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Racism is a disease. Treat it like one.

Someone pointed out that I refer to racism as a disease a lot. They thought it was a great analogy. While I appreciate the complement, I felt the need to clarify that it’s not an analogy for me. I perceive racism quite literally as a disease and believe it should be treated as such. Last…

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You’ve Read a Ta-Nehisi Coates book. Now What?

Easily one of my favorite books of the year, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates isn’t the kind of book you enjoy so much as one you take things away from to process. It specifically challenges (by default, not intent; this particular conversation is one white folks are being allowed to listen to,…

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Racism Is Systemic But I Need You To Say More Than That

It is becoming more and more popular – fashionable, even – to say “racism is systemic.” Which is a good thing because it is; it’s an institutionalized system designed to create patterns of discrimination based on race. My concern is that we don’t all understand what that means or the extent to which it may manifest. Without…

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Secondhand Oppression

I watch every video of a police shooting that gets released. I don’t say that with any measure of pride. It is simply an admission of sad resignation. I don’t suggest or recommend that people watch these videos (unless they want to debate me on the particulars of a case). I don’t feel it’s anyone’s…

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Race Conversations: The Revenge

So the same day I released my essay on race conversations this joke appeared in the latest Modern Family episode. The setup is that Luke got arrested for driving the family car without a license. Clearly I am a man forever nine hours ahead of his time. Seriously, this says a lot about the moment we’re…

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A Conversation On Race Is A Horrible Goal

I’d like to take a moment to speak to the white person who thinks a conversation on race is some kind of goal. And while I have your ear, I’d like to say something to your cousin, White Person Who Wants Me To Explain Racism To Them On The Fly. No, and definitely not. Now,…