Of Mice and Men…

It occurred to me while meditating in my marathon Mother’s Day bath, that white America considers the black man as a kind of a house-pet. Lowlier than a dog, but not as reprehensible as mice. We know how to behave and be servile, but on the whole, we are utterly and ultimately disposable. Not all of white America, of course. There are some that simply hate us outright, and see no real need for us whatsoever. And there are still others that view us as humans, on equal footing and have great difficulty ascertaining why we are not treated as…

Changing the Cultural Channel

From the time we are born, American black people are exposed to white culture. There is no avoidance of it. Likely the doctor that delivered us was white, and many of the nurses. We will be taught by white teachers. Watch white television. Live and share in the white world around us. We will learn to acclimate to this world because there is hardly a day where we are not exposed to it. White Americans do not share this same awareness with black culture. White Americans can pop in and out of the black experience as if it were no…

The People Side of Things

A personal look into recent conversations on race. It should be noted, you cannot have an effective discussion on any -ism with those that refuse its existence. It takes some intelligence and empathy. So Long, Steve I work with some bastards. Most of the time, I seek refuge in my office to protect myself from sexist, racist barbs that are intended to be more humorous than hurtful. Of course, more often than not, the opposite is true. The other ladies of the office, and one other guy, can often be found making sour faces and disagreeing. That guy is Steve. Steve…

Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t My Racism

The thing about “white racism” vs “black racism” is basis of that hate. Black people would essentially hate anyone that treated us historically the way white people have treated everyone that was not white, and certainly how whites in this country have treated us since snatching us from the womb our homeland and making us forever the bastard children of this one. Yes. We would hate anyone, openly and as a group, who did this to us. It is demeaning and demoralizing. And every time we are told by some present day white person to “get over it”, it starkly…