Trump’s Executive Order to ban “diversity training” and Critical Race Theory shows why racism is our country’s national anthem

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Every day I am reminded that racism has always been this country’s national anthem. Yes, we hear buzzwords like be an “#ally” or “#anti-racist”, but true progress will require more than just hashtags and slogans. A Monmouth poll in 2020 indicated that 67% of Americans believe racial discrimination is a major issue in the United States. A problem that we face is that racism is so deep and pervasive to collectively end racism will require more than having town hall meetings on race. …


Black women need clothes that fit them not European body sizes

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Have you copped something from Beyonce’s new Ivy Park x Adidas collection yet? I was glad to finally see Adidas have some clothing that would fit my curves, chest, and that “junk in the trunk.” Throughout my childhood, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried on jeans that fit my waist but not my booty. Or fit my butt, but left a gap around my waist. Or was too tight in the crotch, not tight enough on my thighs, or just didn’t fit anywhere.

Some people say that Black women’s bodies are too thick, too busty, too curvy…


This one thing stopped me from catching a case that day

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Ihave never forgotten the day I went to get my first professional shampoo, condition, and trim on my natural hair. To save some coins, I was doing my own hair at the time. So when I went to a salon, I was excited about getting a fresh look.

But after looking at my natural hair in disgust the hairdresser loudly stated: “We Don't Do Your Kind of Hair!”

“What do you mean you don’t do my kind”, I said.

With an annoying look on her face, the lady said, “We didn’t learn how to do hair like that…we don’t even…


People can still be nice and prejudice

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Have you ever been stopped by the police?

Or stopped in a rural town?

The feeling of being stopped in a rural town with few people who look like you, or who have your cultural background was not like anything I had ever experienced before. I am a Black woman, and I will never forget being stopped by the police in a rural town. It was a kind of strange pleasure the police officer had in stopping me and keeping me on the side of the road.

I always tried to get out of that rural town before the sun…


Yes, the “Gorilla Glue” incident was bound to happen

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Like many people, I sometimes spend my day scrolling on YouTube and social media looking at natural hair videos. I have been natural for several years and I have tightly coiled and wavy hair that reaches my mid-back.

One day, I noticed a TikTok video of a Black woman using “Gorilla Glue” spray on her hair. Yes, Gorilla Glue the adhesive spray. Not the hair spray — on her sleek bun. The video has gone viral with over 19 million views on her TikTok page.

The problem is that after using Gorilla Glue her hair has not moved in over…


I was sold a fake history about Black women

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As a little girl from the South, I always remembered Black History Month was a way for some people to feel better about themselves because they had a token Black friend. These same people still believe that, since they watched the movie Black Panther, they have done their part to help the Black community.

Even now during Black History Month, I have seen a steady increase of Black people on TV and in commercials. …


Just yell it louder for the people in the back

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Amanda Gorman is the 22-year old girl who walked up to the podium at the inauguration of 46th President Joe Biden, and delivered her poem “The Hill We Climb.” She is the National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest in history. Her poem called for healing at a time the country needed to hear it most.

And this meant calling out privilege by the next generation — in front of a new President, a new Madame Vice President, and in front of Mike Pence.

C-Span

What has been our norm…


It’s finally time people address the elephant in the room

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Almost everyone in the U.S. has come in contact with money. From pennies to quarters and dollar bills money gives and limits access to opportunities.

On January 25, 2021, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the Biden administration is seeking to hurry up the process of putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Previous efforts to put Tubman on the $20 bill were stalled by then President Donald Trump who suggested in 2016 that she be placed on a $2 bill. The $2 bill wasn't even being printed by the Treasury Department. …


Racial “tropes” used to describe women of color can produce irreparable harm to how women of color perceive of themselves and in their self-esteem

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How a person sees someone’s identity can greatly impact how they will be treated in society. Women of color often have to contest the challenges of racial and gender discrimination in ways that their racial counterparts do not. Racial “tropes” or figures of speech that society uses to describe women of color can produce irreparable harm to how women of color perceive of themselves and in their self-esteem. A survey by L’Oreal Paris indicated:

30% white women to 21% of Hispanic described themselves as successful…25% of white women and 32% of Hispanic women as beautiful.

When disaggregated by race Black…


You can’t protect and disregard women’s bodies at the same time — love our beauty and humanity

Megan Thee Stallion, Season 46 of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL)

Megan Thee Stallion’s performance on Saturday Night Live (SNL) sparked a fire that’s been burning a long time. Megan Thee Stallion whose government name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete is a 25-year old rapper from Houston, Texas. During the 46th session premiere of SNL and her musical debut on the show, she highlighted the death of Breonna Taylor and the decision of the Attorney General Daniel Cameron not to indict any police officers associated with her death.

Dorothy Hines, Ph. D.

An educator, award-winning writer, and writer architect. I write about race, culture, Black women, and being a minimalist. I live life to the fullest.

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