When my sister started dating as a teenager she told me once that mom didn’t like one of her boyfriends because he was “too dark.”
The number one cause of death for black males aged 15-34 is murder.
I thought about the challenges my mother faced raising me and the things I went through during adolescence.
I am not your token Black person. I’m not your boo-thang and honestly, there is nothing special about my hair.
A Grand Jury returning a non-indictment is proof of a thoroughly broken system. It is proof that no matter what people say about police cameras – the issue goes far beyond simply seeing what a police officer does on the scene during an incident, or arrest.
I know that we are different, and we should recognize and accept those differences, while knowing that those differences don’t make us more or less than people.
It is, however, only the beginning.
She never uttered a word to me, but I have never felt smaller.
Don’t misunderstand me. I love my blackness. But, as a black woman, I have to constantly exert and restrain myself. I have to work harder to overcome and shatter stereotypes, yet reign myself in in the hopes of not reinforcing them.
In case you are having trouble understanding Ferguson and the race issue sweeping America right now, let me catch you up. Here is a plain and simple explanation of the issues and current events at hand, using the metaphor of a Donut.