There's a wordy meme that's been going around, the point of which is something to the effect of I won't think less of you because of who you vote for. My own husband shared this meme, and it's taken everything in me not to publicly reply to his post, Sorry, honey, but I disagree with … Continue reading Voting Is a Statement of Values
Never Forget, But Also Pay Attention
Of course, I remember where I was on September 11, 2001. I was home with my five-week-old son, and as the day ticked on, I became more and more afraid for his future. We now call this day Patriot Day. A patriot is defined as one who loves and supports their country. I've always loved … Continue reading Never Forget, But Also Pay Attention
How Not To Write About Racism
As a writer of creative nonfiction, it’s imperative that I think about my own role in anything I write. Am I a participant or an observer? Or am I writing from the “hazy territory between insider and outsider perspectives,” as Gabe Montesanti describes in her essay “Inside, Outside, In Between” (Creative Nonfiction, issue 72). This … Continue reading How Not To Write About Racism
The past ten days have been rough. I have never before cried because of an election result, but I have cried multiple times since Hillary Clinton conceded. My body aches from the stress it is now holding. It has been a very long time since I physically held this much stress, and I know how … Continue reading Election Aftermath
Do You See What I See?
Transracial adoptee Angela Tucker recently penned an insightful, thought provoking blog post over at Lost Daughters, in which she dissects the experience of being told after a speaking engagement that she was the “Whitest Black person” an attendee knew. She says she hears this sort of thing often, and that she tries to give people … Continue reading Do You See What I See?