“We should have *been* outraged.”

Summer McLane, on Facebook Live, 30 January 2017. 14 min. Reading time: 1 minute. “You know, everyone wants to say, “Oh, love, love, I choose love.” What do you think this is?? I’ve said this so many times before. What do you think this is? This isn’t love? What do...

The Last Time I Met Uncle Willie

Not Uncle Willie, but another street photo Kyle took. Reading time: 1 minute To find out what led up to this, read The First Time I Met Uncle Willie and The Second Time I Met Uncle Willie. The last time I saw Uncle Willie, he started a conversation with me. At yet...

The Second Time I Met Uncle Willie

Again, not Uncle Willie, but another elderly black man. Reading time: 2 minutes You can read the first part of this story at The First Time I Met Uncle Willie. The next time I saw Uncle Willie was really awkward. Kyle and I were visiting his family for Christmas...

The First Time I Met Uncle Willie

Not Uncle Willie himself, but a street photo Kyle took. Reading time: 3 minutes The first time I met my husband’s Uncle Willie, I was scared of him. It was at Shockoe Baptist Church near Danville, Virginia, on a Sunday, maybe Christmas 2002, one of the first times...

Eating in Restaurants with My Black Husband

Lost Lake Cafe, Seattle Reading time: 7 minutes When Kyle and I started dating, he made me read Lawrence Otis Graham’s book Member of the Club. “You need to know what you’re getting into, dating a black man,” he said. Member of the Club is a collection of essays about...

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