This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post after the initial shooting death of Michael Brown.I watched 12 Years a Slave over the weekend, and I've been depressed ever since. I'd avoided watching it ever since it arrived in the mail from Netflix. While I wanted to watch it, I didn't want to watch it. I was scared. But Sunday night after putting off my husband's requests for days, I finally relented....more
" Why do you write so much about race?" It was a question put to me by a reader who also happens to know me personally. She is White and is surprised by some of the things that I have said. I responded that this blog, My so Called Glamorous Life, is about my very unglamorous and normal life. It's my perspective on a lot of things that affect me on an ongoing basis—like being a wife and a mother. Sometimes I post recipes, because I love to bake. Or I write about books, because I love to read, particularly children's and Young Adult books....more
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
I have always been more of a Facebook person than a Twitter person. I didn't often check my Twitter feed. But for some reason last Tuesday, 12 August, I woke up and while laying in bed talking myself into getting up to make a cup of coffee I opened my Twitter and looked at the feed. I saw that my 15 year old son "The Genius" had been tweeting....a lot....all night in fact....more
Thursday at 7 p.m., thousands of Americans gathered together at vigils in memory of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and the other people who have lost their lives in incidents of police brutality. As those crowds drew together to observe a moment of silence, my family talked.
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