MY SKIN

They hate me because of the color of my skin Sounds superficial but that’s where it begins My skin indicates that I want what they actually covet They think I see their actions and actually love it So funny that my skin in their eyes indicates I’m worthless And that no matter how hard I work I still deserve less My skin is the first thing they see and then it’s...she’s a lady They’r...more

A Reminder to Avoid the (Racist) Crazies: Don't Read the (Facebook) Comments

I admit -- I have a thing about going down foxholes I know I shouldn't be going down. Just the other day I unleashed a gmail hack to my entire contact list because I just couldn't help myself from opening an email that I knew, in the back of my head, was spam. I knew it was not going to turn out good for me. But my curiosity took over, and my good sense...who knows where it went....more

We Are Part of a Civil Rights Movement

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“Hatred breeds hatred”: Charlie Hebdo, marginalisation and terrorism

Many remember the place of their upbringing with fondness and nostalgia. This may be particularly so for those who through life’s circumstances, have had to leave their childhood home behind. As a Parisian born and cité bred immigrant to the UK, for me the banlieue of Paris evokes memories of multicultural community and a sense of togetherness I have never experienced anywhere else. It makes me think of adolescent rebellion and the hiphop anthems which were the soundtrack to our youth....more

Racist Cereal Commercial Contemplations

Today I was asked by a friend if I would do a blog on the "controversial" Cheerios commercial.  Not having already seen this commercial I went out to YouTube and found it.  I had heard from other people about the backlash surrounding the commercial so before watching it I was expecting something completely different from what I actually ended up seeing....more

When we turn into oppressors: Internalised racism and parenting

The privilege of being lighter skinnedI am a lighter skinned Black woman. I am light enough to enjoy some of shadism’s privileges but dark enough to still be accepted as Black.  A uniquely privileged position. Throughout my upbringing I have received messages in my environment that this made me more desirable, more worthy, and/or more significant than my darker skinned counterparts....more

Talking to My Teen about a Life of Privilege

 It was a glorious spring day, the hard edges of the air softening into mildness, the sun reflecting in puddles, spirits sitting up and stretching their arms to the sky. Awaking from the freeze of winter, everyone was out running, walking, looking faintly stunned by the exposed squares of sidewalk....more

A Message for the White People

The teens found a photo of their classmate and made some changes to it.The classmate is a young black man.They drew a noose around his neck and added the words "Gotta hang ‘em all" and shared the edited photo on social media....more
This is so stirring and so true. It takes conversation and a willingness to understand and hear ...more

31 Days, 32 Revelations: The Distraction of Ignorance

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patriciaappelquist Thanks Patricia! My actual birthday is on the 27th. I appreciate you reading ...more

Brown Eyes Blue Eyes

For the past 24 hours or so, the English-speaking world has been ablaze with the mystery of the blue/black/white/gold dress.  What colour is it really? Is the whole thing a click-bait scam? Who sees what? It’s been one of those Internet phenomena that verify what a small planet this is, how close we all are and yet how different. And how many of us are willing to be completely and utterly diverted by trivia. It came during a week in which perspective and disparity in how we see the world has weighed heavily on me....more