The Race Chronicles–Movement 4: Old Haunts, New Grace

I returned to America swearing I’d never date a white man. In ten years, I’d come a long way from insisting white people could be trusted. My contempt for their inability to see both their privilege and the pervasiveness of racism was the imprint left behind from thousands of micro- and macro-aggressions—or what my heart … Continue reading The Race Chronicles–Movement 4: Old Haunts, New Grace

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The Race Chronicles—Movement 3: Black Beauty

It was remarkable I ever moved to Laos.  I’d turned down grad school in Hawaii because it was too hot. My adult life had been one extended migration north for cooler temperatures, at some point calling New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Washington state home. I hated hot weather and by extension the beach, tropical vacations, and summer. … Continue reading The Race Chronicles—Movement 3: Black Beauty

The Race Chronicles—Movement 1: Trust

“You can’t trust white people,” went the familiar refrain growing up. It wasn’t said with malice. Rather, it was said with the same matter-of-factness as “look both ways before crossing” or “don’t touch the stovetop.” The implication was “…or you will get hurt.” If anyone could keep up the pretense of caring, it was white people. … Continue reading The Race Chronicles—Movement 1: Trust