Tag: racism

March 2, 2017 – Don’t Call Me Halfbreed

I posted this on my Facebook wall today: Someone struck up a conversation while in line at a store. “Wow, you are very unique looking. What are you? It’s hard to tell, but I’m gonna guess you are mixed, a halfbreed, right? That’s gotta be rough right now.” Today I sat in silence. Reflected on…
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February 18, 2017 – Snippets/You People

The term, “you people” has haunted me since 1979. I grew up in Germany. On an Army base. With Army Brats. We did not judge each other based on skin color. I was never defined as, You People, until I came to the U.S. I was married to an American G.I. A white man. I’m sure…
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February 5, 2017 – Snippets/Misplaced Religion

I have to use the word misplaced as opposed to lost, when it comes to religion. I grew up on a military base with a chapel that served the religious needs of active duty service members and their dependents. We had two denominations, Catholic and Protestant. I grew up as a Protestant. From an early…
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January 18, 2017 – Half-Breed, High Yella, Mixed, and Redbone

What loathsome labels – half-breed, high yella, mixed, and redbone. I’ve spent a lifetime trying to figure out where I belong. Not quite black enough, not quite white enough, too much black, too much white. I have no defined race I belong to. I am an OTHER on applications and forms, or as of late…
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Untitled – First of a new series

I am writing a series of poems that will be accompanied by a piece of art. That necessary intimacy of mouth to ear, whispered revelations, not soapbox fragile slats breaking under the weight of a forced belief, one must believe what others hold true. We’re standing under the canopy of sun unfiltered by clouds, in…
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Strange Fruit

I began an art project a while back, experimenting with several dimensions to raise my vision from the canvas. I am in the second stage of this project I call, Strange Fruit. I teach a class at the University of Tampa called Mass Media and Society and came across a video a couple of years…
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This young black man…

opened doors for discourse. Last night after working on my newest painting in the Colors series, I decided to spend a bit of time on Facebook as I’ve been doing less and less of that these days. I do seem to be spending more time dedicated to my creative side. I knew the posts and…
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The end of life a mistake?

Read This I’m not sure what direction to go in with this story as I’m all over the place with it. So ideally, one might see this as a race issue. No. Then of course there is the idea that this took place in a neighborhood of “color.” No. Here’s what has me scratching my…
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It’s cyclical…and we’re back to it

Check out the Magazine Article! Double speak while repeating a practice that has been prevalent since about 1441, however it became quite common in theater in the early 1800’s and in film in the 1930’s. So, fast forward to 2013… It isn’t like the advertising industry (print/Internet) has not been actively altering the level of “black”…
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It could be worse

Okay, I’m sure not many of my readers will be surprised at what this post is about, however, in light of something I read on Facebook today, there will be a bit of a twist on it. Yes, I’m addressing the Oscars. I did not watch it live, I chose to watch it on Hulu…
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