Can I Say “Black Lives Matter” if I Don’t Agree With the Official Organization?

Every once in a while I’ll hear someone say, “I don’t feel comfortable saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ or putting up BLM signs because I disagree with the organization.” I don’t have any discomfort with the organization, but I also can’t say that I know everything about it, so I was curious to learn what madeContinue reading “Can I Say “Black Lives Matter” if I Don’t Agree With the Official Organization?”

Being an Anti-Racist Ally: A resource

I didn’t start hearing the term “ally” until college, when a girl in my dorm identified herself as an “ally”, meaning, “someone who stands for LGBTQ people and their rights.” On one hand, I appreciate the idea of choosing an identify for oneself. “I am someone who chooses to spends energy, money, and relational capitalContinue reading “Being an Anti-Racist Ally: A resource”

I am not racist or antiracist; I act, speak, or think in racist or antiracist ways

I think the biggest thing that I learned from the first two chapters of how to be an anti-racist by Ibram X Kendi is that there’s no such thing as not racist; you’re either racist or anti-racist in any given action. But the second thing that I learned was that racist and anti-racist or notContinue reading “I am not racist or antiracist; I act, speak, or think in racist or antiracist ways”

Best of Juneteenth: Brittany Packnett Cunningham’s Me & Dad Takeover

Yesterday was Juneteenth, commonly known as “The True Independence Day for African Americans.” This year there seemed to be a collective awakening to the importance of Juneteenth outside of the Black community. Companies, governments, and white folks who’ve never uttered the word suddenly cared deeply about it. Some of it was probably performative, but it’sContinue reading “Best of Juneteenth: Brittany Packnett Cunningham’s Me & Dad Takeover”

What is “White guy, Black liberation”?

I’m a white guy. I don’t know much about Black art, history, theology, music, food, writing, culture. But I want to. I should have been taught these things in school but I wasn’t. I’ve learned so much through the efforts of my Black friends and teachers to make these things easily consumable by people likeContinue reading “What is “White guy, Black liberation”?”