Posts tagged "White People"

Racial Missteps Aren’t Just For White People

We’ve all done it, haven’t we? We’ve all said something that was so breathtakingly racially or culturally insensitive, that you can barely believe it came out of your mouth. God knows I’ve made my fair number of embarrassing racial missteps. Like the time I told a blue eyed, blond haired Latina that she didn’t look... Read more »

What Do Ferguson and The South Side Have In Common? Nothing.

As our collective national debate swirls around the events in Ferguson and Cleveland, I have a simple story to tell. A story that illustrates why race still matters and why we as a nation have difficulty advancing towards a meaningful dialogue on the subject. Wednesday I was making arrangements with a long time friend about... Read more »

Halloween Blackface Evolution: Jay Z & Beyonce

Pro tip:  If you want to pay homage to your favorite black celebrity or sports figure via your Halloween costume, THIS is the way to do it: (H/T on the image to Vibe Vixen) The unidentified couple on the right really has the Jay Z and Beyonce look down without darkening their skin.  Creative, appropriate... Read more »
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Blackface On Halloween---Again

I knew it was coming.   It does every Halloween. There’s always some offensive blackface costume followed by denials of racism with a side of righteous indignation for people to “lighten up.” Then the perpetrators claim to not understand why their witty costume caused such an uproar—usually after they lose their jobs or have been publicly... Read more »

Writing On Race: Why A White Person Would Live Around Black People

With the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO the ugly specter of race, potential racism and bigotry is once again front page news. Speculation on the shooting is rampant and credible facts are in short supply. Frankly, (and this is putting it mildly) the whole thing is a mess.  A huge nightmarish mess. Make... Read more »

White Gentrification In Chicago

Before anyone gets all huffy, the title of this post is exactly what was in the subject line of the email I received from a reader last month. How could I not open that email and take a look? The reader writes: Hi, I’ve been trying to research gentrification history in Chicago and came across... Read more »
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Who Are YOU To Judge My Blackness?

Why is it when some white people refers to a black person as “practically white” they think it’s a compliment? It’s not. This phrase has been uttered to me several times by either well meaning white friends or in some instances white strangers that think they and I are in the middle of a bonding... Read more »

Non Tradition Markets, Non Traditional Clients, Part 2

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It’s official, WalMart has saturated every suburban and small town market in America. Then of course you don’t have to be a genius to figure that out. As a result, WalMart have set their sights on other emerging retail markets.  Places where the competition is low, the populace is excited about a major retail presence... Read more »

Non Tradition Markets, Non Traditional Clients

You may have noticed that people tiptoe around issues of race in this country. And for good reason. One man’s joke is another man’s insult. Yet back in the day, Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live walked the line between brilliant satire and scathing commentary. I am nowhere near as gifted and funny as Mr.... Read more »
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