Defining Anti-Blackness and Whiteness as Foundations of Culture in the United States

After years of tremendous research and review of literature, documentaries, work and lives of many phenomenal people (Maria Stewart, W.E.B DuBois, Ida B. Wells, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Angela Davis, Peggy McIntosh, Theodore Allen, Fred Hampton, James Baldwin, Malcom X, Marcus Garvey, Fannie Lou Hamer, Toni Morrison, Bayard Rustin, Huey Newton, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Asa Hilliard III, Robin Di Angelo and so many more...…….), I have finally drafted initial definitions for "Whiteness" and "Anti-Blackness" that will be used going forward in the Anti-Racism work I am doing. They are both intended to explain the phenomenon of U.S. culture in North America, as we know an

Remembrance of Linda Brown, Oliver Brown (Brown v. Board of Education); and A Call to African Americ

As African Americans, we must remember that the plight of struggle and long-suffering which existed through resisting slavery in through many successful slave rebellions; fighting Anti-Literacy laws which prohibited us from obtaining an education; circumventing the creation of the prison system which the transfer from individualized ownership to group ownership at the institutional level; being the first to desegregate schools (Brown v. Board of Education), and all other public places and accommodations - as well as housing discrimination in the private markets (Jones v. Meyer). We have been the equivalent to a thorn in the side for most White people as we, time and time again have fought to

The Power of Authentic White Ally-ship

I shared the full version of this some months ago, but am sharing a specific clip which signifies what authentic White allyship looks like. Thank you Robin Di Angelo for using for continue to use your agency of whiteness to bring truth to racism and anti-blackness. You are the first in this generation to name this in the very authentic, direct and intellectual way that you have. #WhiteFragility #WhatDoesitMeantobeWhite

Anti-Blackness and White Racism as Silent Killers; Quotes by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and

The following quote was recently shared by a great friend, confidant, colleague and mentor; Rachelle Rogers-Ard. Upon deeply reflecting on its sentiments, I became disheartened and dismayed by the many Black and brown people of African descent who have spent their lives enduring struggles against systems and structures of White Racism and Anti-Blackness; which are the underpinnings of American socialization. I, along with so many other astoundingly brilliant Black and brown people of African descent have spent (and continue spending) my life confronting and fighting Anti-Blackness and White Racism. It has added years to my life personally, and to the lives of many others I know. The reali

Developing Comfort With Discussing Race Boldly; Publicly and Privately

This week was a very long, emotionally compelling and interesting week. During a discussion with one of my colleagues it was asserted that talking about race can be uncomfortable in open space where multiple people are present (and listening), as well as 1-on-1. The comment was spoken from the perspective of someone who is white. I found it interesting as it was not a suggestion or experience of which I could relate or agree. As I pondered the comment throughout the day and night, I was compelled to respond. I share my response below, in hopes that others can be inspired to own their own truths, speak boldly with confidence from their own perspectives rather than attempting to be in solid

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