Not Our Problem to Solve

Dear Hillary, It’s me again–your younger black Wellesley sister down here in Memphis, TN. As you begin DNC convention week, I’d like to offer a few thoughts on what I, as a black woman, would really like to hear. And, perhaps more importantly, what I would like not to hear…from anyone…at all. In brief, don’t ask us to “come together” …

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Are you not yet free?

There are quite a few free negroes in Memphis. I am proud to be one of them. It is a risky path to take, but there is nothing like freedom. I wake up every morning knowing that no matter what, I’m going to be my authentic self. I learned the hard way that swallowing the poison of racial microagressions can make you …

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Being a Wellesley Woman Could Get Me Killed

Dear Hillary, I’ve been thinking about Sandra Bland a lot lately. I’ve been thinking about her more than usual. I think about her every time a police car appears in my mirror. I check my speed. I hope my lights are all working. Being pulled over for any reason horrifies me since Ms. Bland’s death because I saw myself in …

Lead Like You See Us

Dear Hillary, I need your help. I’ve been struggling during this exceedingly long campaign season, and I think you’re the only person who can resolve the challenge I’m having. I imagine you have black people advising you–black women even. But I also know how pragmatic you are. I’m also quite pragmatic. But our times don’t call for pragmatism. I understand …

Trust is (Also) an Action

The first time I facilitated a Collaborative Action Network meeting, I knew I was in a room full of people who wanted dramatic change in our community. I assumed that all we had to do was clarify our roles and get to it. I was wrong. The idea that “collaboration moves at the speed of trust” is commonly shared in …

Dear Hillary, I’ve got some thoughts…

Dear Hillary, People have some strong feelings about you. I don’t. For some reason, I’m neither foaming at the mouth with hate or drooling with admiration. I do respect you. I am quite excited at the idea of voting for a woman for president. But there are a great many things that anger, frustrate, and concern me as a black …