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Hi everyone. If you’re like me and are feeling sad, frustrated, and helpless over the continuing systemic racism in America, here are some ways to become proactive.


11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism

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Defeating racism, tribalism, tolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.

~ Ban…

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9 Black Character Stereotypes to Avoid in Your Writing

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Congratulations, you’re writing a story with a diverse set of characters. This is a great thing and needs to be supported. A fear of political correctness mustn’t stop writers from creating characters from other races, religions or walks of life. Writing from beyond your own experience takes a little bit more thought and work, but that’s our job, right?

The first step to writing non-white characters is understanding the mistakes of the past. So here’s my checklist for avoiding the most common black character stereotypes:

  1. Angry Black Woman/man: This character is often angry for no reason and there for comic effect. We get the pursed lipped, finger clicking, head wobbling ‘sassy’ black woman, who bursts into the scene and then disappears after we’ve finished laughing. The haranguing wife/mother/grandmother all feature. Then the black man is the loud, swearing, angry figure, who may seem violent and threatening. The angry black person…

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Dear White Authors: Here’s Why You Suck at Writing POC

Coco by Monthly Press - a Dara Crawley Project

Lately in my writer’s groups and circles I’ve been seeing a lot of white writers saying that they feel as though they can’t write POC, or it will be inherently seen as offensive. They bemoan POC as being controlling and over sensitive, or even rightfully concerned, but that it shouldn’t be that way. White authors, they posit, shouldn’t have to fear that their work will be taken the wrong way. They didn’t  mean it that way. They are really trying, or they’ll just only write white people then. The story I see is they’re told by friends, editors, etc. that they shouldn’t write POC as a white person. How goddamn un-American blah blah blah. The funny thing is if they looked around plenty of white folk are writing great and enjoyable POC characters that are praised on the page and screen. So what gives? Why can they write POC and…

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Intersex Awareness Day

I’m a day behind. Happy belated Intersex Awareness Day! It’s time to learn about the “I” in LGBTQIA+. Rae wrote a brilliant post with some great links in it. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with Intersex issues, & share your stories if you have any.


Today is Intersex Awareness Day, so let’s talk about the “I” in LGBTQIAP+!

I don’t actually know anyone that identifies as intersex so if you do or know someone that does, please link some resources in the comments below. I found two articles from Everyday Feminism that might also be helpful to anyone who wants to learn more.

If you were to Google “intersex” right now, this is what would come up:

“A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definition so female or male”

I don’t really like this definition to be honest (although it really isn’t my place to judge). I don’t like the term “doesn’t seem to fit the typical” I don’t like when members of this community are referred to as if they are not normal…

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Bullshit on the Internet

Diversity is a good thing. It ensures the survival of our species. It increases the likelihood of healthy offspring.

Plus, if everyone were the same, life would be boring!!

Check out the video in this post – it’s a fantastic poem by a fantastic poet!


The other day I saw a tweet that said Diversity = white genocide.

First of all, I’m not sure if this person knows what genocide is. No one is going around killing white people just for the hell of it.

Second, do people still not realize that a group of white people can be diverse? If you don’t know that diversity includes more than just race and gender, then you don’t know what diversity is. There are a ton of factors that make people diverse including hair color, eye color, personality, ancestry, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, education level….you get the point right?

Just for fun, I’ll leave you with this:

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