Actress Daniele Watts Was Handcuffed For… Kissing Her White Boyfriend?

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was detained by Los Angles police last week. The crime? ...more
You're stuck on the issue of intimacy/kissing/prostitution because of this blog authors biased ...more

Remembering Four Little Girls, Victims of the 1963 Birmingham Bombing

On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church was destroyed by a horrific act of racial terrorism. Four young ladies, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair, died immediately, and 22 others were injured in the explosion caused by a bomb that had been planted on the church steps near the basement entrance....more

Where Are the Brown Girls in Teen/YA Books?

I went to the 2014 National Book Festival with two of my daughters.  Elle, a high schooler, is the voracious reader of the family.  Often times, before any of the rest of us can finish reading – or even begin to read – a book that we’ve checked out of the library or bought at the bookstore, she has “borrowed” and finished the book, then handed it back with a quick review.  No book is safe in her arm’s reach (and she has long arms.)  Nat came along, too; still in elementary school, she reads when and if she feels like it. ...more
yes and yes.  #WeNeedDiverseBooks! in most Ya novels I've read the black kid is usually the ...more

Actress Daniele Watts Was Handcuffed For… Kissing Her White Boyfriend?

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was detained by Los Angles police last week. The crime? ...more
You're stuck on the issue of intimacy/kissing/prostitution because of this blog authors biased ...more

Remembering Four Little Girls, Victims of the 1963 Birmingham Bombing

On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church was destroyed by a horrific act of racial terrorism. Four young ladies, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair, died immediately, and 22 others were injured in the explosion caused by a bomb that had been planted on the church steps near the basement entrance....more

There Is No Such Thing As “Reverse Racism”

A few weeks ago, my colleagues and I were having a discussion regarding the underrepresentation of students of color in state universities across the United States. I attributed the disparity, in part, to highly segregated public education systems and Supreme Court decisions which ban race-based college admissions decisions....more
Hi there, I appreciated your take on this matter although I have recently been pondering this ...more

We've Got 99 Problems... Talking Racism is One

I read a book this past year that took place in the 1830's. It was about capitalism, slavery and, to a certain extent, what happened in a county when fear and racial anxieties met a mob mentality. In case you're wondering: The result was violence, restlessness and lawlessness. Sound familiar? I know. It shouldn't - but I bet it does. To be honest, I hadn't really planned on reading the book. I thought I'd sort of skim through it; I'm embarrassed to say I don't read much non-fiction and when I do, it's pretty much never about anything having to do with history or race....more
I would argue that I am all about the facts. The shooting in Ferguson of Michael Brown was a ...more

Where Are the Brown Girls in Teen/YA Books?

I went to the 2014 National Book Festival with two of my daughters.  Elle, a high schooler, is the voracious reader of the family.  Often times, before any of the rest of us can finish reading – or even begin to read – a book that we’ve checked out of the library or bought at the bookstore, she has “borrowed” and finished the book, then handed it back with a quick review.  No book is safe in her arm’s reach (and she has long arms.)  Nat came along, too; still in elementary school, she reads when and if she feels like it. ...more
yes and yes.  #WeNeedDiverseBooks! in most Ya novels I've read the black kid is usually the ...more

A Mom's Eye View of Ferguson

In 1973, when I was 7-years-old, my parents bought a house in a small bedroom community near the town where we lived. While Mom and Dad agreed that they both wanted to move, this particular house was my mother's doing. The middle class neighborhood full of neat little mid-century split-levels and ranch style homes with tidy yards was 100% White and my father wanted nothing to do with it. Yes, from 3rd through the 6th grade I was one of only 5 to 7 Black children in a school of approximately 400 students. The other Black families lived in a subdivision on the other side of the school....more
The riots/protests were a direct response to what the people perceived to be a blatant and ...more

Latina Transwoman Murdered in Memphis, Family Needs Help With Funeral Expenses

Friday night, another trans sister of color was murdered, this time in Memphis. 41 year old Alejandra Leos was born in Monclova Vieja, Coahuila De Zaragoza, Mexico, but lived with her family in Memphis. She had family support and job security. She was respected, loved and valued by those who knew her. Alejandra used the name Alexandra on her Facebook page....more

You May Not Be Racist But...

Think twice before you use one of those popular expressions or words meant to highlight someone's short-comings. Years ago when I learned the origin/meaning of "indian giver" I quit using that phrase. Not only is it racist but pretty factually, historically incorrect. Read more on the theory of "Indian Giver". ...more

Poverty, Part Two

American dollar buying power vs Canadian loonie?I’ve had a couple of folks contact me and point out that the original total of $4.31 isn’t that much less than the SNAP challenge....more