Category: Racism – How I See and Experience It

“Racism is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks (which is what we call “race”), that unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources.” – APHA Past President Camara Jones, MD, PhD, MPH

This series comprises racially motivated experiences I have seen and experienced in my life.

Discernment

It makes me happy that I understand the meaning of discernment and have reached a point in my life where I exercise it with the responsibility it commands. In doing so, I assess situations for what they are, not what they should be, or I wish they were.

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Life Controlled by Fobs

Fobs. They have become gatekeepers to enjoying and completing many of our everyday routines. They (de)activate our cars. (Un)lock our front doors. Demagnetize our offices entrances. They also act as miniature weapons of racial profiling via door clicking.

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Sidewalk Shenanigans

“We can all see the cracks in the sidewalks, and roadways, yet we fail to see the cracks in humanity.” ~ Anthony T. Hincks I have been thinking of writing this blog for quite some time.  I never really cared much about sidewalks until I began studying public health as a graduate student at the University of…

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The Adventures of Airbnb

“It is good people who make good places.” ~ Anna Sewell I once considered myself a homebody.  After finishing graduate school – the first time – marrying Larry, and getting a job in Northern Virginia that required extensive traveling, my time on the road and in the friendly skies increased dramatically. There were fewer days I went…

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Bootstrapping, A Perpetually Incomplete Story

The recipients of SNAP benefits are lazy and undeserving given their poor decision making and thus bleak circumstances.  There is no benefit of the doubt given to individuals starting their lives from a tough spot and needing some assistance in getting to a better situation. The initial thought and reasoning are grounded in malevolence.  The C-suite executives who willfully yet lawfully hire adept accountants and lawyers to exploit the very system that helped them ascend to their prestige are considered very smart, savvy, good guys protecting their hard-earned wealth, among other hypocritical praise. 

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