White people: we created Trump

White people: 9/11 was done to us. We did 11/9 to ourselves. My black LGBTQ friends told me Trump was coming 11/9, but it was too horrifying to believe. I could not accept white supremacy would win. I knew the risks of the first election without Voter Protection in place. Still, I thought patriarchy would finally get its comeuppance and Keep reading!

I’m finally getting over my Trump rally hate hangover

I’ve had the weekend to rest following my arrest for disturbing the peace (irony at its finest) at the St. Louis Trump Rally. The hate hangover is subsiding and many white people on my Facebook feed have moved on to liking each other’s selfies. Some took a moment to liken protester actions to fascism. Most didn’t say a word, I assume Keep reading!

Racial profiling alive and well in St. Louis

Amber Alert: snow shovel STOLEN A neighbor blasted the following email to 375 residents in my neighborhood: “About 15 minutes ago, I confronted a young man randomly going door-to-door through our neighborhood asking to shovel walks. He is carrying the snow shovel he stole from my front porch. Please do not give him business. I followed his tracks in the Keep reading!

Confederate flag has only ever meant oppression

I cannot believe we are still talking about the confederate flag allegedly representing Southern pride and heritage. Quoting Ishann Tharoor from the Washington Post, “Americans are finally accepting what many believe it has represented all along: not heritage, nor pride, nor a badge of Southern identity, but a regime of white supremacists who went to war against the Union in order to preserve the inhuman institution of slavery.” Keep reading!

Racism: the fallacy of “the one bad apple”

I attended two anti-racism protests on Father’s Day because, of course. Predominately white activists participated in the “Wake up, Speak up, Act up: A Call to White Fathers and White People of St. Louis” action in Forest Park in the morning. Those driving through the park who would roll their windows down were offered a leaflet asking white people to Keep reading!

Teachable moments about racism: Who are they for?

Teachable moments are for us all I attended the University of Oklahoma for undergrad as well as law school back when big shoulder pads were exceeded only by the bigness of your hair. I pledged Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) as a freshman at OU and thwarted all predictions when I became an officer (social director twice & V.P. in charge Keep reading!

Grown woman okay blaming parents for self-absorption, racism

I’m self-absorbed, so it makes perfect sense that I can’t relate to the experience of any other human being unless it touches my life personally. I can totally understand why so many people extoll the virtues of self-absorption. It is just so easy to assume the world revolves around me. I know I’m a grown woman, but my parents did Keep reading!

Why protest? #FaceRacism

Why protest an RV show? Why protest anywhere? The point is to reach as many people as possible to have the biggest impact. Besides, some of those recreational vehicles are bigger and nicer than my house. Who wouldn’t want to fart around inside a $500,000 recreational vehicle? Protest is appropriate anywhere and nowhere. The venue is simply a means, not Keep reading!

How a white ally can fight racial inequality

Are you a white ally who hates racism but doesn’t know what to do about it? A close friend asked me to write about what a “lazy liberal”, whose heart aches for the marginalized in our St. Louis community, can do to show support for racial equality. She wanted to know whether the only way to get involved was to Keep reading!

Racial double standard: who gets the benefit of the doubt?

WHY is it so hard for some people to admit there is a racial double standard in the U.S.? We see double standards with all sorts of situations. Tall people get more credit than short people. Pretty people are chosen for jobs over less attractive people. Babies are cute and old people smell. (Actually, babies and old people both smell Keep reading!