Tag Archives: Race

This is how it feels to hear #AllLivesMatter

A few of my friends have confessed to me that even though they support #BlackLivesMatter efforts, they don’t really understand the problem with also asserting that #AllLivesMatter. Well, there’s an analogy going around that I think does a good job of trying to put it into perspective: Imagine you’re out to dinner with your friends, […]

#BlackLivesMatter is about fighting racism, not racists

#BlackLivesMatter is not about trying to take down or challenge every individual racist in our country; that’s impossible. It is not about proclaiming that all white police officers are racists; that’s ignorant. It is about combating institutional racism in our country; that’s doable.

How much should race factor into interracial friendships?

Is it worth ending a friendship when one friend disrespects the collective struggle of the other friend’s race?

I looked at what each of my Facebook friends is saying about Black Lives Matter and this is what I found

Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to look at the recent posts of every single one of my Facebook friends, hoping for a glimpse into who’s actively participating in this conversation.

You’re actually safer than when you were a kid… unless you’re black

I’m the last person to try and “do math” to make a point. Even so, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to conclude that while the risk of facing violent crime has gone down for most, Blacks face a uniquely treacherous threat that the rest of the population does not: the threat of being targeted by the very people who are meant to be our protectors.

What if we hijacked fear to promote good?

What would happen if we hijacked an overtly racist and fearful campaign to highlight kindness and good in our world?

I Don’t Talk about Race

This is not a post about Ferguson. It’s not a post about ongoing Black oppression in White America. It’s not a post about how racism isn’t dead. I don’t write about that stuff. I don’t even talk about it, really.

Diversity in the workplace: Should I care this much?

It’s no secret that I’m looking for a new job. My time with the Red Cross has been (and continues to be) fulfilling, supportive and inspiring, but I’ve come to that point in life where I have to make some decisions about what is important to me, and guess what?! Love wins. That feels weird […]

HPV Vaccine: A Diversity Issue?

Cross-posted from McKinney & Associate’s ‘Comm in the Storm’ blog, where I write about Diversity issues every Thursday. Since I’m on top of things today, here’s a sneak-peek of tomorrow’s post: This week, a CDC panel endorsed males ages 13 to 21 receive the HPV vaccine, previously recommended for females between the ages of nine […]

How Are Food Deserts Really Affecting Us?

Cross-posted from McKinney & Associate’s ‘Comm in the Storm’ blog, where I write about Diversity issues every Thursday. If you’re following McKinney’s blog, you know that this week we’re doing a series to prepare for National Food Day, which is next Monday. According to the website, the movement is designed to “push for healthy, affordable […]

Diversity: Seeing in Color

Cross-posted from McKinney & Associate’s ‘Comm in the Storm’ blog, where I write about Diversity every Thursday. Do a Google News search for “diversity” and the results are as varied as the word itself implies. But one thing most of the resulting articles have in common is the acknowledgement that for whatever reason, in whichever […]

Diversity: Tap or Bottle? Your Skin Color May Tell the Answer

Cross posted from McKinney & Associate’s ‘Comm in the Storm’ blog, where I write about Diversity every Thursday. In the years since major brands like Coca-Cola and Nestle first decided to bottle and sell water, a mostly-free and vital resource, marketing tactics have gone from convincing consumers that “it tastes better” to “it’s healthier” to […]