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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…

“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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Aunt Jean has had a Stroke

Aunt Jean has had a Stroke

My husband’s Aunt Jean had a massive stroke last month. Who knows how much she’ll be like her old loving, friendly, mischievous self the next time I see her…

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The Janitor at Work

The Janitor at Work

I recently started a new job, sitting at the front desk at a research organization. And after the novelty wore off, and my sheer relief at having a job, I noticed something. I do a lot of the same stuff, over and over. Then, one day, I saw the janitor waiting for the elevator, and I thought of something: he does the same stuff, over and over, every day.

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When the Tectonic Plates of my Soul Shifted

When the Tectonic Plates of my Soul Shifted

Years ago, the tectonic plates of my soul shifted. It was October, 2006, and I was at my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration. By the time I got to the hall where the celebration was being held, I knew three things. One, I was dressed wrong…

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