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Past Is Prologue

White America may be meeting Donald Trump for the first time, but Black people have known him for centuries

Left image is Donald Trump obscured by low lighting, right image is a black and white illustration of a praying Black woman.
Left image is Donald Trump obscured by low lighting, right image is a black and white illustration of a praying Black woman.

“Wade in the water, wade in the water, Children. God’s gonna trouble the water.” — Traditional

“My soul looks back and wonders, how I got over.” — Mahalia Jackson

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Months ago, I turned on the TV and saw a white mom at a protest in Portland dragged across the pavement and abused by the cops who surrounded her, her white flesh handled with no more care than Black flesh is usually afforded in this country. For a moment, my mind flinched from a lifetime of conditioning. I thought, “You can’t do that to a middle-class white woman!” But under a…


This Is Us

On Mary Trump’s ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man’

1.Several years ago, after a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, I took a walk in Central Park with a woman I’d met only a few weeks before. We were mourning a mutual friend who had recently died of alcoholism.

She and Alan had been friends since childhood; I’d only known him for a year. We both knew that he’d tried several times to stop drinking and despite being very distinguished in his career had somehow “failed” at sobriety.

We were also aware of a section in the AA literature that states in plain terms: Some people are simply unable to get…


E. Jean Carroll inspired me to act

Today, I reported my rapist.

My rape happened almost seven years ago. I was 22. My rapist was younger than me. He played football with my younger brother. Before my rape, we had spoken once the night before.

Today, I reported my rapist.

It was October. My parents were out of town. My older brother invited a few friends over, and my rapist was a friend of a friend. I had graduated from college several months beforehand. I was bored, without many friends to keep me occupied. So, I talked to these friends. The friends of friends. I thought I…

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