Tag Archives: racism

An open letter to my family who voted for Trump

You voted for a man who embodies the opposite of every single value in our family covenant. Now it’s time to take a stand.

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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?

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?

We’re All Just Statistics – My Story of Love, Family and Prejudice

My experience with racism is not a story of neglect and systematic abuse. It’s not about how White America is literally or violently holding me back. It is about ignorance. It’s personal, it’s raw and it’s real. And I’m terrified of sharing it.