The Cost

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Rilla Askew | 2014 | 21 minutes (5,065 words) ? When my godson Trey was a toddler growing up in Brooklyn, every white woman who saw him fell in love with him. He was a beautiful child, sweet natured, affectionate, with cocoa-colored skin and a thousand-watt smile. I remember sitting with…

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School with Safietou

She told me her heart was black and cold, before she poured out its contents as we waited for the train to take us back to the Bronx. I had met her some 30 minutes earlier, completely by accident, though not for nothing. Her daughter noticed us first, B and I, as we boarded the same […]

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Not All of Our Allies Are Our Friends: Eleanor Roosevelt and White Liberal Conceits and Deceits

Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo will murder you fairly quickly. “Allies” who insist on posting ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬ and taking up too much space/voice at marches and arguing over straw men (just to play devil’s advocate) and always knowing what’s best for you and how you should feel about disenfranchisement they will never experience boil you to […]

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EMERGENCY ACTION: The Coalition of Affinity Group Student Leaders and Students of Color

Originally posted on The Coalition at Columbia Law :
Dear Columbia Law School Faculty and Administrators, We are writing to you as students who have been deeply affected by the recent events in Ferguson, in New York, and across the country. As people of color, we have always had to maintain an awareness of the ways in…

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Gut Check.

The only regrets I have in life today spring from decisions I made to put off doing the things I knew I wanted and needed to do in favor of things people told me I should do. There are some opportunities you never get back. The greatest blessings I have in life today spring from […]

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