The Audacity of Whiteness

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I’ll get right to the point. I’m sick of White folks performing. Sick of it.  Here’s what happened. I work at a majority White institution and interact with White folks of all ages. A White female coworker approached me. We made our usual small talk. I was sure the conversation was ending. Then, she announced: “What is going on with people these days? When did people become so hateful? Can you believe the stuff going on nowadays with all this rioting? Why can’t people just be kind? We are all…

Lovecraft Country – Rewind 1921 (S1E9)

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The pieces of the puzzle are coming together and the full picture is almost in view! I cannot believe we only have one more episode of this show left. I am not okay. Somebody check on me week-after-next. Pointing Fingers The episode begins with the group bickering about whose fault it is that Dee has fallen under a curse. Ruby snaps them out of it by placing the blame at all of THEIR feet, never mind she was the one was actually supposed to be babysitting Dee. Tic decides he…

To Be Black and Queer: A Divine Opportunity to Reject, Redefine, and Reimagine

Today, October 11, 2020, is “National Coming Out Day.” National Coming Out Day is an annual observance that began in 1988. Its ostensible purpose is to celebrate Queer liberation and to honor those who have journeyed toward self-discovery, embraced new self-acceptance, and risked public scrutiny.  While decades of Queer observance, prides, media representations, laws, and practices have ushered incremental movement toward true liberation of Queer indivduals, there is a pervasive message that only certain manifestations of Queerness merit celebration–while others remain in the oppressive margins of mainstream society, on the…

Bias and the Black QB in the NFL

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the historic nature in which the NFL had Black men as starting quarterbacks. I talked, with guarded optimism, about how the associated biases and stigmas that were unfairly levied against Black quarterbacks since the beginning, were finally starting to subside. This new age, this Golden age, of the Black QB was here (finally!) and there was no turning back. But then today told me otherwise….

Lovecraft Country – Jig-a-Bobo (S1E8)

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Lovecraft does nothing without reason. I knew with “Bobo’s” repeated appearances we were going to face what happened to Emmett Till. The title warned me that this episode would be intense, but I was not prepared for how deep they were going to go. “What’s that smell?” Diana’s question and Ruby’s struggle to respond was like a backhand to the face. In a real interview, Mamie Till’s own words described that because of the heat, Emmett’s body was indeed detectable for a two to three block radius prior to reaching…