On television, in movies, in books and now with my dolls, black girls were always having to overcome crazy amounts of adversity with a quick wit and an even temper. These fictitious black girls seemed to be models of perfection without the requisite vulnerability to make them human.
I never expected to go home with him for the holidays this year, nor did I expect any of our kisses to begin with Kay. But as much as I’ve seen photos of his family members and know their names, I did kind of expect that at least one of them might come to know mine.
While some have argued that people of color can put an end to racism if we just stop calling it as we see it, scientist and activist Joseph Osmundson is imploring his white brethren to become allies in the fight against racism.
Meeting Jeff was a turning point, because he made me realise that racists are not just overblown caricatures of evil but come in every shape and form, and sometimes you trust them enough to get into bed with them, only to be subject to their attacks.
Tawana Brawley was 15 years old and missing for days when she was found in a trash bag in November 1987. But with no firm evidence and a team of questionably driven advisers behind her, a grand jury ruled that Brawley's gang-rape claims were a lie.
The truth is many white liberals in this country have come to believe a lie. A lie that says just because they are “liberal” or can quote W.E.B. DuBois or have one friend who’s black, it means they are no longer racist.
Not because I’m ashamed and not because I’m trying to prove a point, but because I refuse to become part of a society that further scrutinizes a race, and assigns arbitrary labels to the people of that race.