I'm not a Trump fan and I haven't been quiet about that. But today, I wanted to talk about my own faith, and how my faith is compelling me to vote. I have been a Christian my whole life. For a good portion of my life, I believed that voting Republican was a mandate of Christian faith. I went to a bible college where there was ONE guy who was a democrat, and people warned you about him in scandalized whispers, like they were warning you about a child molester. I voted for ALL THE . . .
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Grace Sandra talks about her journey as a biracial woman growing up with a white mom and siblings, the importance of all-black spaces, and the impact of intergeneration trauma on the black community. You can find Grace's book Grace, Actually: Faith, Love, Loss & Black Womanhood here: https://amzn.to/3exr0kB . . .
Today I'm chatting with @aliciatcrosby, a justice educator, activist, and Duke theology grad student, about the emotional labor that white people can unintentionally place on black people, why we are still protesting, and how we can engage in responsible policy change. You can find Alicia at https://www.aliciatcrosby.com and on twitter and Instagram at @aliciatcrosby. . . .
I'm usually not one to dwell on negative comments here but I wanted to address this one because I think it's important. I used to bristle at the term "white privilege" too. I did a lot of reading and learning, and I shared some of that in my book ((which you can order here) and wanted to share some of that here, for anyone struggling with this idea. Here's an excerpt: "I initially heard the phrase “white privilege” in my twenties. I didn’t like it. How could I be privileged? I paid . . .
Kristen and Roo are talking about the murder of George Floyd and learning to be better allies, and are sharing some of the black voices that have helped shape their views. We are also talking with Glennon Doyle about letting go of expectations and redefining "perfect", and her new book Untamed. In this episode we talk about: The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, With a New Preface by Khalil Gibran Muhammad How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram . . .
Today I'm chatting with Latasha Morrison, author of Be the Bridge, and a consultant for businesses and churches on inclusion and diversity. We each read a segment of our book and then have a conversation about race and revisionist history and Ahmaud Arbery and how to move from outrage to action. You can find Latasha's book here and Rage Against the Minivan here. . . .
We are chatting with Latasha Morrison, author of Be the Bridge, about racial justice, and specifically about Ahmaud Arbery and how we can take our outrage and push towards action. BJ gives us advice for that Mother's Day hangover, Roo shares a new meditation habit, and Kristen discloses some of the new difficulties of coparenting in a pandemic. In this episode we also talk about: Drunk Elephant D Bronzi Anti Pollution Sunshine Drops Healist CBD Calm Chews Smash Live . . .
As a mom of a tall black 15-year-old who is often mistaken for an adult, we've had lots of conversations about bias and appearance. It's always been a balancing act between wanting to allow for self-expression, and wanting to minimize the actual physical risk that can be inherent in bias against black men. But face masks to protect against COVID-19 are not a conversation about self-expression. They are now a recommended course of action to reduce coronavirus infection. So I'm posting this to say . . .
Love Anyway: An Invitation Beyond a World that’s Scary as Hell by Jeremy Courtney Jeremy Courtney has been providing crisis medical care to people in conflict-torn Iraq and Syria for over a decade. In an area of the world many people fear, Jeremy helps refugees start small businesses to get back on their feet and promotes peace across long-standing sectarian divides in the Middle East. His book tells the stories of people who have lived through war and terrorism. Love Anyway inspires us to . . .
On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from August 2008. Ohhh . . . my heart is hurting tonight. This evening Jafta opened up about how he feels being the only brown person in our family, and it was devastating. He's really never commented about it before, and we try to keep the dialogue open. But tonight he said the following, Mommy, I don't like my brown skin. I want it to be white. I want to take my skin off. I don't want this hair. I want hair like daddy. I . . .