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If you’re a white person, and you’re talking to people of color about a prominent person of their same race or ethnic origin, you can’t ever be too respectful… Not “MLK” but “Dr. King”

 

Have you seen the video of these two Scottish guys who try to get a voice-activated lift (elevator) to understand what they’re saying? What if they were black? … So These Two Scottish Guys get onto a Lift…

Talking Black on White NPR

Talking Black on White NPR

One of the things I like about the show “It’s Been a Minute” is that it’s got a different voice and tone than most of NPR. Most of NPR is white. When this gets pointed out, most white people get irritated and angry…

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“I Ain’t no AY-rab”

“I Ain’t no AY-rab”

I got on an airplane just nine days after 9/11. Everyone was on the lookout for more “Arab” terrorists. There were National Guardsmen all over the airport. Then there was a commotion in the security line ahead. Some Guardsmen were talking to this slender, 30-something, working-class white man who was wearing a lot of gold chains…

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Aibileen’s Secret

Aibileen’s Secret

I’ve watched the movie “The Help” many times. You know that part at the beginning where Skeeter asks Aibileen if she ever wanted to be something other than a maid? Aibileen just smiles. I finally figured out what it was, and how it came true for her…

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The Powerful, Scary Words of Black Men

The Powerful, Scary Words of Black Men

Three and a half years ago, I saw one of the most powerful, visceral, humorous, scary, and dangerous pieces of theater I’ve ever seen: “Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments.” It was six black male actors, speaking the truths of six black male playwrights, infusing those words with the raw, visceral emotions of their own experiences…

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