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Ignorant inquiries by racist troglodytes before the dinner rolls hit the table.

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I’ve encountered all types of racists in my life, and there are many.

There are those who are overt in how they come at you, those who are cunning in their delivery, and then of course there are those who hide behind their ignorance and pretend to have a willingness…


RACISM

This is essentially what you are saying when you do whatever you can to screw with us and make our lives a living hell.

Nappy.co

Let me ask you this…

“What is it about the color of my skin that offends you?”

“Why is it so important for you to keep me from living my life?”

“Why do you have a problem with my existence?”

“How does it affect your life if I am afforded…


Maybe fear in others is a good thing especially when it’s the result of bullying.

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I was picked on relentlessly when I was younger. Growing up Black in white suburbia, the bullying was, well… chef kiss. I didn’t just receive the garden-variety “early to late adolescent” harassment, I had the distinction of being the only Black kid in an all-white school, making me a frequent…


Use what you’ve got because at the end of the day if you are Black many will try to take advantage of you.

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I am always leery of my interactions with the white majority, especially when it comes to financial transactions; say at a store or negotiating the price of a car. …


When you are Black living in a largely racist society there is always something to experience, and write about.

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I needed a creative outlet — out of necessity really. I had been out of work (and still am) for quite some time and needed a distraction to fill my days. Aside from the many zoom interviews, ultimately leading nowhere, and receiving rejection emails too many to count, I needed…


You can raise your kids, but only to a point.

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Like me, my son grew up in a white space. Like me, his exposure to a diverse environment was virtually non-existent. Unlike me, he grew up in a zeitgeist of cataclysmic social change. Should I feel better about this? …


All the accolades and awards in the world won’t compensate for a lack of respect and unequal treatment

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Racial discrimination in the workplace is no secret and to this day it casts a destructive shadow over every industry leaving generations of marginalized groups with no day-to-day support or path toward advancement.

For many in the Black community, chasing acknowledgment and equal treatment in a professional setting is a…


Taking the moral high ground isn’t always easy when confronted with racial discrimination.

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Throughout my life, I have encountered many instances of racism. Many! Yet somehow, someway, this would-be trauma has surprisingly allowed me to build the inner strength needed to continue the battle against white supremacy.

Every so often, less-than-ideal encounters with members of the white community still find their way into…


Not being picked for a team isn’t always about race, but sometimes it is.

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Kickball was the shit when I was young. I loved that game. I couldn’t get enough of it. Now, we’re going back a ways here but the feeling of launching that textured red rubber ball into the far reaches of a field was something that captured my soul early on…


Everyone has bad days but not everyone gets the same responses to them.

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For as long as memory allows I have been intrigued by people who can go about their day without a care in the world; unfazed by what life throws at them at any given time; unaffected by an atmosphere of negativity or constant bombardment from an imperfect outside world —…

G Correia

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