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ATTN: Growing Up in St. Louis County

Over the weekend ATTN ran a story about my experiences with racism growing up in North St. Louis County in Florissant, Mo., not far from Ferguson. Check it out. Continue reading

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ATTN: #CrimingWhileWhite and #AliveWhileBlack Are Important Conversation Starters

Wrote a piece Thursday for ATTN on the Twitter hashtags that have evolved out of the Eric Garner case. When there were no indictments in Garner’s death the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite emerged, featuring white people telling tales of crime without punishment. Black Twitter users responded with #AliveWhileBlack, telling stories of everyday discrimination. More evidence we still live in two separate Americas. Continue reading

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The Root: No Indictment in the Death of Eric Garner?

For The Root Wednesday I wrote a response to the non-indictment of an NYPD officer on charges of killing Eric Garner. Garner was unarmed when Officer Daniel Pantaleo held him in an illegal chokehold. While I wasn’t surprised by the Grand Jury’s ruling I was really disappointed. Continue reading

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PostRacialist, Uncategorized

The Root: The Worst States for Black People

If you want to carry a baby to full term, not get arrested CONSTANTLY and for your children to have a future, these are the states to avoid. (I wrote about it for The Root.) Most of them are in the Midwest and as a Midwesterner I can tell you — the Midwest can kind of blow for black people. Even more so than the South, which at least seems to understand that black people are supposed to live there. The Midwest is always treating you like a stranger even if you’ve been in Michigan for four generations.

Because “racism.” Continue reading

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“Everything old is new again,” actor and civil rights activist Denise Nicholas told BuzzFeed News. “Whoever thought we would be dealing with voter suppression after the civil rights movement? All these years later, we’re still dealing with the issues that we dealt with in the ’60s. It is absolutely crazy. I’m not surprised. Why did it have to happen? Why couldn’t they do their due diligence and find somebody in the first place?”

— From Kelley Carter’s “Inside Hollywood’s Shocking Blackface Problem

Everything Old Is New Again

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