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I live in a constant state of early 90s.
When college rock was good, and black people were still on TV.

     The average white American has one Black friend.


When white people are confused about Black outrage or criticism in regards to race and prejudice, I get it, because most of y’all barely know any Black people anyway.  However, when that confusion turns to adamant declarations to the contrary or dismissals of our feelings and concerns it’s like…..but you barely know any Black people anyway?  What are you basing these claims on?

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2:22 pm  •  2 September 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| white privilege| race| news| ferguson|

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     Two of my kids are reading The Great Gatsby this summer.

School starts back this week and two of the kids I help with homework (one is currently in the shelter with her mom and the other is her friend from the neighborhood) have the same reading assignment.  Today I took some of them to the park with another volunteer for a little Labor Day picnic earlier, and I told them to bring their summer reading assignments so I could look them over.

Mary & Jane (names are made up) both had to answer essay questions about The Great Gatsby, but Jane’s was hella short and you could tell she didn’t really read the book.  I asked her why and she said she was tired of reading about white people.

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6:48 pm  •  31 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| the great gatsby| nyc| education| literature| race| me| school| kids|

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     Jon Stewart on Ferguson: “You really do have no f*cking idea, do you?”


Granted, he was specifically referring to a completely fabricated sequence of events dreamed up by Sean Hannity about how he handles all of his seemingly numerous encounters with police, but as a whole segment, you can tell Stewart feels the Faux News audience really does have no clue.

I wish I worked in an office with some Black people so we could watch this together, hold hands, and shed a tear for this Jewish white man who gets it totally right.

(But I don’t, so I’m just sitting here with headphones on finishing my morning coffee and trying to find a link to watch Dance Moms from last night.)

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10:33 am  •  28 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| ferguson| jon stewart| michael brown| race| fox news| news|

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     Chronological eyewitness accounts of Michael Brown’s murder.


For The First Time Ever, All Four Eyewitness Accounts of The Murder of Michael Brown Put In Chronological Order: The most detailed side-by-side telling of each eyewitness account of the Mike Brown murder in chronological order #JusticeForMichaelBrown [@ShaunKing]

First, watch the video.

Now, who are these “eyewitnesses” that y’all’s white friends keep talking about who say Michael Brown was running toward the officer?  I didn’t hear any of that here and I haven’t seen any interviews supporting that claim, but I want you to read an exchange that happened on my friend’s wall a few days ago.  I’m not trynna put him or his white friend on blast, so I’m just gonna copy and paste the comments with no names because this commentary is important.

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2:31 pm  •  27 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Megyn Kelly tried to teach Bill O’Reilly about white privilege.

Megyn Kelly…Megyn Kelly…Megyn damn Kelly.

She.  She tries sometimes.  Right after she had her baby and laid down the law over there about working moms, I was Team Megyn for point three seconds.  She just gets so close to common sense, but I don’t know what made her think Bill O’Reilly was going to be receptive to anything she had to say.

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3:22 pm  •  26 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| white privilege| ferguson| race| megyn kelly| fox news| bill o'reilly| news|

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     #lastwords of unarmed Black men.

Journalist and illustrator Shirin Barghi compiled the last words of unarmed Black men murdered by law enforcement and vigilantes, and seeing them together as one collection is a powerful statement

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2:36 pm  •  25 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| michael brown| trayvon martin| eric garner| race| racism| john crawford| jonathan ferrell| news| lastwords|

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     How to answer when a white person says, “The police won’t bother you if you haven’t done anything wrong.”

Some people are willfully ignorant…but some people just don’t know what they have no reason to know.

There are a lot of white people in this country who engage with minorities on the Internet in conversations about race and police harassment and profiling who don’t “see” it.  They don’t understand why some Black people are so upset with law enforcement and why we have a hair trigger in cases like Michael Brown, because that’s not the life they lead.  If — and this is a very big if — those white people have had any interactions with the police whatsoever, the situation was probably respectful, calm, and a minor disruption without an overwhelming fear of physical force.  

When I’ve been stopped by the police, not only is there an overwhelming sense of annoyance at being stopped for no reason other than being brown, but there’s the very real fear of the unknown because anything could happen once you’re stopped by the police.  I got stopped because I “fit the description” which is code for being a young Black male, and I didn’t know if I would end up in Rikers for the next three years waiting on a trial to clear my name of a charge I had nothing to do with.  (That still happens, in case you’ve forgotten.)

So this is a good explanation from  for all of us to remember when we find ourselves in conversations with white people who don’t have that experience of being terrified of law enforcement.

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3:50 pm  •  21 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| michael brown| ferguson| race| white privilege| police| cops| gene demby|

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     Hold a voter registration drive for #Ferguson.

Missouri Republicans are letting their true colors show in response to voting drives being held in Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death to get more Black people registered to vote.

If you’re looking for a way to channel your anger and really help fight systematic racism, hold a voting drive in your own community in honor of Ferguson.  You’re not the only one who’s upset and you’re not the only one paying attention, so remind people that change comes in the voting booth.

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2:58 pm  •  20 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| ferguson| voting| vra| race| politics| news|

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