We white liberals need to face our internalized racism

By Heather Denkmire | August 20, 2019 | 2 Comments

As a white liberal/progressive, my racism is complicated. Everything in my background has always been about being not-racist. I’ve asked former high school classmates if they remember ever hearing the N-word or overtly racist things, and as far as anyone can remember, we didn’t. I certainly never heard such things in my family. Our cultural … Read more

Guns and white supremacy: Regulating one won’t end the other

By Samuel James | August 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Right quick: If you are looking to end white supremacy, regulating guns is not the answer. Yes, obviously, guns should be highly regulated, but white supremacy is not contingent on the legality of guns. If you could go back in time and erase guns from this country’s history, Black Wall Street would still be gone. … Read more

From ‘Where are you from’ to ‘Go back where you came from’

By Shay | August 11, 2019 | 4 Comments

White America has always been very good about telling people they don’t belong, since before there was even a United States of America. Let’s face it: This country started with colonists and then expansionists telling the Indigenous People who had been here for millennia forming societies and mastering agriculture and art and more that they … 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

The Ouroboros that is racial (and religious) dog whistles

By Samuel James | July 21, 2019

Do you wonder why Obama hasn’t endorsed Biden yet? Before I answer that, lemme lay some groundwork… As you probably remember, most of the racist attacks against President Obama weren’t directly attacks on his skin color. Racists are too milquetoast to do that. A good portion of that racism was aimed at Obama’s supposed religion, … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 36: Media is complicit in white supremacy

By Average White Guy | July 18, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 36 (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: The media help prop up white supremacy and racist … Read more

An incident became a story no one needed…and one that harms me

By Shay | July 15, 2019

Over the years, as this site and thus my profile have grown, I have often had to decide if the racial incidents and microaggressions that are a routine part of “living white Black” are worth writing about. Whenever I write about a personal racial incident, it invites a certain level of racial animus from white … Read more

The crisis of anti-black racism

By Heather Denkmire | July 8, 2019

People in the city where I live (Portland, Maine) have been rising to the occasion as a welcoming community for approximately 300 asylum seekers mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola who have arrived here in just the last few weeks. Some local folks even organized a picnic on the Fourth of July. … Read more

July 4th isn’t really the jam for Black folks

By Shay | July 3, 2019

I saw a tweet recently that went something like, “We Black people celebrate the BBQ, the fireworks and the summer shorts. We don’t celebrate Independence Day.” That isn’t true about all Black people but it’s pretty prevalent and, for the record, it isn’t about hating the country or being anti-American. Because, for better or worse, … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 35: Why exactly are you sharing that video or picture?

By Average White Guy | June 29, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 35 (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: We need to examine why we share pictures of … Read more

We white liberals need to face our internalized racism

By Heather Denkmire | August 20, 2019 | 2 Comments

As a white liberal/progressive, my racism is complicated. Everything in my background has always been about being not-racist. I’ve asked former high school classmates if they remember ever hearing the N-word or overtly racist things, and as far as anyone can remember, we didn’t. I certainly never heard such things in my family. Our cultural norms were built on the certainty that racism was bad, racists were bad, and we were not going to be racist. In hindsight, I suspect I probably did come across overtly racist talk in social settings but I imagine I would’ve felt so uncomfortable that I would’ve wanted to ignore it. My racism was passive and has required intense denial. Mostly, though, I think it’s likely that hearing overtly racist talk among my white peers from my childhood into my adult years was very rare. Part of that was probably that in my circles (especially my family), we spent time actively trying to assist in social justice work. My father’s church in the 1980s was in Hartford, Conn., in a...

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We white liberals need to face our internalized racism

By Heather Denkmire | August 20, 2019 | 2 Comments

As a white liberal/progressive, my racism is complicated. Everything in my background has always been about being not-racist. I’ve asked former high school classmates if they remember ever hearing the N-word or overtly racist things, and as far as anyone can remember, we didn’t. I certainly never heard such things in my family. Our cultural norms were built on the certainty that racism was bad, racists were bad, and we were not going to be racist. In hindsight, I suspect I probably did come across overtly racist talk in social settings but I imagine I would’ve felt so uncomfortable that I would’ve wanted to ignore it. My racism was passive and has required intense denial. Mostly, though, I think it’s likely that hearing overtly racist talk among my white peers from my childhood into my adult years was very rare. Part of that was probably that in my circles (especially my family), we spent time actively trying to assist in social justice work. My father’s church in the 1980s was in Hartford, Conn., in a … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 36: Media is complicit in white supremacy

By Average White Guy | July 18, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 36 (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: The media help prop up white supremacy and racist … Read more

Will we settle for Trump’s world or fight for a more wonderful one?

By Moises Nunez | June 25, 2019

“If you can believe it, Abraham Lincoln was treated supposedly very badly. But nobody’s been treated badly like me.” – Donald Trump (ABC NEWS, 2019) “Life doesn’t work that way.” – Donald Trump (ABC NEWS, 2019) “These white folk have newspapers, magazines, radios, spokesmen to get their ideas across. If they want to tell the … Read more

Reparations are required; anything less is an insult

By Shay | June 21, 2019

Even the people who say they are progressive or liberal often become way less open-minded the second a Black person says anything with the word “reparations” in it. It’s always “how would we know who really deserves reparations?” or “how could we make that work logistically” or “but my family didn’t own slaves” or “slavery … Read more

Guns and white supremacy: Regulating one won’t end the other

By Samuel James | August 12, 2019

Right quick: If you are looking to end white supremacy, regulating guns is not the answer. Yes, obviously, guns should be highly regulated, but white supremacy is not contingent on the legality of guns. If you could go back in time and erase guns from this country’s history, Black Wall Street would still be gone. … Read more

From ‘Where are you from’ to ‘Go back where you came from’

By Shay | August 11, 2019

White America has always been very good about telling people they don’t belong, since before there was even a United States of America. Let’s face it: This country started with colonists and then expansionists telling the Indigenous People who had been here for millennia forming societies and mastering agriculture and art and more that they … 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

Calling All White People, Part 33: Racism isn’t the white person’s call

By Average White Guy | April 4, 2019

(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: Sorry, but white people don’t get to define what is racist   [To find other … Read more

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