Breaking down the myth of reverse racism

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‘For the revisionists, racism is prejudice plus power leveraged at an institutional level to maintain the privileges of the dominant social group.’ (Hoyt, Jr., C, 2012)

As an anti-racism writer, I’ve been called a racist more times than I can count. There’s something about a Black woman speaking on her personal trauma and telling her story of being Black in America that is highly triggering.

It’s intriguing, but far from surprising, that gutting racism like a fish by using descriptive words to slit it right down the middle and expose the bones that lie beneath its scaley, slimy surface would…


Why using this strategy to deflect from Black trauma says more about you than you know

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Whataboutism: The technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counteraccusation or raising a different issue.

Standing up against racism is not for the faint of heart. It requires an extremely thick skin. It requires the ability to purge hateful rhetoric from your brain to allow you to function normally in your day-to-day life with loved ones. …


Why talking to white people about racist tendencies creates more trauma that we must work to overcome

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From the boardroom to the coffee shop, when a Black person makes the decision to discuss race with white people, it becomes an uncomfortable, tense, and often combative interaction.

I made the conscious choice to promote and facilitate anti-racism as part of my life’s work. I can tell you first hand that trying to help white people understand that they may have racist tendencies — particularly people who consider themselves to be liberal — has been almost as troubling as dealing with a blatant, self-proclaimed racist.

The immediate defensiveness of some white people when it comes to exploring racism is…


Five more thoughts from the Heart of a Black Woman

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I was hesitant when I wrote part one of this series because I wasn’t sure how it would be received.

My genuine desire was to facilitate an open and honest discussion between Black and White women to dispel myths, clarify racial ambiguities, and most importantly to HUMANIZE Black women.

I was pleasantly surprised by the response from White women and happy that it spawned some thoughtful and productive conversations. I hope this will add to the progress caused by this open dialogue on race, no matter how small the impact.

Every little bit counts.

What was a bit interesting, although…


The definitive guide to most influential anti-racism writers on Medium whose powerful words are shaking up the status quo

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Anti-racism work is a very difficult calling.

Those who devote their lives to securing the freedom, justice, equity and humanization of Black people carry a burden that is almost too much to bear in a country founded on white supremacy.

It is a constant uphill battle against the people who created the horrific conditions that Black people have been subjected to for centuries, and who also turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the disastrous tsunami-like devastation left in its wake.

The amount of heart, mental strength, perseverance, detachment from vicious critics, and endurance it takes to wake up…


It’s either white supremacy or active anti-racism work since Black people are no longer the sole target of violence

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For centuries it has been easy for white Americans to selectively tune in and out of conversations or strategic planning to combat racism. They tuned in when the brutal murder of George Floyd wouldn’t allow those avoiding the label of “racist” to turn away. But they quickly tuned out when the demands for participation to help build an anti-racist society became too bothersome to continue.

Black people were not surprised by the white flight since the battle for equity has always been delegated to us, even though we’re fighting against a situation that none of us created.

We are all…


Why these three little things do not equate to your worth as a human being

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You wake up and log on to your computer.

As it loads your applications, you excitedly anticipate visiting your Medium account since yesterday you posted (in your humble opinion) one of the most brilliant and clever articles you’ve ever written.

Surely everyone will love it, surely each person will give it 50 likes, and surely they will all flood your comment section with adulation and well wishes.

You can see the new followers flocking to you already and can hardly contain yourself as you prepare for the rush this will undoubtedly bring.

You take a deep breath, hover over the…


Imagine how different this day would have ended if the “protesters” were Black Lives Matter supporters

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Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday after attending a rally held by lame-duck president Donald Trump, who incited this savage display.

The protestors-turned-rioters invaded the area designated for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris’ inauguration on January 20th, occupied the steps of the Capitol building and neighboring streets, then broke windows to gain entrance into the Capitol building.

Several rioters entered the Senate chamber with one person taking a seat in President’s chair.


My psyche survived my marriage, but will it survive racism?

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I thought I was going to die.

When I saw the 20-pound weight raised high above his head, I went into self-preservation mode and subconsciously left my body. The thought of dying that way was just too much to absorb.

I could see a 28-year-old woman who looked just like me with the fear of death in her eyes. I wanted to help her, to comfort her, to reach out and tell her it was going to be okay but at that moment, I knew I couldn’t guarantee her safety.

My mind raced to figure out how to stop my…


Thank you for letting me be myself

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Happy 2021!!

If you’re reading this, you survived 2020 and lived to tell about it!

I don’t think any of us could have imaged the past 12 months in our wildest dreams, but making it to the new year should tell every single person in the world something very important about themselves:

You are SPECIAL.

You are RESILIENT.

You are UNBREAKABLE.

I hope anyone who ever doubted their abilities never entertains those self-defeating thoughts again. You made it through the storm, lived to see the dawn, and guess what? You’re STILL STANDING.

Jeanette C. Espinoza

Mom of 2 amazing humans | Author of 3 books | Speaker | Activist | Creator of Jeanette’s Jewels www.jeanettecespinoza.com

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