As the Derek Chauvin trial is going on for the next few weeks, many Black Americans are reliving the trauma of the murder of George Floyd from May 2020. This is a very emotional experience for those who are faced with systemic oppression every day. We cannot deny any longer that racism is a public health crisis. It has been proven that racism can cause poor health in Black Americans — not only due to the lack of access to health care, but due to the mental and physical toll on their bodies.

From PubMed: When another breaking news story…


Rachel Hollis is problematic AF. If you don’t know, according to Wikipedia: “Rachel Hollis is an American author, motivational speaker and blogger. Her first self-help book Girl, Wash Your Face — since its release in February 2018 — has maintained a spot in the top 10 best-selling books in the country for seven months, held the top spot for 12 of those weeks and has sold more than 880,000 copies in the United States. It was the second-most popular book of 2018 on Amazon.”

In a short video, Hollis refers to a livestream were she mentioned a “sweet woman” who…


Like millions of Americans and people all over the world, I am anxiously awaiting the interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with Oprah Winfrey tomorrow evening. It is interesting in the current climate to see all of this play out. The British press and even Buckingham Palace were unusually unfair and cruel to Meghan. Whether it was the racist broach, her family tree, calling her baby with Prince Harry a monkey, the jokes about her being from Compton, or the KFC Australia “fried chicken engagement ring” these were all acts of racism. No, no one called her racial slurs…


A fundamental step in creating a functioning society begins with civic education within our local communities. Everyone should be taught how their community works and who chooses the rules we live by. Civic education is a lifelong process, even for those who make decisions on behalf of the citizens they serve.

Another important component to creating democracy will be helping those who are able to vote learn how understand the importance of voting. Citizens live in a democratic nation. For a successful democracy, civic engagement is crucial; “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” depends upon it. …


Singer Halsey with box braids

I was involved in a rather heated conversation online today. Black women were saying Halsey could not wear box braids because she is white passing (using the picture above). Sigh. I am so tired of this conversation in 2020.

Full disclosure: I don’t think anyone has a right to deny / quantify anyone’s blackness. I’ve had it done to me all my life and it’s hurtful. And, trust, due to power dynamics, I don’t like white people with box braids / dreds, but Halsey isn’t white. For the record, I am also not a Halsey fan, but I am…


Racism isn’t just something that is on brand for conservatives. Many white liberals are racist and this type of racism is much worse and more dangerous than racism from conservatives.

In fact, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to warn us about the white liberal:

“I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted…


American Police Practice Based on Slave Patrols

George Floyd, Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, Breyonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean.

Reading the names of black Americans killed by police can be gut wrenching to the soul. As a black American, I often wonder why people might think my life doesn’t matter. While I have never had any serious interactions with the police, but throughout my life since I was four or five years old, I was called every racial slur. This means, this is not something children and young adults just think up, but something that is learned at home. The attitudes that black bodies don’t matter has…


Black Lives Matter protest in Pensacola, Florida

In order to understand how anti-racism work is navigated, we must address power dynamics and lived experiences. For me, this is a basic concept, but for many, it is not. I walk my life as a physically abled Black woman. If I want to be an ally to the disability community, I try to be an ally by listening and not telling them what is best. I let them guide me to what I can do to be a better ally. It isn’t my lived experience. My opinions have no weight on the topic of physical disability.

If you’re white…

Samantha Jackson

community organizer / intersectional feminist / Take That & NKOTB fan / fashion enthusiast

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