When NFL star Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the national anthem at NFL games, there were always people on both sides of the aisle creating arguments about why they were in favor of or against his actions.
But after the quarterback acknowledged that he did not vote in our most recent American presidential election, he saw some of his supporters make a complete 180-degree turn.
Faggot. Pussy. Bitch. Sissy.
I have used all of these words when describing another man. I never used these words to addanything to anyone, but always with the intent to diminish another man’s manhood and correlate him to being “like a girl.” Read more
The first time I read Melissa Harris Perry’s book Sister Citizen, I realized I knew even less than I imagined about what it means to be a woman, and more specifically, a Black woman. Sister Citizen enlarged my world and reminded me of a question I had asked my mother many years ago at church, “Mom, why are there no women pastors at church and in the pulpit?” The answer I received then and the answers I often receive now remain unsatisfactory when discussing gender equality. Yet I must never stop asking them and as an adult I started to seek out answers, devouring books, articles, and speeches by famous feminists and theorists. Read more
This past June in McKinney, Texas, we watched the video of officer Eric Casebolt slam to the ground and place his knee in the back of then 15-year-old Dajerria Becton. Casebolt detained her as other officers attempted to arrest other Black kids who attended an interracial pool party. Becton had the nerve to use her voice and disapprove of the actions of Officer Casebolt and his fellow officers. As the teen lay helpless on the ground in a bikini bottom and top; she cried out, “Someone call my momma.”
As I sat in the audience of the ESPYs Wednesday night and listened to Caitlyn Jenner’s story and acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, one thing was clear: Jenner was not “coming out.” She was “inviting in” a world full of people she thought would never fully embrace and love her. Read more