“This is not shame. This is cringing each time I hear somebody say the word ‘makeup’ as if it is a curse word.”
Sometimes all a person needs is another human being who is respectful enough to honor the name they have chosen to go by.
I am both emotional and sensitive – traits that make me highly qualified to live, love, express, and explore as my authentic self.
Like so much of anti-Black policies that exist in the United States today, the creation of Black neighborhoods began with slavery.
They say that “you can’t love someone else until you’ve learned to love yourself,” but for me, in many ways, the opposite was true.
The family tree assignment, like so many others, assumes that everyone has the same experience – one that doesn’t include having your heritage ripped apart by colonization, slavery, imperialism, and other oppressive forces.
The best thing you can do to help somebody who struggles with triggering is to learn about their particular situation as best you can, and then give them whatever love and support you are able to give.
The idea that men have to prove that they’re not barbaric beasts is incredibly insulting to every human on the planet.
Poor people are forced by society to justify our existence. If we fit in with the stereotypes and poverty myths, we’re screwed. If we don’t, we’re also screwed.
What if your most authentic self – isn’t easygoing? What if there are very real reasons why you erected clear boundaries in your life and learned how to articulate your needs?
“Language is one of the most powerful ways to create change or uphold oppression for that very reason.”
I think we need to stop pushing people to love their bodies completely before they’ve even had a chance to apologize and make friends with them.
These words are united by a hurtful message: Black people don’t deserve to be treated with respect or regarded as fully human. And we need to stop saying them.
Here’s a look at just some of the ways our internalized biases add up to devastating consequences for lives, communities and society.
There is this unspoken Church of Positivity dogma that pushes us toward constant optimism.
Sometimes becoming a parent feels out of my reach.