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April 11, 2018

It is not unusual when you’re Black to find yourself being the only Black person a White person knows and regularly interacts with. At work or school or even church, you’re it. And because you’re the only Black person they know, your White friend talks to you about all the controversial topics surrounding race. Before […]

April 5, 2018

A micro-aggression is a statement, action or incident regarded as an indirect, subtle or unintentional discrimination against people of a marginalized group.  Micro-aggressions are dog whistles; they are coded language that appears to mean one thing but has a different, specific and usually negative resonance for the target marginalized group. In our workplaces, we do […]

April 3, 2018

I spoke about the Theory of White Privilege Fragility during last year’s #BlackBlogsMatter challenge. I made fun of it and got into some interesting conversations online and offline as a result. Mostly with White people who were triggered by me making fun of their fragility and chose to argue with me because of it … […]

March 21, 2018

This has been one of the hardest posts to write within the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge. Considering that I setup the calendar, that is hard to admit and make sense of. But the truth is I sat down to write and suddenly felt both blocked and burdened by the idea of speaking on behalf of Black people […]

March 14, 2018

Diversity is important. In our workplaces, it leads to better environments and decision-making and profits. Yes. Companies with consistent commitment to diversity are more profitable and their employees are more satisfied with their work.  Issa fact. Google it. In our worldplaces, it leads to people who are more compassionate, intelligent and successful. Yes. People are […]

March 7, 2018

“Woke” remains a common phrase used to point out discriminatory behavior by people and institutions and to encourage people to be mindful and aware of the lowkey discriminatory behavior. As I’ve discussed previously in the posts … What Woke Means To Me Tao Te Woke and The 7 Levels of Wokeness … once you are Woke, […]

March 6, 2018

While Black History Month has ended, the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge has not. The Weekly Flavor of the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge will continue for 11 more weeks. In addition to my own writings, I will be incorporating some guest posts and round-ups on topics into the lineup to continue efforts to center the voices of Women and People […]

February 22, 2018

Black people began being caricatured during slavery. Slave masters characterized Black people as slow, lazy and  stupid. They made fun of them and dehumanized them further by comparing them to animals and depicting them with exaggerated, unattractive features. The raccoon was one such animal. The comparison is believed to have began because, in the night, […]

February 19, 2018

As I said in Tao Te Woke – Part 1, there are levels to being Woke.  The more you proclaim how Woke you are, the more likely you are to not be very Woke at all. Woke is something you should be about, not speak about. Still, Wokeness is not a competition. Even the most […]

February 14, 2018

The Tao Te Ching is an ancient Chinese text estimated to have been written in 400 B.C. by  Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching roughly translates to mean “the way of integrity”. The author’s name translates to “old master,” which likely means the author’s or authors’ name(s) are truly unknown. The Tao Te Ching was written to […]