Category Archives: Unpopular Opinion

Friendly Allies vs. Unchecked Foes

The Pacific Northwest is really white. How white? Well…..

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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 all the microagressions in between. I also have to deal with a great deal of closeted racism that has gone unchecked due to the lack of non-whites the white folks here interact with. I don’t know. It might not be a regional thing. But it sure feels like it sometimes. I don’t know how else to explain it. Read the rest of this entry

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 Bunsen burners in more than one classroom. We had a dark room where we developed our own pictures from the cameras we made. We had two PE teachers, but I was able to opt out of PE and take dance instead. I felt like my opportunities were endless. My children will not have those same opportunities at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt. There are limited classrooms to share with 10 grade levels. The PE teacher is forced to teach 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 year olds in the same room. The same room where they have 15 minutes a day to eat lunch. The same room where they hold assemblies. And that is just a small piece of the problematic puzzle. Like many other (P)K-8s in the city, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt is not okay Read the rest of this entry

Throwback Thursday: Oh SNAP!

Hey y’all! It’s been a long while. I decided to repost this blog I wrote back in 2012 in light of conversations about limiting those who receive food stamps. This time around, the controversy is whether or not they should be able to buy steak and seafood and I just wanted to share this in light. Please note that the dollar amounts may be 3 years old but most of the information is relatively comparable. Read the rest of this entry

So, About That Wage Gap…..

“It’s time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is the older women get, the less money they make. The highest percentage of children living in poverty are in female-headed households. It’s inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don’t…..It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.” – Patricia Arquette
Source: Time

If you haven’t heard, there’s a big fuss over Miss Arquette’s speech at the Oscars last night. So much fuss that the above referenced article from Time.com is asking everyone to stop giving her a hard time because of it. That said, I won’t give her a hard time. I won’t even address her. I will simply explain why what she said upset so many people(other than the implicit tone that the fight gays and people of color has ended). And don’t worry, this will be short sweet and to the point. Read the rest of this entry

Black Dopeness: A Poetic Piece of Prose

Why are you so bothered by my existence?
Why

The more I love me
The more you hate me for it
The more I succeed
The more you want to see me fail Read the rest of this entry

Cop Killers vs. Killer Cops

It’s always fascinating to see how quickly blame shifts. As soon as there is an opportunity to point and say “Well look at what they did,” the weak and irresponsible pounce. It’s like with my kids. My son will do something wrong to my daughter and get in trouble but as soon as he finds something she’s done wrong he starts the, “But Payton did…” blues. Mind you, they are 6 and 7, but grown folks use the same tactics.

This weekend I heard of a Black man shooting two police officers and I knew what would follow. Blame shift city. Suddenly the anti-police brutality protestors are to blame for the shooting. A shooting only one man committed. But like all groups of people, when there is a threat to few, the whole gets defensive and wants to protect themselves from suffering the same plight. It’s natural. Read the rest of this entry

Destroying Christmas, One Crappy Song at a Time

How to be a Better Rapper

So, you wanna be a successful rapper? Regardless of how you choose to measure your personal success, I’m pretty sure a part of it is getting people to listen to your music and like it. Some of y’all think that means spending hours on end in the studio recording dope tracks. But there are a few things you need to do before investing the profit you made from that pound of weed you sold into studio time. Read the rest of this entry

Nigga, Nigger, N-Word

In today’s world where things like Bitch Media thrive and are seen as a source of unity and empowerment amongst women, it just tickles me pink that people insist that Black people stop using the word nigga. Piers Morgan posted a piece Monday suggesting that it is up to Black people to end the use of the n-word. So of course, I had to share my thoughts on the subject. Again.

Man Up Little Boy – Throwback Thursday

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I’d post a blog I wrote back in 2010 on my first personal blog. It’s still relevant today so enjoy. I might make this a weekly thing.

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Christopher takes his 3-year-old son CJ to the park. He watches his little boy run around, slide down the slide, and play with all the other kids. Suddenly, CJ runs up to his father in tears.
His father asks, “What’s wrong?”
CJ replies, “I fell down and hurt my knee.”
“Suck it up. Be a man and stop crying boy,” is his father’s response. “There’s nothing wrong with you.”

Crystal picks her 5-year-old son Damon up from school. He looks upset, so his mother asks what’s wrong.
“Malik was messing with me,” Damon says with tears in his eyes. “He pushed me on the playground.”
Crystal replies, “Boy stop crying, next time push his ass back. Don’t be a punk.”

Scenes like this play out in the Black community every day. Little boys are being taught by their parents to bottle up their feelings and defend themselves with aggression. I’m sure you probably know where I’m going with this, but I’m still going to go there because we still haven’t got the message.
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