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It’s Okay To Call Your Racist Relatives Racist

White discomfort is a necessary component in our effort to defend Black lives

A photograph taken during the 1963 March on Washington (

*While this is a true account, pseudonyms and small fictionalizations were used to protect the identities of the subjects described herein.

I only recently unearthed dormant childhood memories of my Aunt Karen referring to Brazil…




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Matthew John

Matthew John

I primarily write about politics and history. My work has also been published by The Hampton Institute.

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