New Klux Klan

It is painfully apparent that there is a subculture of law enforcement whose actions and character resemble the 21st Century Edition of the Klu Klux Klan. Thanks to social media, the world is becoming aware of cases where police officers are assaulting and arresting black and brown individuals for little other reason than asserting their power, “failure to comply” or because “they fit the description”. Meanwhile, there are citizens that support this bigotry through ignorance, bitterness, and/or blatant hatred. New Klux Klan

You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Color

Social justice activist Shaun King spent the greater part of this week being vilified by conservative media and their minions based on haphazard evidence that suggested he is a white man pretending to be African-American. However, anyone with common sense could read the context clues of his writings and see that (1) his biological father is black, (2) the circumstances are complicated, (3) he didn’t want to talk it out of respect for his mother, and (4) it is none of our business. Of course, these outlets were relentless, pulling out “family members” and birth certificates to support their attacks.

Eventually King was pushed into posting this piece explaining his lineage, why he didn’t want to talk about it, and the true motivations behind the “investigation” against him. A part of me wanted him to remain silent, throwing the middle finger to their desperate attempts to disqualify his life’s work. However, another part of me is glad he eloquently dismantled each one of their thinly-veiled arguments. You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Color

The Perils of Discussing Racism With The Blissfully Ignorant

I try to stay away from asserting my opinion as fact on topics that I have no experience in, and it boggles my mind when others do. With the increase in conversations about race in the last year or so, there have been a lot of polarizing points of view on both sides and, like a lot of people-of-color, I’m exhausted.

Trying to explain systemic racism and its effects to those ignorant of its existence is like debating The Tanakh with Adolf Hitler. The problem isn’t the lack of knowledge on a topic, but rather the unwillingness of some to accept the perspectives of those who actually know and experience it.  The Perils of Discussing Racism With The Blissfully Ignorant

The Thing About Racism…

Through all of the injustices and tragic deaths caused by individual and/or systemic racism over the last few years, I have kept my thoughts and beliefs about them out of the workplace. Mostly out of professional courtesy, but mostly because it’s an uncomfortable, uphill battle to explain your reality to those who haven’t had to live it. The Thing About Racism…