Learning from others’ history, and our own…or not

By Samuel James | January 18, 2020 | 1 Comment

Back in early 1980s England the coal industry was fundamental. And if you lived rurally and got a job in a coal mine, you were pretty much set for life. Of course, the dangers of that job could’ve meant for a very short life, but the job paid well and the unions looked out for … Read more

Let’s go deeper: How to work with me

By Shay | January 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just my semi-annual PSA that my anti-racism work extends far beyond this site. In addition to serving as the executive director of one of the longest continuously running anti-racism organizations in the country, I also offer other services for deepening your anti-racism praxis.  This past fall, I started offering anti-racism coaching sessions. This is a … Read more

I’m tired of white women writing about racism

By Heather Denkmire | January 13, 2020 | 2 Comments

The research has been done. We know the facts. We know that the social construct called “whiteness” was created to make sure that the richest white men stayed rich and got richer and the rest of us would be beat down by their greed. We know that living in a brown-skinned body in the United … Read more

Standing in solidarity globally

By Shay | January 5, 2020

As a Black woman and anti-racist, the news of the assassination, murder, killing or whatever we are calling it of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani at the behest of our very own Donald Trump has landed rather harshly with me. By no accounts was Soleimani a good guy. From everything that I have read, an … Read more

Be we resolved for 2021…looking beyond the new year

By Samuel James | December 31, 2019

Let’s start with a pretty uncomfortable likelihood: 2021 will likely be a complete catastrophe. No matter the outcome of the impeachment trial or the election, the president won’t step down. This is true, obviously if he wins, but also if he loses. He’ll never accept the results. He’s said as much from the beginning. Honestly, … Read more

The audacity of whiteness, or How I was trying to mind my own business

By Shay | December 28, 2019

Despite my years now as an anti-racism writer/speaker and non-profit director, the moments when I encounter casual racism can still at times take my breath away. While I prefer to look more deeply at systemic racism and how we can move the needle on inequity, the reality is that systems are made up of people. … Read more

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

By Average White Guy | December 15, 2019

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

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

Learning from others’ history, and our own…or not

By Samuel James | January 18, 2020 | 1 Comment

Back in early 1980s England the coal industry was fundamental. And if you lived rurally and got a job in a coal mine, you were pretty much set for life. Of course, the dangers of that job could’ve meant for a very short life, but the job paid well and the unions looked out for you. Naturally, the conservative government hated that and tried to take power away from the unions. The unions hated that and so they went on strike. For a year. Basically, the unions were like, “You want to reduce our power? OK. How about we shut down the entire bloody industry?” But then Margaret Thatcher, prime minister at the time, was like, “Oh, you want to shut down the entire British coal industry? Fine. Fuck you forever.” She then proceeded to let the entire industry die. And just like that all of those economically secure jobs for life were gone. As time passed those high-paying, secure jobs were replaced with low-paying bullshit jobs without any security at all. And of course,...

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Learning from others’ history, and our own…or not

By Samuel James | January 18, 2020 | 1 Comment

Back in early 1980s England the coal industry was fundamental. And if you lived rurally and got a job in a coal mine, you were pretty much set for life. Of course, the dangers of that job could’ve meant for a very short life, but the job paid well and the unions looked out for you. Naturally, the conservative government hated that and tried to take power away from the unions. The unions hated that and so they went on strike. For a year. Basically, the unions were like, “You want to reduce our power? OK. How about we shut down the entire bloody industry?” But then Margaret Thatcher, prime minister at the time, was like, “Oh, you want to shut down the entire British coal industry? Fine. Fuck you forever.” She then proceeded to let the entire industry die. And just like that all of those economically secure jobs for life were gone. As time passed those high-paying, secure jobs were replaced with low-paying bullshit jobs without any security at all. And of course, … Read more

Standing in solidarity globally

By Shay | January 5, 2020

As a Black woman and anti-racist, the news of the assassination, murder, killing or whatever we are calling it of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani at the behest of our very own Donald Trump has landed rather harshly with me. By no accounts was Soleimani a good guy. From everything that I have read, an … Read more

Be we resolved for 2021…looking beyond the new year

By Samuel James | December 31, 2019

Let’s start with a pretty uncomfortable likelihood: 2021 will likely be a complete catastrophe. No matter the outcome of the impeachment trial or the election, the president won’t step down. This is true, obviously if he wins, but also if he loses. He’ll never accept the results. He’s said as much from the beginning. Honestly, … 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

Let’s go deeper: How to work with me

By Shay | January 16, 2020

Just my semi-annual PSA that my anti-racism work extends far beyond this site. In addition to serving as the executive director of one of the longest continuously running anti-racism organizations in the country, I also offer other services for deepening your anti-racism praxis.  This past fall, I started offering anti-racism coaching sessions. This is a … Read more

Standing in solidarity globally

By Shay | January 5, 2020

As a Black woman and anti-racist, the news of the assassination, murder, killing or whatever we are calling it of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani at the behest of our very own Donald Trump has landed rather harshly with me. By no accounts was Soleimani a good guy. From everything that I have read, an … Read more

The audacity of whiteness, or How I was trying to mind my own business

By Shay | December 28, 2019

Despite my years now as an anti-racism writer/speaker and non-profit director, the moments when I encounter casual racism can still at times take my breath away. While I prefer to look more deeply at systemic racism and how we can move the needle on inequity, the reality is that systems are made up of people. … Read more

The audacity of whiteness, or How I was trying to mind my own business

By Shay | December 28, 2019

Despite my years now as an anti-racism writer/speaker and non-profit director, the moments when I encounter casual racism can still at times take my breath away. While I prefer to look more deeply at systemic racism and how we can move the needle on inequity, the reality is that systems are made up of people. … Read more

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

By Average White Guy | December 15, 2019

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

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

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