Your curiosity does not take precedence over another person’s comfort

“Recently, a friend of mine asked me why people of color often get defensive when White people ask where they are from. She had a new friend whose heritage she was unsure of. She genuinely wanted to learn more about him and asked where he was from. Her question led to a disagreement, hurt feelings, and offense on both sides.

For people who don’t fit the stereotypical social expectations of an American identity — whether because of their skin color, accent, or any number of factors — this question can come up a lot.” — Bridgette L. Hylton

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‘Vaccine hunters are the result of short supply, disorganization, inadequate sign-up systems, dire circumstances, and crowded hospitals’

“Thousands of Americans are now part of the “vaccine hunter” phenomenon, an online movement of people trading intel about where, when, and how to get vaccinated. Some are motivated by what they feel is a lethargic vaccine rollout effort. Others are driven by reports that hundreds, if not thousands of untouched doses have been thrown away since vaccination began last December. These groups have joined an effort to bring vaccines to those facing innumerable accessibility hurdles such as unequal access to technology, language barriers, and a lack of transportation, which have caused lower vaccination rates in some Black and Latino…

Like millions of others, he spent much of last week shivering in the cold darkness

“Not only did Cruz scapegoat his daughters for his grotesque selfishness, but when he returned home to repair his image — that is, hand out a few bottles of water and get a tongue bath from Fox News — he did so at the risk of others. Even the state of Texas has no Covid-19 restrictions for travelers, a sitting senator returning from another country should be setting a better example. Cruz could even have spent his quarantine time learning how to help his fellow Houstonians and Texans in need.” — Michael Arceneaux

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There comes a time when we can’t look the other way

“I am a Black woman. And, for me, these posts felt like a punch in the gut. They inferred that I mattered as a means of putting a candidate others…

Understanding sympathetic dominance

“Messages permeating modern society make us well aware of the adverse effects of racism on mental health, but what if I said it didn’t stop there? What if I said…

My interviews these days have a few more curveballs

“For the first time in more than a year, I’ve been playing the field for a heat check on my market value and other opportunities. I’ve noticed that things are…

Their experience only highlights how much harder it is for Black people to find mental health help

“Let’s be clear, I am open-minded about therapy. But my mother’s words resonated more than ever when I started marital counseling. I knew going in that our situation was “complicated.” We are a biracial couple, we live in the South, my husband is divorced, and there is an age difference. My husband suggested going to couples therapy from the onset of our marriage to keep our marriage solid. But the construct of who we were, in whole or in parts, consistently conjured up emotional ghosts and biases in the therapists who treated us. I quickly learned that it’s difficult for…

The narrative created robust fears and sensational headlines

Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy, director Stanley Nelson’s latest documentary, is both a reminder and an eye-opening account of the horrors of crack and the country’s push to criminalize Black people struggling with drug addiction... Drawing from anecdotes from the Black and Brown people impacted by the “war on drugs” and archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, the doc illustrates the ties between Reagan’s White House to Nicaragua and how a party drug for the elite was weaponized by police and the medical field to separate Black mothers from their newborns. The latter gave way to the myth of…

Talking smack at work is nothing new, but here’s how to handle it

“Discussing discrimination directed toward us in the workforce is almost like beating a never-ending drum that few folks actually hear. Essence magazine recently conducted a survey that revealed 45% of Black women say they experience racism in their place of employment most often compared to all other areas of their lives. Discrimination at our jobs can include being overlooked for promotions in favor of our less experienced White or non-Black co-workers, not being seen as credible as our White colleagues, being told we’re not social enough, being micromanaged, and microaggressions such as being cut off or talked over in staff…

Setting the record straight

Dear Momentum Reader,

We have taken down the post at this url at the request of the publication it originally linked to. Because we value transparency, we would like to provide more context, and shed some light on the processes we use on this platform.

As well as publishing new writing, Momentum highlights and drives awareness, traffic, and engagement to quality writing on anti-Black racism elsewhere on Medium, and sometimes outside of the platform. We call such posts, in which we quote and link back to the original piece that we admire, “reblogs.”

Posts of this type have been a common practice since…

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