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

By Average White Guy | December 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

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

Are you an anti-racist? If not, let’s talk about it

By Shay | December 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

After writing on race for over a decade as well as spending the last five years as executive director of an anti-racism organization, I have a few thoughts on how we could be tackling our race problem. The problem, though, is that dismantling the system of racism requires action—because change is a verb…and most white … Read more

Buttigieg’s mediocrity reveals racism in his supporters

By Heather Denkmire | December 8, 2019 | 2 Comments

There’s a phrase that comes to mind when I consider Pete Buttigieg: “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Of course, the phrase has a complicated history; I don’t mean it in the way it was originally used. When I use it here, I mean that Pete Buttigieg is milquetoast mediocrity and I am confident that … Read more

Shopping while Black: Walgreen’s edition

By Samuel James | December 2, 2019 | 3 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

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

“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

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

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

By Average White Guy | December 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 find other installments of “Calling All White People,” click here] So, now that I’m 40 posts into this “Calling All White People” thing, I seem to have circled around to the beginning, so to speak…not repeating myself precisely, but back to the topic that started it all: allyship. In that first post, I talked about being an ally or an accomplice, but this time the ally theme is a little different. It’s about breaking up—and how it might be necessary for a lot of “allies” and people of color for the sake of those POC (several other marginalized groups would also apply here, but we’ll use white allies of Black people as our focal point since it’s a particularly thorny...

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

By Average White Guy | December 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 find other installments of “Calling All White People,” click here] So, now that I’m 40 posts into this “Calling All White People” thing, I seem to have circled around to the beginning, so to speak…not repeating myself precisely, but back to the topic that started it all: allyship. In that first post, I talked about being an ally or an accomplice, but this time the ally theme is a little different. It’s about breaking up—and how it might be necessary for a lot of “allies” and people of color for the sake of those POC (several other marginalized groups would also apply here, but we’ll use white allies of Black people as our focal point since it’s a particularly thorny … Read more

Pete Buttigieg’s appeal is very much tied to race

By Samuel James | November 25, 2019

“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

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

Are you an anti-racist? If not, let’s talk about it

By Shay | December 11, 2019

After writing on race for over a decade as well as spending the last five years as executive director of an anti-racism organization, I have a few thoughts on how we could be tackling our race problem. The problem, though, is that dismantling the system of racism requires action—because change is a verb…and most white … Read more

Buttigieg’s mediocrity reveals racism in his supporters

By Heather Denkmire | December 8, 2019

There’s a phrase that comes to mind when I consider Pete Buttigieg: “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Of course, the phrase has a complicated history; I don’t mean it in the way it was originally used. When I use it here, I mean that Pete Buttigieg is milquetoast mediocrity and I am confident that … Read more

Shopping while Black: Walgreen’s edition

By Samuel James | December 2, 2019

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

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

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

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