It is now a year after the murder of George Floyd, and Black people are still exhausted.
“There’s something called racial battle fatigue, and it is the exhaustion that comes from event after event, assault after assault,” says Thema Bryant-Davis, a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and the director of the university’s Culture and Trauma Research Center. “Because although this milestone is very significant, there have been many others right before that and after that.”
When Judge Peter Cahill read off three guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin on Tuesday, much of the world took a collective exhale.
The former Minneapolis police officer — now guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for the murder of George Floyd — is the first officer in Minnesota to be held accountable for killing a Black man, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The public has now seen the troubling video of a Chicago police officer shooting and killing Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latino boy who lived in the city’s Little Village neighborhood.
For Chicagoans, especially for those in Black and Brown communities, the shooting feels like another likely injustice in a long line of cases in which police have killed young Black people — the police killing and subsequent cover-up of the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald offers a high-profile example.
When I was a poor, pregnant 21-year-old, I struggled to afford groceries. I signed up for WIC (a federal food assistance program for women, infants, and children) but it didn’t help me buy any of the fruits and vegetables I’d hoped to incorporate into my diet. The only thing I could buy with my monthly paper checks was cereal (unfrosted Corn Flakes and Cheerios without honey), milk, and beans.
Was I grateful for the help? Yes. But to me, the restrictions on what foods this money could buy showed just how much we, as a society, don’t trust people —…
A new study by Walmart finds that, unsurprisingly, it will take almost a century for Black workers to be equally represented in the private sector.
The study, also cosigned by McKinsey & Company, more specifically states that it would take 95 years for Black employees to reach “talent parity.” In plain English, this means that because Black workers account for 12% of the 125 million U.S. private-sector workers, it would take nearly 100 more years for Black people to represent 12% of those jobs at all levels — from entry-level up to the C-suite.
The report, called “Race in the…
Home is a sanctuary. So when I recently bought and moved into my new one — a small Georgian-style house on Chicago’s South Side, the most immediate question was: What can I do with my backyard?
I knew the backyard I was blessed to grow up in was the kind of space I want to create now for me and my son: welcoming, relaxing, a bit luxurious. And honestly, I wasn’t sure how to even start.
“Have you joined that Facebook group yet?” asks my mama, who has one of the most colorful outdoor spaces I’ve ever seen, complete with…
The recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis outraged the country, sparked global protests, and became the latest symbol of the centuries of systemic violence toward Black Americans. It also reignited calls to defund the police — an idea that may be new to public discussion, but not to the many activists and academics who have pushed for and studied what this significant change could look like nationwide.
On Sunday, nine members of the Minneapolis City Council answered those calls with a vow to defund and dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and to create a new public safety system…
For Darlene Rodrigo, finding the right care for her daughter, Bella, has been a challenge. The sixth grader is nonverbal and has Down syndrome and autism. Despite these obstacles, her family’s hard work has helped Bella to bond with not only her teachers, but also the team who work to provide her with the therapies and assisted technologies that help her communicate.
But isolating during a global pandemic has changed that, and now, the Ontario, California, family is figuring out alternatives.
“I think this quarantine and this whole — I guess you could say — unforced lockdown has left us…
One test didn’t feel like enough. There, standing in my tiny college bathroom, I looked down at the two lines indicating that I was pregnant, and I took a second test. Again, two more lines appeared, and I fell to the floor crying because surely, I thought, my life was over.
Depictions of all the unplanned pregnancies of young mothers I’d seen in my favorite TV shows and movies flashed through my mind — Kerry Washington as a struggling teen mom in Save the Last Dance, the drama surrounding a resort dancer’s pregnancy in Dirty Dancing, Tupac’s “Brenda Got a…
A few months ago, I started to cry and I couldn’t stop.
I had a lot of commitments, too, and I couldn’t stop those either. I’m a journalist, a writer, a social media consultant, an entrepreneur, a mother, a daughter, a big sister, a mentor, and a friend. Like always, I had people counting on me. I had responsibilities. I things I had to do.
So like I always do when my depression hits, I kept going, trying to push through the pain I felt every single day.
I sent emails, interviewed dignitaries, and wrote stories. I managed websites, went…
Arionne Nettles is a lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, a Chicago-based journalist, and a special needs mama.