Each time an explanation of racism and oppression is demanded, we are wasting precious time

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“The very serious function of racism is a distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being.” — Toni Morrison, Portland State University, 1975

I try to rise above the pettiness, but alas, I am a mere mortal.


Having survived over 400 years of direct oppression, the correct classification for us is PURE MAGIC.

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Let’s start from the beginning to address every person who continues to accuse Black people of “playing the victim” when speaking about systemic racism.

Many of us in America are direct descendants of men and women who endured unthinkable atrocities at the hands of vicious, brutal, and greedy colonizers who…

It’s been a while since we’ve chatted — just thought I’d check-in

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Thanks for taking the time to hear the honest thoughts of a Black woman.

It’s been a while since I’ve attempted to facilitate this much-needed conversation between Black and White women, particularly those who bear the name “Mom” because as women, we are the first teachers of new generations. …

My trip to the happiest neighborhood on earth couldn’t save me from the loss of my lifetime

Photo courtesy of the author. Gravesite of the author’s beloved mother, Pauline Gloria Coats.

Sunny Day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street? — Raposo, J. (1969) Sesame Street Theme Song

I happily sang along with the children whose voices filled the speakers of my…

The assumption that Black women have “super-human strength” is a by-product of our ongoing dehumanization

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“We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we’re human, too,” Biles said, according to The Associated Press. “We have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.” …

I’m in this club, but I think my premium benefits got denied

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I’ve read several articles lately that caught my attention about the recent changes and new programs on Medium.

From the bonuses that were distributed over the past few months to the change in algorithms to the over-saturation of new writers infiltrating this platform within the past year (guilty, I joined…

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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