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OPINION: Before You Text Me, Your Black Friend… Don’t.

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.

Non-Violence in a Violent World

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