What Direction is Your Moral Compass Headed? Is it Pointed in the Wrong or the Right Direction?

Each of us have a moral compass. Some are pointed in the wrong direction. Each of us have a responsibility to do the right thing even when it feels uncomfortable....more
Parthenia Queen Thank you :-)more

Black History, As I've Lived It

February is Black History Month. For me, this celebration began in February 1976, when I was in fourth grade at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.Back then we had a mix of races in our class: black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Haitian. It was kumbaya I tell ya. Back then we fought over so-called boyfriends/girlfriends, who had the best handwriting and bad trades of oversold lunches. (I once traded a huge Italian hoagie for a never-before-tasted PB&J. I ended up in the principal’s office that day.) Kumbaya....more
“BlogHer: Black History, As I've Lived It http://ow.ly/2UgzvB” Cool! My last post was featured ...more

The Legacy of Slavery and Ferguson, Missouri

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

If you have to lie, you're the bad guy

Here’s the thing about being in the right: you don’t have to lie about what happened. The facts of the event demonstrate to all and sundry that your behavior was correct and just. That is what being in the right means. Thus, knowing that the Ferguson Police Department and the St....more

What Does a Criminal Look Like?

Some See My Son as Black, Even Though He Is Mixed-Race

I confess to feeling safe because my kids’ biracial genes have given them lighter skin, but my family cannot run away from racism....more
deejmckay Well said.more

Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr...more
I feel like I have a good view on this as I am in an interracial relationship my fiance and I ...more

I'm Black, Not An Alien

My entire life I have been surrounded by white people, and in school I was one of the few black students, from elementary through high school. That instantly made me the spokesperson for black people everywhere....more
What a great article! I'm married to a Jewish man and upon finding this out, a woman at work ...more

I Confess: I've Used the "N" Word Before

I was going to write a blog post about how I catch myself being extremely negative and thinking I am totally worthless, and in my head, I’ll think, “Nigga, please.” Note: I would NEVER, EVER use this word to refer to another person. I am the person this is directed to, in the privacy of my own home. I use it to snap myself out of feeling anxious or depressed. I take the phrase to mean, “Dude, I love you enough to be honest. You’re being ridiculous and too hard on yourself....more

Why It Is NEVER All Right to Call Someone a "F-ing Terrorist"

My husband and I recently took our daughter and a dozen of her friends to the movies. It was a children’s movie matinée. Our group took up an entire row in the theatre, and so I sat right in front of the kids. A few minutes before the show began, a visible minority family walked in and sat next to me, one seat down. The lights dimmed and the previews started. We were off to a great start. The kids sat behind us munching on their popcorn, slurping their drinks, eager to see the movie start....more
This was beautiful. I have considered posting a link to your article in response to some ...more