Please Teach Him to Stay His Hand

Dear Mother of a Son, a little boy who will someday grow up to be a White Man, I’m writing to you today because I’m in mourning. For the second time in too many months, a White Man got away with killing an innocent, unarmed young Black boy. I know that Jordan Davis was 17…

Open Season On My Sons

Photo: You see that hoodie now and you think it’s precious. At what age does that preciousness fade away? Every child is precious: Born with incredible potential and beauty. They are born with untarnished honor and worth. Every one of their actions considered to be the most important on earth. Children are a privileged class–and…

Oh Icarus, If Only We’d Read Your Story…

    What an incredible week for this republic that I love so dearly. It is incredible that we are in such a thick and prolonged cultural war in this country, and that we’re still debating equality and liberty for groups of people under the law. While I’m elated about the destruction of DOMA, and…

No, It’s Not “Only” The N-Word

Photo Credit: NPR   Wow, it took 99 posts, but here we go. I have to break it out. Paula Deen was fired by the Food Network and “only” for admitting to using that troublesome word, nigger. I’m not going to censor this word. If you are squeamish about the word nigger, go on ahead and…

Believe It Or Not: Interracial Families are Normal!

I stopped in my tracks when I noticed the beautiful little girl in the new Cheerios commercial. I thought to myself “aww, isn’t she cute.” Then I noticed the white woman in the commercial, and I turned up the sound on my TV. Is that her mom? I wondered… then it all made sense when…

Think Twice Before Deciding That We Don’t “Fit”

  Photo Credit: WTTG Fox 5 DC News Story  I came across this story via a feminist blog that I follow. A summary of the story: A White man takes his three bi-racial (Black/White) daughters to Walmart without his wife (their mother). Someone notices them in the Walmart and decides that he looks suspicious because…

When Major Publications Choose to Demonize My Marriage

I’m a little up-in-arms today. I was minding my own business on Monday night when, as usual, Facebook destroyed my happy balance. Essence Magazine has a love/sex advice column, and this time around, they decided to tackle an interracial marriage. So as to stop you from having to venture too far away, let me quote…

Ain’t I Worth Saving?

It’s International Women’s Day. I’m sitting here thinking about the state of things. Yesterday, the President signed the Violence Against Women’s Act, with much fanfare and flourish, and I watched it live with happiness. I am blessed to be a woman who has not been physically abused by a partner, but the statistics about domestic violence…