I created my Medium account in 2018. Over the past two years, I’ve used this space to theorize and explore issues of race, gender, oppression, and media representation. I’m grateful to everyone who tuned in to read every story. Who shared my words with their own community, or who lovingly pushed back on some spicier things I wrote. I appreciate you all.

As we all know, 2020 has been a year. Mandatory shutdowns and stay-at-home orders have forced me to do some soul-searching. I’ve really had to prioritize what I wanted to do with my life and my resources. Unfortunately…


It doesn’t benefit Black people like you think

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The one-drop rule is one of America’s lasting remnants of slavery. It’s an ideology rooted in white supremacy and anti-Blackness, yet many of us still follow it today. Why?

The one-drop rule is a legal and social racial categorization system that assigns minority status to mixed race individuals. This means if one of your parents is white and the other is Thai, you’re supposed to identify as Thai because Thai is seen as less than white. In the case that both of your parents are non-white (with one being Black), you’re supposed to identify as your Black parent. …


How can we speak out against oppression when our oppressor looks like us?

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Several months ago, I came across a tweet by a Palestinian woman who felt she couldn’t speak out against the Jewish people in Israel who bombed and murdered members of her family. She said doing so would mean others would view her as anti-Semitic. As much as she felt powerless and angry in that situation, the people who oppressed her were also oppressed. Where was her justice?

At the time, I was annoyed (and honestly still am) at the number of “woke” celebrities who claim that cis-hetero Black men were simultaneously the kings of the culture and the most oppressed…


If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, we’ll never have racial unity.

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When I was younger, my mama commented that I would be friends with anybody, and it was true. Teenage me didn’t have standards. I had friends who were Black, white, boy, girl, tall, short, straight, queer, fat, skinny, conservative, liberal. I lived in the dream world where only bad people were racists, not my friends.

As I’ve gotten older, I’m a bit more discerning. The white friend who I used to exchange Bible quotes with everyday in high school, slowly revealed to me his belief that Black people deserved to be murdered in the street for “probable cause.” He added…


Everyone talks about it, but let’s break down what it means

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“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” — Toni Morrison

In the hopes of making cultural theory more accessible, I want to spend some time defining different types of theories. I’ll start with critical race theory since it’s one of my favorites.

Cultural theory is a way of breaking down a culture by looking at institutions. Critical race theory is a set of ideas that we use to explain the institution of race. While race is not real — meaning it does not occur naturally in our society — it has real implications.

How our society…


Let’s put an end to a centuries-long custom

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Black Twitter cycles through the same arguments every year. Lately, it’s about blackfishing — a trend where white women manipulate their hair and facial features to appear to be of African or Hispanic descent. The argument revolves around whether it’s a Black woman’s issue or a biracial woman’s issue.

Historically in the United States, our society has lived by the one-drop rule. The one-drop rule is that a single drop of Black blood makes the person Black. The person can pass as white, but because they have a Black relative (no matter how distant) that person is Black. …


There’s nothing revolutionary about interracial dating

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I’ve seen memes surrounding interracial relationships for years now.

Interracial dating is the cure for America.

Mixed babies will fix racism.

With white people becoming a majority-minority and the percentage of multiracial people in the US growing, many are under the fallacious assumption that racism will be over. If white people can’t be the majority, white supremacy will cease to exist.

Besides history proving you wrong, there’s no better example of why than the Kardashian family. Kim Kardashian has been attacked for over a decade for cosplaying Black womanhood and changing her body to have more stereotypically Black female features…


“I’m not saying we should forget our past, but don’t let the struggle consume our idea of what’s Blackness and what’s not.”

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Every year, I tell myself that I’m going to submit more work to literary journals, and every year I’m excited as journals open their submissions. For the most part, I apply to journals specifically for Black people or people of color since they’re more likely to understand and appreciate the work I create.

When I apply to these journals, I usually read their submission guidelines. For many of them, they want submitted work to describe the Black experience. They advise me to read previously accepted pieces, and when I do, they all read the same.

Slavery. Struggle. Oppression.

I know…


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I’ve been writing on Medium for about a year and a half now. Over that time I’ve written about the need to listen to Black women, protect Black children, and tend to mental health issues in the Black community. My insistence to write about Black people and Black issues has gotten a few comments on my stories as well as my social media posts.

You talk about Black people, but what about white people?

How does this thing apply to white people?

As a white person, I think…

When you say white supremacy is bad, you’re not talking about me…


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As we gear up for the 2020 election and the new decade, a trend that I would love to see die is shaming Black people for existing. Black people can’t enjoy a chicken sandwich, twerking, hair, or breathing without someone coming out of the woodwork to tell us that we’re a detriment to the race or that we need to work on an LLC. Can’t we just enjoy things?

We haven’t even reached 2020, and I’ve already seen Mayor Pete Buttigieg call Black people homophobic for not supporting for him. That assumption is racist first of all. Secondly, the lack…

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