the workday” and “putting his feet on the desk” and “the infamous tan suit” situations. A lot of white people really needed fainting couches for those terrible faux pas that were so much worse than shady deals with the Contras or starting wars in the Middle East that weren’t necessary except to help U.S. businesses or gutting environmental, educational and civil rights regulations and laws or anything else that past presidents, especially Republican ones, have done. At the same time, I’ve often side-eyed President Obama and Michelle Obama for too often not...

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Appealing to the middle hurts almost everyone but the right

By Shay | November 20, 2019 | 1 Comment

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 Office. Also the fact that two terms yielded no real scandals related to the Obamas—and certainly no crimes—except for things like the horrific “taking off his tie during the workday” and “putting his feet on the desk” and “the infamous tan suit” situations. A lot of white people really needed fainting couches for those terrible faux pas that were so much worse than shady deals with the Contras or starting wars in the Middle East that weren’t necessary except to help U.S. businesses or gutting environmental, educational and civil rights regulations and laws or anything else that past presidents, especially Republican ones, have done. At the same time, I’ve often side-eyed President Obama and Michelle Obama for too often not … 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

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

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

The dark side of speaking to truth

By Shay | October 23, 2019

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

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

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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