Black Folks are at the Bottom of the Racial Hierarchy (and yes, there is a racial hierarchy)

Black folks are at the bottom of the racial hierarchy and yes, there is a racial hierarchy. Fight me. The trendy trifecta of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has familiarized most of the country with basic concepts of race and racism. Most are whitewashed and watered down, but there’s at least a conversation. At the policy... Continue Reading →


Black Panther’s Jabari Tribe and Black Men

Black Panther's weekend premiere was spectacular. Everyone has been talking about the movie and it's cast of characters since the first nationwide showing. All kinds of opinions are flying around, good and bad, but there seems to be one thing we can all agree on. M'Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe is fine as all... Continue Reading →

Friendly Allies vs. Unchecked Foes

The Pacific Northwest is really white. How white? Well….. Having lived in this sea of whiteness the majority of my life, I’ve had to face many battles with white supremacy. Being called “nigger” by a white relative, people avoiding elevator rides or sitting next to me on the bus, hair touching, work place discrimination, and... Continue Reading →

A Black History Month #WCW Dedication

On this first Wednesday of Black History Month I wanted to write about the amazing Black women who came before me. This is dedicated to: Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Ida B. Wells, Phillis Wheatly, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, my mother, Wendy Battles And the thousands of others who put pen to paper and paved... Continue Reading →

Enough is Enough

Portland Public Schools is currently examining issues of inequity, looking to re-balance schools across the city. An advisory committee was formed and with community input, plan to guide the school board toward a solution. When I went to Harriet Tubman Middle School we had a marine biology program. I took zoology. We dissected animals. We had... Continue Reading →

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