“I’m Now As Poor as I was Before” — Prison-Created Poverty

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2016-11-29T17:39:11+00:00

No one likes to talk about the fact that “doing time” leaves the majority of returning citizens worse off than before they were incarcerated. Prior to my imprisonment, I had a very successful consulting business and I lived a solidly middle-class life. I worked hard, I [...]

I Looked at a Rapist In The Mirror and Saw Him Smiling Back

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2016-11-29T17:39:12+00:00

*This piece has been published with permission of the referenced ex-partner. Other relationships may have been slightly altered to protect specific identities.* The first time I was sexually assaulted I must have been 9 or 10 years old. I was violated by two family [...]

On Bill Cosby, Victim Blaming, and What it Means to be a Rape Survivor

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2016-11-29T17:39:12+00:00

Fourteen years ago, I was raped. It was late fall 2001. I was in the first semester of my 9th grade year in high school. I was14 years old. My parents had just gotten divorced, and I’d recently transferred to a new school district for a [...]

Stay Black and Die: Reckoning with America’s Racism as a Biracial Black Woman

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2016-11-29T17:39:12+00:00

I was a difficult child. In response to my resistance, my mother would often adamantly exclaim, “Well, the only thing you have to do is stay black and die!” I would retort back, “No I don’t!” I understand now that there’s no avoiding either. They’ve now [...]

The Soapbox: When Black Children Aren’t Welcome In White Spaces

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2016-11-29T17:39:12+00:00

Many a Black child has that moment when they learn that certain White spaces are off limits to them. That not only are such spaces unwelcoming, but they can possibly be dangerous. The Black teenagers who attempted to attend a pool party on the White side [...]

I Will Not Be That Black Person You Need Me To Be

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2016-11-29T17:39:13+00:00

We are in the midst of another cycle of oppression boiling over into the streets. In Baltimore, protests have erupted over the death of Freddie Gray who died a week after being arrested by police and suffering a broken spine. Protesters took to the streets [...]