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The Terror of Black American Motherhood

In case you were wondering why I haven’t said as much about Jordan Davis as I did about Trayvon Martin? I can’t formulate anything that isn’t blubbering. My son is 13, 5 ft 7 & just over 100lbs. It’s all I can do to let him out of my house alone. Being the mother of […]

The Terror of Black American Motherhood — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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Black Women, Violence, Or Why is Our Pain Funny to You?

So I asked this question on Twitter, but then I realized I wanted to ask it here too. As all the discussions circulate about domestic violence blackface at Waverly & the bus driver in Cleveland who decided to punch a belligerent female passenger at what point do we talk about why so many are quick […]

Black Women, Violence, Or Why is Our Pain Funny to You? — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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On being a CPS parent & siding with the striking teachers

I’m a graduate of Chicago public schools. So is my husband. We’re old enough to remember the last time there was a strike. Here’s the thing about all the “Kids won’t learn as much” rhetoric. It’s only the second week of school. They aren’t missing a year at this point. It’s one day. And even […]

On being a CPS parent & siding with the striking teachers — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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On Street Harassment, Victim Blaming & Life in My Skin

It’s funny in a horrifying I might start crying kind of way to think about how many times I’ve experienced extreme sexism/misogyny from perfect strangers. I’m always boggled at how willing people are to excuse their behavior & claim I should have been nicer, or that they’re sick and don’t know any better. I remember […]

On Street Harassment, Victim Blaming & Life in My Skin — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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Black in America

 
I could be Rekia Boyd. Easily. I can’t tell you how many warm nights have included me hanging out in the park with friends. Just shooting the shit you know? Have we been loud? Probably. But there’s a reason it was an off duty cop “new to the neighborhood” & not a patrol car.
People who […]

Black in America — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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Life Lessons

Had a conversation with kid #1 (12 years old), about how to handle himself if he’s been stopped by the cops, or someone like Zimmerman. Somewhere in the middle of explaining how to protect his head & neck if a cop decided to kick his ass (happened to my husband when he was 13), and […]

Life Lessons — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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On Police Brutality, Living While Of Color, & Why Brutality At OWS isn’t Shocking

I’ve seen a lot of posts talking about OWS, police brutality, race, gender, & intersectionality. Many of those posts include links to the famous stories of police brutality. And those stories are important & should be told. But, by only talking about those stories I worry that we’re giving the impression that police brutality is […]

On Police Brutality, Living While Of Color, & Why Brutality At OWS isn’t Shocking — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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Help Increase Nuanced Racial Representation in The Media

If you can  spare a few bucks (every dollar helps) please consider kickstarting this great film project!
 
Synopsis

Cedric and Tiffany, two college friends, realize their feelings for each other and after an illicit night together, decide to make a pact. They vow to end their respective relationships in order to build one together. When one of […]

Help Increase Nuanced Racial Representation in The Media — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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Help Increase Nuanced Racial Representation in The Media

If you can  spare a few bucks (every dollar helps) please consider kickstarting this great film project!
 
Synopsis

Cedric and Tiffany, two college friends, realize their feelings for each other and after an illicit night together, decide to make a pact. They vow to end their respective relationships in order to build one together. When one of […]

Help Increase Nuanced Racial Representation in The Media — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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Fantasy, Reality, & ‘Ism’s

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In the wake of the Fuck You Jim Butcher post a lot of the “It’s fantasy, don’t get offended” rhetoric is circulating again. Nothing new, but I’m a little perplexed by the argument that using real racial slurs (like Injun or Tar Baby) for fictional characters means that those real slurs are […]

Fantasy, Reality, & ‘Ism’s — Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman

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