The Ouroboros that is racial (and religious) dog whistles

By Samuel James | July 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 8 Comments

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

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

The democracy is dead but it can be resuscitated

By Samuel James | June 20, 2019

I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that we are no longer a democracy. And no, this isn’t some kind of cute, semantic quibble about how we’re actually a republic or whatever. I mean the systems by which the United States government represents its citizens are no longer functioning. Our current … Read more

African American Vernacular English: Different but equal

By Alexandria Bennett | June 14, 2019

I’ve been lauded for my speaking abilities since I was a child. I delivered a commencement speech at a local school when I was just in the 8th grade. I may have been in more speech competitions than I can actually remember, but I know that I’ve never lost one. Mastery of Standard American English … Read more

The Ouroboros that is racial (and religious) dog whistles

By Samuel James | July 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

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, Islam. They called him a secret Muslim so much that republican candidates still thought it was a good strategy as recently as last year’s midterms. Now, calling Obama a Muslim did a few things. First, it singled out his race, sounding the alarm that he was not white, because we think of Islam as exclusively non-white in this country. Secondly, it declared him an enemy of America, a story we have consistently told ourselves about Muslims in this country for nearly 30 years. Lastly, in doing those two things, they doubled-down on the idea that to be non-white in this country is to be an enemy of the state as well as an enemy of the (white) people. If we...

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The Ouroboros that is racial (and religious) dog whistles

By Samuel James | July 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

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, Islam. They called him a secret Muslim so much that republican candidates still thought it was a good strategy as recently as last year’s midterms. Now, calling Obama a Muslim did a few things. First, it singled out his race, sounding the alarm that he was not white, because we think of Islam as exclusively non-white in this country. Secondly, it declared him an enemy of America, a story we have consistently told ourselves about Muslims in this country for nearly 30 years. Lastly, in doing those two things, they doubled-down on the idea that to be non-white in this country is to be an enemy of the state as well as an enemy of the (white) people. If we … 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

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

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

After the turning point, Part 1

By Heather Denkmire | March 8, 2019

Losing a friend because I was steeped in white supremacy (and didn’t even see it) was the beginning of my turning point in racial justice work; she showed me that my “writing for white people” in a newspaper, however good my intentions were, had the impact of harming people of color. Without realizing it, I … Read more

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