An Open Letter to My Non-Black Friends, but White Folks Especially
by Robert Babs
PLEASE DON’T MESSAGE ME ABOUT HOW BAD YOU FEEL AND HOW YOU’RE “THERE FOR ME” IN ALL OF THIS MADNESS
When it comes to the many difficulties life relentlessly throws at us, we all process and grieve differently. Over several hours, early on a Saturday morning, seated at my dining table, I did some thinking. Then I did some crying. Then wrote some words, which may have included more crying, but not as much. Continue reading OPINION: Before You Text Me, Your Black Friend… Don’t.
by Enrique Cerna, Jini Palmer, and Marcus Harrison Green
We planned to wait for ideal production conditions, but giving a platform to the voices who need it most can’t wait (and if John Legend can perform from his living room, why can’t we)! The South Seattle Emerald, in partnership with Town Hall Seattle, is pleased to present the debut episode from our pilot season of Life On the Margins. Every other week, Enrique Cerna, Jini Palmer, and Marcus Harrison Green will strive to empower, elevate, and amplify stories not just about marginalized communities, but from within, and alongside them. We hope you enjoy listening (Jini and Marcus’s mics are thankfully in the mail)! Continue reading Life on the Margins Episode 1: Racial Politics and the Coronavirus Pandemic
by Ijeoma Oluo
This is a transcript of a speech delivered at the 45th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2018. The event was sponsored by Seattle Colleges, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle.
Like many black children, I was raised with tales of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much of that narrative — at home, in school, in television and in film — centered around Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence in his fight for racial equality. Continue reading Non-Violence in a Violent World