Undermining communities (and people) of color is as American as apple pie

Photo of Baltimore, Maryland by Baron Cole on Unsplash

The recent and shamefully overdue acknowledgment of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, has led me to ponder how other Black towns have been (or are being) destroyed by America’s White power structure. Sadly, I’ve discovered that dismantling our communities and devaluing the people who live there is ongoing. The weapons of…

In the wake of the Capitol Riot and at the dawn of a new Presidency, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. take on a new meaning.

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As our country still reels from the terror of witnessing a white nationalist mob force its way into the halls of the U.S. Capitol built by enslaved Americans (whose descendants had to clean up afterward), this treasonous attack has shone a light on the intrinsic nature of our democracy. …

75 years ago, Black veterans had risked their lives for America only to return home to the subordinate caste

WWII Surrender Ceremony aboard U.S.S. Missouri, September 2, 1945, National Archives photo via Wikimedia Commons

World War II officially came to an end 75 years ago when Japan formally surrendered on September 2, 1945 during a brief ceremony aboard the Navy battleship USS Missouri, which was anchored in Tokyo Bay. Amid much pomp and circumstance, stoic Japanese leaders signed the Instrument of Surrender as did…

Our nation’s classrooms have always been at the center of social and political battles but it’s time to change that.

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Fall is coming and the debate around whether we should open our nation’s school buildings or keep them closed amid a pandemic remains a heated topic. Viewpoints are falling along political party lines and that’s not surprising. …

Homogenous communities are often the result of racist beliefs and policies that never went away.

Cape May, NJ, photo via Pixabay

When my family moved to the Washington, DC suburbs in 1970, the White family that purchased the house next door decided not to move in after they discovered we were Black.

All of the houses in our neighborhood were new construction — beautiful, spacious colonials with large backyards. Our almost-nextdoor…

No one listened in the 1960s, I hope they’re listening now

Protestors in Washington, DC on June 6, 2020, following the police killing of George Floyd (photo taken by the author)

If there’s one compelling period in modern history that can teach us about the roots of systemic racism and the sheer exasperation of black Americans, the 1960s is arguably that point in time. …

Kelly Porter

Soon 2B Author. Storyteller. Writing about life lessons & telling history from a Black perspective. Trusting God in everything. www.kellyvporter.com

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