This is the first time in 17 years that the month of August is not filled with anticipation for a new academic year. It’s the first time I am not purchasing new pencils, new folders or new binders. It’s the first time I did not anxiously wait to receive my class schedule. It’s the first time I did not need to plan a first-day-of-class outfit. … Continue reading Now Everything Begins
When I received the email that I was chosen to intern for the Democratic National Convention I couldn’t contain my excitement. I felt that I was going to be part of something amazing. I would be part of pushing our country toward something so unbelievably progressive – our first female president. I also knew that I would play a part in stamping out one of the … Continue reading Will All the White Folks Please Stand Up?
I want to start by saying that 13TH by Ava Duvernay is an amazing documentary, but I mean, when it comes to Duvernay, the woman behind Selma, we don’t really expect anything less. The documentary starts out by explaining the 13th Amendment, which was the amendment that formally abolished slavery, but there was a loophole. The loophole said that if someone committed a crime, they could lose … Continue reading The 13TH Amendment
A lot of people would consider me confident. I am confident, but sometimes I feel small, weak and inferior. Often, when I ask for things from the people I love the most I feel the worst. I feel like a burden, I feel scared and I feel straight up undeserving. I used to blame these feelings on the unexplained phenomena that makes a person whose life is … Continue reading Discovering Your Worth
****Disclaimer: some people’s feelings may get hurt**** I’ve recently felt very alone. I have plenty of friends and my life is truly fabulous, but I come from a place where many of my very best friends are white. With all the insane #BLM things happening and police brutality, I’m not really able to explain to them how I feel, and they also don’t really ask. … Continue reading Where Do I Go From Here?
A lot of times I hear people say, “Go back to where you came from.” Believe us, we would if we could. Does no one understand that? I would go somewhere, anywhere, I would leave this place, but my people and I literally have nowhere to go and we are unable to fathom where we could go, thanks to the trans-atlantic slave trade. Do you think that we … Continue reading I’d Leave If I Knew Where To Go.
Yesterday we found out that #AltonSterling was murdered by white police. So, today when I woke up late, I decided not to rush to work. Because I knew that if I rushed, I would speed, and speeding could lead to potentially getting pulled over by the cops, and then I could possibly die. So, I said, fuck that, and took my time. Does it make you … Continue reading #TroiWilliams