One of the best and most powerful lessons my mother taught me was the lesson of “guilt by association.” “If you’re with someone who’s doing something wrong and the police come, you’re going to get arrested too, even if you haven’t done anything.” She told all five us that at a very early age, and… Read More The Impotency of Silence, White Supremacy and Lessons from My Mother
The disease called white supremacy is as deadly to the soul and spirits of those afflicted as is a stage four cancer with metastasis. Unlike cancer, however, white supremacy is contagious and affects everyone it touches. It is without rationality or compassion; it is willfully blind to the reality that those who claim intellectual superiority… Read More Can White Supremacy Be Cured?
The other day on CNN, during one of those now-familiar pointless conversations by a so-called “distinguished panel,” one of the speakers, a Trump supporter, blurted out, “Why does race have to be injected into everything? Because, my dear, white people in power have always made race an issue. From the writing of the U.S. Constitution… Read More Why Don’t White People Get It?
When I was invited to preach at a white Episcopal church in Charles Town, West Virginia, the lead priest of that congregation called me to kind of coach me on how to approach the congregation. I was/am an educated African American woman. Her congregation was highly educated as well, but there is an issue… Read More Trump is a Voice for the Frightened
One of the most tragic consequences in America of racism and sexism is that they have resulted in a huge swath of people – women of all colors and black and to a lesser extent, brown people – who hate themselves. There is an obsession with Eurocentrism in this world; anything white or Nordic-looking is… Read More The Cost of Self-Hatred