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April 27, 2018

I don’t like the word “minority”. People are not minorities. People are miracles. To be conceived, gestate and born alive and healthy is a miracle. To get up every day and go out into a world that was built for you to be oppressed and fail is a miracle yet survive and succeed anyway is […]

April 26, 2018

According to the urban dictionary, a catfish is someone who gives the impression of being attractive or sympathetic to attract attention online only to turn out to be the opposite of what is portrayed. Typically, catfishing is used in romantic relationships and trolling. A person creates a fabricated online profile to trick an unsuspecting suitor […]

April 25, 2018

If you’re going to have diverse people in your workplace,  you have a responsibility to to build inclusion.  Period. This starts with recognizing 3 things:  Supremacy and Patriarchy are real and the majority of oppression is a spinoff of these 2 systemic issues. Diverse people have differing world views, experiences and needs that have to […]

April 24, 2018

White. Male. Christian. Wealthy. Young. Able-Bodied. Hetero-sexual … If you do NOT belong to all of these groups at the same time, you’ve been oppressed at some time in some way. And if you do not belong to all of these groups at the same time, you should be able to relate to the struggles […]

April 23, 2018

Kathy Rae. Ohhhh. Kathy Rae. For those who may not be familiar, Kathy Rae was a viewer of the local CBS affiliate in Atlanta, who wrote a letter to anchorwoman, Sharon Reed, after an on-air discussion about the Atlanta mayoral election and the impact of shifting racial demographics played a part in the race. Reed […]

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 […]